Day 24

Fitness

SPONSORED BY CLIF BAR

OVERVIEW

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian

You already know that the first step towards a healthy planet is a healthy mind and body. You learned about the importance of taking care of your mind in the Wellness challenge, but what about your body? And no, we’re not talking body shape here! Everyone is unique and beautiful in their own ways, and you definitely can’t tie fitness back to one body type or another, but it’s important to recognize the benefits of getting out and active every day!

Let’s face it: working out is hard. When you have the option between comfort or sweat, it can seem almost impossible to choose the latter. But did you know that studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are happier and more at peace? Why? Because exercise releases endorphins in your brain; chemicals that reduce stress and elevate happiness. The physical activity doesn’t need to be vigorous. Just getting your heart pumping, muscles flexing, and blood moving is enough!

Bike. Rock climb. Hike. Dance. Kayak. Walk. Swim. Listen to your body and figure out activities that work best for you. Being active is a time when you can connect with yourself, build strength, and improve health. Not to mention it gets you outside, which allows you to step back from your busy life and connects you with your surroundings. Need some inspiration to get started? Check out the adventures of CLIF Bar, a community of passionate athletes, or the global adventures that Ecophiles reports on.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week to remain healthy. Physical activity is particularly important for preventing heart disease and stroke, leading causes of death in the United States, with heart disease being number 1.

Now that we’ve covered the importance of physical exercise, it’s time to dive more deeply into the whole of fitness. The food you eat to fuel your body, the clothes you wear to work out, and the gear you use all impact you and the planet.

We’ve already talked about food and fashion in previous challenges, so let’s extend the conversation to fitness. Food is fuel, so it’s important to choose products that will give you energy without compromising your values, like CLIF Bar’s organic energy food. Conventional clothing or gear options can be made with harmful, synthetic materials that emit toxic gases when you sweat. For example, yoga and other mats may contain the chemical additive polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen that off-gas during your workout.

Luckily, a wide variety of eco-friendly products exist that allow you to feel good physically and consciously. So let’s get moving.

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

THINK

How much time do you spend sitting every day? Especially during school, it’s easy to let hours fly by without hardly even standing up. Too much sitting is linked to negative health impacts such as higher cholesterol, increased risk of diabetes, and more. At Turning Green, we use standing desks to stay on our feet throughout the day.

CHALLENGE

  • Reflect on your day yesterday. Estimate how much time you spent sitting down.
  • In what setting did you spend the most time seated?
  • Did you exercise at all? If so, what activity (ies) did you do?
  • So now, take a deep breath. Then, Get up! Stretch! Jump! Jog! How does that make you feel? Now that you are off your butt (Yes, we said it!), it’s time to get active and reenergize!
  • Grab a friend and do something to get your heart pumping and muscles moving.
  • What activity did you choose? How long will you spend doing it? (Commit to at least 15-20 minutes of exercise). Be creative, but most of all have fun!
  • Take a mid-activity photo.
  • In a couple of sentences, reflect on this experience.

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload your responses, photo and photo caption in a PDF document. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

 

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greener_2016.pdf)
  • Do not include # in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • Link images if possible
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2016.
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greener

40 POINTS

THINK

From protein bars and shakes to energy drinks and supplements, there are hundreds of products on the market that claim to be nutritious, enhance performance, and increase energy. But once you look past the flashy packaging and take a hard look at the ingredients, you might realize that these products aren’t as great as they’re made out to be. The best way to fuel your body is with certified organic, whole foods!

CHALLENGE

Now that you’ve exercised, it’s time to refuel! Using your knowledge of real food and healthy decisions, make a post-workout meal.

  • Include one snack item and one beverage. Consider options like homemade granola bars, fruits and veggies, and smoothies. Think about other plant based proteins to infuse maximum nutrition (not soy!).
  • Be conscious when using protein powder – many brands contain artificial ingredients that can adversely impact your body. Great options like chia and hemp seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and other great benefits.
  • Make your post workout snack, attach the recipe and take a fabulous photo…one that we might be able to use in The Conscious Kitchen Cookbook coming out soon!
  • Post the photo of your snack and beverage on Instagram. Include a recipe in the caption. Tag @turninggreenorg and @clifbarcompany and use the hashtags #PGC2016 and #fitspiration.

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload a picture of your meal with recipes, and a screenshot of your post, in a PDF document. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greener_2016.pdf)
  • Do not include # in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • Link images if possible
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2016.
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greenest

60 POINTS

THINK

Many of the same harmful chemicals found in personal care products, cleaning supplies, and food lurk in our workout clothes and gear too. Now that you have thought about different aspects of your exercise routine, it’s time to gather everything you’ll need to make eco-fitness a part of your everyday, even if its just a walk around campus with a friend.

CHALLENGE

Think about an ideal exercise routine that works best for you. What kind of activities do you like to do? Are there any activities you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t gotten around to it?

  • Choose an activity or workout routine and do some research on everything you’ll need to be productive and successful in this activity. Is there gear you will need?
  • Create a visual (could be a fun infographic) that includes your workout equipment or gear, at least one full set of apparel (include shoes, tops, bottoms), food and beverage.
  • Look for products that are certified organic, fair trade, non-GMO, no BPA or phthatates, made ethically, etc. In other words, the best they can be in terms of impact on people and planet.
  • Include the product name, brand, URL, price, and a description about why you made that selection.

 

DELIVERABLES

Upload your responses and visual in a PDF document. Please include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • Please submit all entries as PDFs – no word or pages docs.
  • Please save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_greener_2016.pdf)
  • Do not include # in filenames
  • Please be sure to include all content for your submission in one doc
  • Do not upload a file bigger than 5 MB
  • Link images if possible
  • You will get a confirmation that your submission uploaded correctly. If you did not get a confirmation, please try again.
  • If your total points do not change, your submission did not load correctly and you will have to try again.
  • Send any questions you have to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2016.

 

The deadline for entering this challenge has past.