Friday, September 4, 2009

Green Gyms Pump Up The Earth

“A few health clubs are implementing eco-friendly and energy-efficient initiatives and systems that encourage gym rats to think about something more than their appearance. ‘You’re part of the solution when you come here,’ says Adam Boesel, owner of The Green Microgym in Portland, Ore. ‘That’s what they talk about and that’s what they think is cool about the gym.’ Clubs of all sizes can incorporate green measures, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, which represents more than 9,750 for-profit health and fitness facilities. The Boston-based organization says doing so can have a positive impact on recruitment and retention, and the bottom line. Don’t be afraid to question what your health club -- or one you’re considering joining -- is doing to help the environment. Here are five questions to ask the owners or sales staff. 1. Do you recycle?, 2. How do you control your energy usage?, 3. Are your cleaning supplies environmentally friendly?, 4. Are you paying attention to the outdoors?, and 5. Are the extras eco-friendly?”

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