Are You Running Green?

Some of the latest trends in today’s culture are centered around the idea of “going green.” With new eco-friendly merchandise available – covering everything from cleaning products, clothing and shoes - there are many ways in which you can make little changes to your lifestyle habits that can make a big difference for protecting the environment. Making your life “more green” can even be incorporated into your running!

There are many ways in which you can recycle and energize your running habits while taking part in doing good for your earthly surroundings as well.  How do you do this?  Read on for more information!

  • Use your running routine as means of transportation. Going to a gym and using a treadmill aren’t the only ways in which you can get a great run in. Save your gas and reduce car emissions by running to your gym workout and skip the treadmill once you get there!
  • Buy green apparel. No we’re not talking about the color!  But there are many running shoes and workout clothes available today that use recycled or decomposable material.
  • Deal with old shoes. Donate your old running shoes to charity, or to programs that will recycle them, like Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program or Dr. Danciger’s annual shoe drive!  Nike’s program reuses your shoe materials to resurface tracks and basketball courts across the country and Dr. Danciger donates the gently used shoes to individuals who can’t afford a new pair.  
  • Care for your gear. Wash your work out apparel in cold water instead of hot and instead of using the energy for your dryer, hang your clothes to dry instead. Not only will this save energy and cut down your heating bill, but it will make your clothes last longer as well.
  • Make a difference. There are many ways you can get involved with your community and their efforts to go green. Donate to organizations that create or promote new trails and running paths, volunteer to clean up a trail or road you like to run on, or even help organize a recycling drive.

Going green doesn’t have to be overwhelming or life altering. By changing little habits associated with your running regimens, you can contribute to making a difference for a better environment! Are there any simple ways in which you’ve changed your life to be greener? Please share by commenting below!

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle
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