Fitness Expert Ashley Borden Shares Tips on Getting Fit & Going Green!
Fitness junkies love the Earth too. LA-based fitness expert Ashley Borden is currently working on reducing her own carbon footprint.
In doing so, she shares with clients all her recent discoveries for ways to make workouts more ‘sustainable’ – and by that, she doesn’t mean endurance. A NIKE Elite Athlete and recent spokesperson for Nintendo’s Wii Fit, Borden travels the country training clients like Natasha Bedingfield, Ryan Gosling and Taraji P Henson.
Borden’s greener fitness tips:
Buy a 32oz reusable water bottle (www.nalgene-outdoor,com) – This may seem obvious, but just imagine how many bottles you will avoid dumping in a year if you go to the gym even three times a week? That’s 144 bottles!
Bike to the gym one day a week – train yourself to ride, not drive. Then build up days from there. One mile in a car can equal up to one pound of carbon released into the atmosphere so every time you walk, bike or run, you’re reducing your carbon footprint! ( And If you can’t bike, how about a carpool? )
Organic Cotton Serenity Tights or Capris (www.patagonia.com) – Patagonia is setting the pace for green companies. These tights are soft and stretchy for unrestricted mobility on the mat, and they have an adjustable waist that rolls up or down.
Gaiam Reversible Mat
Reversible Yoga Mat
Rita Dress (bamboo) from Sworn Virgins
The “Rita” bamboo dress from Sworn Virgins (www.twigandtwill.com) – I love this eco-fashion line. Its made from bamboo and is softer than cotton! Throw it on over your workout tights to grab a quick lunch after your workout.
Bamboo is a critical element of the economy. It is 100% biodegradable, naturally grown, thriving naturally without any pesticides/fertilizers.
The “Koren” recycled rice bucket bag – (www.ecobags.com) – A large, lightweight and durable bucket bag made from recycled rice bags that will hold more than you can imagine. Made in a fair trade environment in Cambodia of recycled (reclaimed & washed) rice bags from Vietnam.
Gravity Bar– for guys or girls!!
Train at home or outside with a GoFit Gravity Bar (www.gofit,net) – It builds strength and core stability using your own body weight.
Or, have a “excerise swap day” with your friends once a month and trade equipment, dvd’s, etc — for more variety and less waste. Home workouts on dvd can be traded with others .. or using the Wii Fit can be loaned to others to test out and ramp up the workout and cross-train for better fitness.
Being fit means being healthy.