This Thursday is Earth Day. We have been observing Earth Day in the United States for 40 years (first celebrated on April 22, 1970), and it is now observed in over 175 countries worldwide. The purpose of this day is to inspire action from mankind to do our part to protect the planet on which we live, to change the way we live so that we still have a healthy environment in the future. The environment does have a very real and very direct effect on our health, and our health has a real and direct effect on the environment, as well.
Consider some of these tips which can have a positive effect on both your health and your planet:
Less packaging usually means fewer calories! Produce leaves behind very little waste, but junk food leaves behind a lot of plastic and cardboard. Not to mention all of the waste and pollution created by the processing plants!
Most of the little amount of waste that is left behind from produce and other natural foods can be composted. A compost pile is a great way to respect the planet, improve your garden soil, and improve the health benefits of any produce you may grow yourself.
Buy local. Shopping at a local farmer’s market or buying local produce, dairy, products, etc. reduces carbon emissions by decreasing shipping, cold storage, packaging, etc. Also, the average supermarket produce takes anytime between 4 and 7 days to reach the shelf. Fresher produce just tastes better! Check out www.localfoodcolumbus.org for some great information on finding local food right here in Columbus.
Make a commitment to get your exercise the natural way! Skip the treadmill or electronically powered exercise equipment when possible. Also, consider using your own body weight in your workouts, as these workouts tend to focus on more muscle groups. You can exercise almost every muscle in your body with pull-ups, push-ups, lunges, and crunches
Remember, you are a guardian of the planet. Observe Earth Day in your own way, but protect our environment in some way on April 22 and the rest of the year. What will you change this Earth Day?