Living a healthy lifestyle and helping the environment go hand in hand. These are two goals that you can accomplish at the same time, without having to spend a lot of money on expensive exercise equipment or diet plans that you'll end up shirking within days. We've assembled a list of 10 ways to go green and improve your health simultaneously that are easy and cheap or free:
- Air-dry your clothes: Washing machines use a lot of energy and fabric softeners often contain skin allergens that can result in irritation.
- Buy local: The more products you buy that were manufactured far away from your city, the more gasoline was burned to bring it to you, which results in poor air quality.
- Don't buy bottled water: Water from the tap is cheaper – and often healthier – than bottled water, according to Readers Digest. Bottlers are often less regulated than municipal water departments.
- Don't eat meat: Meat is high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and clearing land for livestock has been devastating for the environment.
- Eat vegetables instead: Veggies are far less resource-intensive than meat, and they're a lot better for you.
- Go outside: According to PsychCentral.com, researchers have actually proven that simply being outside in fresh air will improve your health.
- Plant trees around your house: Not only do trees act as natural air purifiers, they also cool the area around them, meaning that your home will need less air conditioning in the summer to stay cool.
- Recycle as much as possible: Things you throw away end up in landfills, which cause major public health problems for nearby communities, including your own.
- Use baking soda… for everything: Baking soda is non-toxic and can replace many household products. See this list of 51 things you can do with baking soda.
- Walk to your appointments and errands: Exercise gets you out of your gas-guzzling car and helps you slim down and improve cardiovascular health.
Keep checking back with LifeIsGreen.com for more information on going green.