10 Earth Day activities that are good for your health

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.

Earth Day Activities

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

  1. 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)
  2. 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…)
  3. Hang your laundry on the line. (Squat, press, repeat with no lint trap to be cleaned afterwards)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. ‘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!)
  7. Enjoy an out-of-doors walk, run or stair workout rather than hopping on the treadmill. (Power your own movement; no electricity required)
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. Go to bed when the sun sets. (Save electricity, reduce stress and perhaps spend a little ‘quality time’ with a loved one)

Earth Day activities

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?

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  1. Love this list – what a great idea!!!
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  2. I will not talk negatively about Mother Earth today!? 😉 Since we cannot get outside to weed, garden, walk, or hang laundry due to snow on the ground and the rain/snow coming later today I will have to opt for the “no electricity” and starting out good since our dishwasher has been on the fritz for months and we ONLY wash dishes by hand now. (presently too cheap to call a repair man..ha!)
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    • Oh I feel for you. My dishwasher is probably the only appliance in the house that I would really hate to be broken. With 3 kids, that’s a lot of dishes to wash daily (although they really should be doing the clean up if I’m preparing the meals, don’t you think?)

  3. Words of wisdom, not just for a day, but…

    Five years ago I gave my car away and have never looked back. I attempt to live minimally, and have few possessions.

    I live most of these daily, with the exception of the microwave, and the electronics. Though I hit the laundry mat once a month or so, but otherwise hand wash and dry on my porch.

    Why, I wonder, is Earth day but once a year..?
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    • Roy, I do totally get your point. It’s kind of like only thinking about on mom’s on Mother’s Day or our significant other on Valentines. We need to make a conscious effort 365 days of the year.
      At least Earth Day is a wake up call for some…

  4. LOVE!!! Now if I had a yard & stuff, I could do some of these I can’t do due to lack of yard BUT a walk sounds wonderful AND I usually wash by hand anyway. 🙂 Just the tow of us so not a o lot of dishes. 🙂

    I love the pic of your kids!!!!
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  5. I love these ideas Tamara! We usually always hand wash our dishes and living in NYC we walk or take public transportation everywhere. But really, I just want to be outside and appreciate it all today. Love the pictures of your kids!

    • I would love a more urban existence Christine. It sounds wonderful to be able to walk more and take public transport. The reality of it is, we live in serious suburbia; closest grocery store is 3 miles away and the kids’ schools are even farther. Public transit is a joke here…

  6. OK
    I cornered mine and she said: do not shower for all the day long. save water.

    (can you tell what she hears all the time? although I dont think thats how I phrase it… :-))

    • Ha! My kids didn’t even think of that one; probably because they only take showers when I remind them to…

  7. Great tips. There is also something very therapeutic about washing dishes by hand, too.

  8. We became so much more aware of conserving resources when we moved onto the boat and had to really manage power, water, sewage, and make sure to only use sea-friendly cleaners/soaps as everything that went down the drain went to the ocean.

    Good list… I love walking whenever I can and I am light/power switch monitor too!

    • Elle, I can only imagine! You certainly can’t have very much excess ‘stuff’ lying around either. Perhaps that’s what we need to do… move to a boat, or at least a smaller houser!

  9. I really like the idea of going to bed when the sun goes down. However, I think my boyfriend will be just as excited as your kids will be when I mention it. 😉 Happy Earth Day!
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  10. Great list! Happy Earth day to you!
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  11. What did I do for earth day, I laid outside and enjoyed the stunning weather – well for like 10 minutes (that’s all I could spare) but it was AMAZING! To me, every day is earth day! 🙂
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    • I hear you Gigi. Sounds like you and Roy are on the same page. My kids did well until I asked them to get off the computer…

  12. What a good list! And I’m really impressed with some of you very green readers like Elle and the ‘Contemplative Fitness’ blogger. Our household is not as green as that, but we do certain things like using and washing rags instead of paper towels.
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  13. 11. Make every day Earth Day 🙂
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