The dimension of wellness that I’m touching on in this post is the environmental aspect of wellness. It is our duty to care for the environment that we get so much from. With that being said, taking your exercise outside can help save on electricity and reduce the demand for gyms popping up on every corner. Some cities, including Charlotte, are creating Fitness Zones in parks which incorporate gym equipment into outdoor park areas for public use. There is also a fascinating movement (primarily in Europe) to create green gyms that convert the energy made by exercisers to power the very building they are working out in. One US based green gym is the Green Micro Gym in Portland, Oregon.
Additionally, by exercising in green areas we are reminded that our wilderness areas are invaluable, which further encourages us to care for them. Why would anyone care for something that they don’t know anything about? Respect and appreciation is crucial in order to get people on board with protecting our environment.
Check out the links below to find out more about these green exercise alternatives: https://www.tpl.org/our-work/parks-for-people/fitness-zone-area® http://www.thegreenmicrogym.com
Side note: If you want to make sure you are interacting with nature in a responsible way, check out the 7 principles of Leave No Trace, which were created as a way to help leave nature as untouched as possible while enjoying the outdoors. Learn more at this link: https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles