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Photo Credit: Robin McConnell

I’ve had friends tell me that they get frustrated when they read about global warming and climate change because they don’t know what to do. In earlier posts, I discussed a few ways to change your driving habits and how bicycle commuting can save your health, money and fossil fuels. Like bicycling, choosing eco-friendly ways to exercise can keep you healthy while reducing your use of fossil fuels. Running, walking nordic skiing, kayaking, canoeing…they all are power-driven by YOU, which saves fossil fuels. Today’s feature is on running, my favorite sport.

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My wife and I are avid runners — running is a passion and comes easy to us. We realize, though, that not everyone is going to run really long distances like we do. And you don’t have to run at that level to maintain health and be eco-friendly. A short (20-30 minutes per day) walk/run program can provide you needed cardio exercise while still benefitting the environment.

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Photo Credit: Robin McConnell

In the book “Women’s Complete Guide to Running, Jeff and Barbara Galloway present a 26-week training program that uses a combination of running and walking. They write: “The run-walk method is very simple: you run for a short segment and then take a walk break, and keep repeating this pattern.” While all you need is a good pair of running shoes (very important!), there’s a really cool gadget called the Gymboss that keeps track of your intervals and beeps when it’s time to change from running to walking and vice versa.

There’s even one more potential benefit — you can sign up for a 5K that benefits your community. There are all kinds of 5K races for good causes — that raise money and awareness for non-profit organizations from those that help families in need to humane societies and environmental organizations. Check out your local running store for good shoes, running clinics and information on local races. Not only will you get in shape and reduce your use of fossil fuels…you can also help your community! Win-win!!

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