So, you know how staying fit and working out is super important for your health? Well, it turns out that exercise doesn’t just benefit your fitness, but often it extends to improving your impact on the environment! 

Picture yourself cruising around on a bike or simply walking instead of being stuck in traffic in your car. Through active travel, cities become more sustainable due to a decrease in transport pollution. Outdoor activity also shows greater improvements in mental health compared to indoor activity as well as exposure to Vitamin D, so the benefits stack up. It’s not just good for you; it’s good for everyone and everything around you. 

And get this – staying fit while being green doesn’t mean you can’t hit the gym! Even if you’re exercising indoors, you can do it in an eco-friendly way. In the Inner West, all our council buildings, including gyms and pools, run on renewable electricity or are divested from fossil fuels. So, if you use Council-run gyms or fitness programs, you’re doing your bit for the environment just by working on your fitness! 

So, let’s sweat it out, stay fit, and do our bit for the planet – one workout at a time!   

If you want to be part of a greener, healthier future, there are a few things you can do: 

  • Join our new GLC Fitness program, where you can join in with other like-minded people for a challenging bodyweight workout, and a free organic morning tea! 
  • Ever heard of the Greenway project? It’s all about making our city more bike and pedestrian-friendly. Check it out if you live or work in the Inner West. Oh, and don’t forget to share your thoughts on green spaces and projects like the Greenway. Your voice matters
  • If you need active wear consider sustainable brands or search your local op shops for gear that often still has the label on 
  • If you’ve got exercise equipment at home, why not power it up with renewable energy? It’s a small change but makes a big difference. 
  • And hey, we’ve got free bike tune-ups if you’re ready to dust off your wheels and hit the road. 
How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint While You Exercise – StEP (