Health & Fitness

By Jasmin Guleria

In honor of Earth Day, our April Fit Finds will be devoted to everything healthy, green, and eco-conscious. As we all know, our downward spiraling environment was an important topic during this year’s presidential debates and our new president seems hard at work on this issue. But you don’t have to be in the spotlight of the country to make a difference. Just a few changes in your lifestyle can help start our planet’s healing process. Purchasing organic produce, walking when possible, and buying recycled products are just a few ways to up the ante on your environmentalism. Check out the products below to help indulge your eco-savvy spirit.

Green T clothing is earth-conscious workout gear with fashion-forward style. From its use of organic cotton and bamboo fabric, right down to the eco-friendly water based dyes used to color their shirts, Green T wear is the perfect addition to your closet. Attract attention with their yoga gear, spa style, and hipster-looking beanies. Available at http://www.egreent.com.

Firefighters are known for their fit bodies and their heroism, but let’s face it – the idea of a plant-only eating firefighter definitely raises some eyebrows. Professional tri-athlete-turned firefighter Rip Esselstyn is looking to break this stereotype with his book, the Engine 2 Diet. Rip highlights the advantages of eating a plant-based diet void of meat and dairy products. Included in this info-packed easy to read book is a firefighter-worthy workout that’s sure to get your heart rate up and your muscles sore. Rip promises that in 28 days you will not only lose significant weight, but will also be on the track to a longer healthier life. Even if you’re a die-hard meat-eater, give this diet a whirl, it may just change your thinking as well as your taste buds. Available at http://www.theengine2diet.com , amazon.com, or your local Barnes and Noble.

One more book that’s hitting shelves this month is Sophie Uliano’s, The Gorgeously Green Diet: How to Live Lean and Green. Sophie’s first book, Gorgeously Green, helped show women that living an earth-friendly life could be (and should be) easy and fun. Now, in her follow up book, she shows how to love food, live healthily, lose weight, and save money, all while saving the planet. Available at http://www.gorgeouslygreen.com.

On average, we purchase more than 30 billion plastic bottles of water annually. Think about it – thousands of dollars are wasted on something that we can get for free and less than 14% of these bottles are recycled! The Wellness H2.O water bottle is a unique, reusable water bottle that not only filters toxins and fights free radicals, but also enhances your water with Japanese minerals for further hydration. Join the campaign to end bottled water by purchasing one of these today at http://www.endbottledwater.com.

Originally published April 2009
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