Filling the need for volunteer labor outdoors is a great way to benefit your body and the environment. Whether you find a vacant lot that needs help becoming a park, or picking up trash to help beautify a neighborhood, all this hard work will give you a farmer's physique and a wonderful sense of satisfaction. Not only that, but research by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that "volunteers have greater longevity, higher functional ability, lower rates of depression and less incidence of heart disease."
Boycott the Car
Walking everywhere you need to go, or at least walking to the public transit that will take you everywhere you need to go, is a fantastic way to help yourself and the environment. You can burn more than 200 calories per hour by walking, which will result in weight loss when combined with a balanced diet. And by walking instead of driving, you are saving on CO2 emissions and cutting back on usage of fossil fuels.
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Eating vegan, which means cutting out diary, eggs, and all animal products, has an astounding number of health benefits. Its easy to imagine that less animal fat would help with getting healthy, but did you know that a vegan diet has also been to help rheumatoid arthritis and even stave off allergies? Being vegan also helps the environment, by saving on all of the energy and water used to raise animals. We often forget about these “hidden” wasted resources. If you are finding it hard to compare the amount of water used to grow the veggies in a salad, versus the meat for a hamburger, the folks at GOOD published a fantastic infographic that shows the HUGE disparity.
If you are having trouble knowing how to start a vegan diet, PETA has a nice web introduction set up. And if you feel that going vegan is not going to work for you, try vegetarian — or at least doing meatless Mondays.
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