Every year, in honour of Earth Day, my youngest two children and I participate in their school’s annual ‘Spring Spruce Up’. Tasks include digging rocks, weeding gardens, planting shrubs and seedlings and sometimes, contributing to outdoor artwork to make their hidden-in-the-forest school even more beautiful.
Last week, as we talked about the tasks each of their classes had been assigned, we realized that many of the Earth Day activities that they would be doing were not only healthy for the planet, but healthy for them as well.
When asked to list other Earth Day activities that might benefit both planet and people, here’s what they came up with:
10 Earth Day activities to improve your health
- Leave your car at home and walk to work, school or public transit. (Cliche, I know, but adding a little more movement to your day is never a bad thing; it helped our ancestors to live healthier lives)
- Wash and dry the day’s dishes by hand. (A great arms and core workout while simultaneously saving electricity. Also a great skill to teach your kids…)
- Hang your laundry on the line. (Squat, press, repeat with no lint trap to be cleaned afterwards)
- Weed, hoe and water the garden. (Not only will you be getting in a whole body workout, you’ll also be reducing the future ecological footprint of your food consumption by growing your own greens)
- Prepare a raw meal. (Turn off the oven and microwave for the evening; fresh, raw foods are full of vitamins and nutrients and simple to prepare)
- ‘Free-cycle’ no-longer-used household items. (Just carrying those couches and televisions down to the curb is a strength workout in and of itself and it’s fun to watch and see who picks them up!)
- Enjoy an out-of-doors walk, run or stair workout rather than hopping on the treadmill. (Power your own movement; no electricity required)
- Trade computer games and social media for ‘kick the can’ or ‘patio hockey’. (Interval training at it’s best AND you’ll be modelling active behaviour to your kids)
- Pass on that trip to the mall and knit yourself something instead. (Great for stress reduction and local yarns like the one below have tiny ecological footprints)
- Go to bed when the sun sets. (Save electricity, reduce stress and perhaps spend a little ‘quality time’ with a loved one)
Okay, I admit it. My children didn’t think of the last two of my 10 Earth Day activities. And they certainly won’t be thrilled when I tell them that it’s bedtime when the sun goes down. But we all have to do our part, right 😉
Do you have any healthy-earth-healthy-you activities planned for Earth Day?