Get fitter while saving the mountains

The Mother Earth has already been diagnosed with Global Warming, a disease that is slowly killing everyone on Earth. If we are responsible for the creation of this hazard we are the victims too. The climatic changes have already begun the destruction. We are the biggest victim of Global warming because we are trekkers. We love mountains for its natural and raw beauty. I feel terrible knowing that what we get to experience today is only a smaller part as compared to what it was 10 years back. And I am exceedingly terrified to imagine losing all of this. I am sure, you too can’t imagine life without the mountains. Therefore, we all should not let ourselves suffer anymore. We should and we are bound to take some action.

The prominent reason for climatic changes are the unfavourable activities we do in the cities. Being a trekker does not only mean protecting the mountains while on the treks. The process of preserving our mountains start from our homes. A minor change in our day to day activities will guarantee stupendous views on Himalayan treks. Additionally, this change will help you get fit for your next Himalayan trek. Well, you already know these essentials to save our environment, but there are hidden benefits you don’t know. All the processes of healing our Earth are actually for your advantage. You can,
Save money   Save nature    Build muscles    Stay happy
Basically, get fitter and fitter by,

1- Saving petrol 

If you are planning for a trek, run to your office (10-15km) every alternate day. You can run halfway and then take a cab halfway as per your strength. Walk for small distances. Always try to take a route that stretches uphill. All this means not taking out separate time for the workout. You workout and get to work at the same time.

2- Saving electricity

Avoid lifts, escalators and take stairs. A climbing staircase is analogous to hiking uphill. This helps you build leg strength. Be it morning, lunch, evening tea or leaving time in office, make sure to use stairs. Follow the same in malls, your society, everywhere. If you have 5-10 minutes extra, go up/down the staircase 3-4 times. This works best if you are feeling sleepy in the office, just take a stair break and feel alive!
Turn off the unnecessary lights. The lights from bulbs, tube lights affect our eyes. Therefore, complete as much work as you can do in daylight to cut down artificial lights. Exactly like how you would do in the mountains!
Cut down phone time. The less you use the mobile, the less you would charge it and the more energy you would save. Also, this reduces strain on the eyes and neck. You would feel sleepy early and rise early as you would do in the mountains!
Stop using electronic devices for household chores. Do it yourself. The routines of washing clothes, sweeping, cleaning dust, etc. are actually strength exercises. On weekend try to wash more clothes. This will definitely build your biceps!

If all of the above, help you get a healthy body, the following will keep your mind and soul happy.

3- Saving water

No explanation is required for this. If you can survive a 4-5 days trek with less water, you can definitely survive at your home. Imagine your every day as it would be in the mountains and limit water usage.

4- Saving plastic

Try to reduce and reuse of plastic products. Cut down as much plastic waste as possible. Do not eat things wrapped in plastic like. chocolates, chips, packaged food. This prevents eating of unhealthy food making enough room for a healthy diet. If exercising is important so is eating the right food. Make a thumb rule, if it comes in plastic, it does not go in my tummy!

Another option to reduce plastic waste is to reuse plastic products. Reuse old plastic bottles to fill in nonedible items. Make some decor from plastic waste.  Instead of throwing away plastic bags, save them for that rainy day on a Himalayan trek.

5- Saving paper

Cut down on paper. With all the E-things coming we are already using less paper, yet, if possible avoid using paper. With the plastic ban, most of our items are packed in paper bags. Carry cloth bags or tiffin to save paper/cardboards used for packing.

6- Less shopping

This not only does benefits on your pocket but also prevents buying more clothes. Reuse or redesign your old clothes to reduce the demand for clothes. The amount of destruction caused in production, regeneration, disposal of clothes is harmful to nature. Just like your hiking clothes, choose durable, long lasting daily attire. As a byproduct, you save money, plastic, paper, cardboard (packaging of products), fuel (transport to the shops) and get to use your favourite fabric again!

Checking your garbage
Your garbage says it all!
If it has plastic, paper, box packaging, that means you are still eating junk food, shopping.
If it has leftover food, that means you are not having enough food or using a lot of refrigerators. Prepare only the required amount of food, do not preserve in the refrigerator.
If it has fresh vegetable or fruit skin, that means you are eating healthy and you are fit.
Check your garbage every day, every week, every month. Review and rate yourself.

In fact, check your daily activities every day, every week, every month. Review and rate yourself, whether you are really

Saving money
Saving nature
Building muscles
and Staying happy!

Are you already doing these? Tell us your method of saving nature and getting fitter.

Written By
Nutan Shinde
Official Writer