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What is Good for You, is Good for the Planet

These days, we are painfully aware that everything we do has an impact on our environment. If you want to help the planet, all you have to do is to look over your daily routine to see what kind of changes you could do in your lifestyle to make your actions eco-friendly.

Go for a more plant-based diet

Eating less red meat or leaner white meat has been proven to be good for your health. It helps you lose weight, regulate your cholesterol levels, and improves your overall health.

Eating more greens is also better for the environment. You don’t have to stop eating pork, beef or chicken altogether; you only have to eat less. If you modify your diet to include more plant-based food items, not only are you helping reduce the need for resources required to farm meat, you’re also contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

Eco-optimize your workout

You can do this by choosing to purchase ethical activewear from conscientious companies. These companies use fabrics made from materials that are sustainably farmed. These companies pay their workers fair wages and follow universal labor laws. The finished products rarely, if ever, have non-biodegradable or non-recyclable components, too.

Ditch the bottled water during your workouts, too. Choose instead to chug your water from BPA-free reusable bottles.

Use green modes of transportation

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Walk, cycle, or carpool as often as you can. You can also use public transportation more often. This reduces your carbon footprint and lowers the amount of greenhouses gasses you produce directly. Walking and cycling is also a wonderful cardiovascular exercise that benefits you.

If you can, try to work via telecommuting as often as possible. This saves you travel time in the morning, lowers your stress levels, and increases your productivity, while also lowering your carbon footprint.

Go dark at bedtime

Shut down your computer and turn off your mobile device an hour before your bedtime. The blue light from these devices triggers chemical activity in your brain, keeping it active and robbing you of a good night’s rest. Extended exposure to artificial light has also been known to damage your eyes, leading to poor eyesight. You should also unplug your television and shut down your computer. That way, you won’t be tempted to go online “for a few minutes” before bed.

Complete darkness at bedtime allows your body to “shut down” entirely during sleep. Deeper, uninterrupted sleep allows your body to rest and recover from the daily demands of living. You’ll be using less power, which is good for the planet and have more energy, which is excellent for you.

While these are all steps geared towards you leading a healthier lifestyle, they are also ways to make the planet a little healthier. These are very simple tasks that you can start today, and each one makes a significant impact on the way you affect the planet. These small steps, done by several people over an amount of time, can help prevent further damage, and maybe hopefully reverse what has already been done to our planet.