There are many ways exercising can either help or hurt the environment.
Samuel Huber, from Wisconsin runs to help the planet. He is part of a growing movement of runners Called, eco-running.
Being a physical education teacher and avid runner who believes that the environment around us makes outdoor activities enjoyable and memorable. Samuel Huber was tired of seeing litter on his runs, he became an “eco-runner,” a term that describes both a simple act and an entire philosophy.
Eco-running involves picking up rubbish while you are out on a run. Samuel carries a biodegradable bag when he runs outside- when he sees something that shouldn’t be there, he swoops down and picks it up,. then carrys it in his bag until he reaches an appropriate trash receptacle. But eco-running is about so much more. According to Samuel, eco-running is just one part of living a truly green lifestyle. It fits in with other eco-friendly actions, like using alternative methods of transportation, buying local and organic foods, bringing your own bags to the grocery store, recycling, and cutting energy usage.
To become an eco-runner, all you need is your usual running attire,biodegradable trash bags (BioBags, but any bag will do), environmental awareness, and motivation. Really, you don’t even have to run. You can walk or just be prepared when traveling outside.
Attach an “eco-” to any fitness activity you choose, and look for litter along the way. Try eco-walking, eco-hiking, eco-cycling, eco-kayaking, or even eco-golfing. The Eco-Runner concept can be applied to any activity you love, as long as you’re, in Samuel’s words, “leaving nothing but footprints, and taking someone else’s trash with you.”
There are many "green", running and fitness events in most cities. It's a great way to get involved. Not just by making a difference in your own health, but making one in the world around you.