6 Ways to Green Your Life

6 Ways to Green Your Life

If you’re not worried, outraged, or terrified about the environment, you aren’t paying attention. Due to habitat loss and climate change, ecosystems all around the world are under stress. 1/3 of all amphibian species are collapsing, and many biologists believe that we are in the early stages of a human-caused mass extinction of animals and plants. It may be too late to halt climate change, but the actions of individuals still make a difference. Here are some relatively easy things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint right now.

Buy locally. Organic grapes flown in from Chile in the winter are not substantially better for the environment than conventionally grown local oranges. Anything grown within fifty miles of you has required less fuel and produced less pollution to get to you. Of course, if you can get local, organic produce, that’s even better: fewer toxic chemicals in the earth and you, plus less pollution. And remember, it’s not an all or nothing situation. You don’t need to buy 100% organic or 100% local to be helping.
Be a more conscious consumer. Being a ‘green consumer’ is an oxymoron: being green is about using fewer resources and generating less waste. But you can certainly start by phasing out less environmentally friendly products and replacing them with better ones — say, a defunct refrigerator with a highly energy efficient one, plastic water bottles with a reusable one, chemical cleaners with baking soda and vinegar. Swap out single-use products with reusable ones, and avoid things with a lot of packaging.
Consume less. Making greener choices at the store is a good beginning, but you’ll also want to cut back on things you simply don’t need, even when they’re marketed as ‘green.’ Remember, the canvas bags you already have at home are a more eco-friendly option than going out and buying designer organic cotton totes. Buying green is about buying less. (Yes, those sustainable bamboo towels are tempting! But your plain cotton towels are still perfectly functional.)
Join your local Freecycle to clean out your garage, get things you need, and most importantly, keep usable items out of landfills. Wherever possible, reusing is better and more energy efficient than recycling.
Add a wind or solar power system to your house. Over its lifetime, a smallish 2.5 kw solar power system means 300 barrels of oil or 1,100 lbs of acid rain not produced. To think of it another way, a solar power system equals 500 trees planted. Although wind or solar power systems are not an option for everyone, they are an excellent way to offset the use of non-renewable, pollutant energy sources. Believe it or not, conventional energy is still largely produced by burning fossil fuels.
Adjust your attitude: see resources as limited. They are. Whether gasoline, food, energy, clean water, or commercial goods, they all come at the cost of natural resources, habitats, and species. Use them wisely.

Jennifer Mo is a longtime tree-hugger, vegetarian, and proponent of all things that are good for your body and for the planet. To learn more about solar power and the environment, please visit http://www.premierpower.com .

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6 Ways to Get Fat

6 Ways to Get Fat

Are you looking to lose weight? Are you currently doing any of the following? If so, continue these behaviors and they will ensure that you won’t lose a pound.

1. Only Perform Steady-State Cardio. In order to gain as much fat as possible you must slow down your metabolism. So continue with your daily jog or walk as your primary choice of exercise. Walking and jogging will allow your body to adapt very quickly, thus reducing your metabolism to snail mode and allowing your body to burn less and less calories each day. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that men and women who logged the same weekly mileage year after year — regardless of the amount — gained weight. So if you’re looking to put on some pounds be sure to continue with your daily morning jog.

2. Never Lift Heavy Weights. Lifting heavy weights will build muscle tissue, which will increase your metabolism and turn your body into a fat burning machine. So by all means stay away from those big weights and stick with the pretty pink 5-pound dumbbells.

3. Do Not Keep A Nutrition Journal. The simple act of writing down what you eat each day will help you lose weight. Journaling will make you more conscious of what you are eating and help to make you aware of your shortcomings. Also, if you journal your fitness coach will be able to give you advice and help design a nutrition program for you. So rip up that nutrition journal now and keep gaining fat. Who says you need to hold yourself accountable!

4. Skip Breakfast. Starting your day off with a meal will only increase your metabolism. If you want to gain fat make sure to skip breakfast and wait until lunch to eat. After all you haven’t eaten anything in the past 7 hours so what better way to keep your metabolism in a slump than to wait at least another 5 hours before you eat.

5. Only Eat One Large Meal Per Day. Eating frequently, such as every 3 hours, will keep your metabolism running high and burning fat all day long. So in your quest to gain as much fat as possible be sure to only eat one large meal per day. This way your body will be in starvation mode and everything you eat will be stored as fat.

6. Do Not Eat Protein With Each Meal. Protein is the building block of metabolism revving muscle and should be avoiding at all costs if you are trying to gain fat. On the other hand feel free to eat carbohydrates at will. Carbs will keep those fat promoting hormones flowing and make sure you at least add an inch or two to your waistline.

Obviously this article is a little sarcastic, but sometimes looking at things from a different perspective helps. If you are looking to lose body fat and trim up and you are currently doing any of the above habits stop now and get on the road to fat loss success.

Josh Proch is a fitness coach based and owner of Defined Fitness located in New Castle, Pennsylvania. For more information visit http://www.Defined-Fitness.com

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