How to run a more eco-friendly gym or fitness club with the support of digital systems

Using digital systems to make your gym more eco-friendly

With a 2015 survey finding that 75% of millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) would happily pay more for products from sustainable brands, it’s clear to see that people are becoming increasingly conscious of social and environmental issues. One of the biggest ways to combat this is by reducing our negative impact on our planet. With that in mind, you should be doing all you can to ensure you’re running an eco-friendly gym or fitness club.

There are many reasons why environmental friendliness has become a hot topic (particularly in recent years), with more and more organisations pledging to improve their practices to protect the future of our planet. Every time we choose to travel by car, bus, or train – fossil fuels are burned, which releases CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) into the air. Additionally, when we send waste to landfill instead of recycling it, it decomposes and emits Methane and CO2. These are greenhouse gases that are steadily contributing to global warming, which harms the planet and its inhabitants by raising the temperature of the Earth. This is causing the polar ice caps to melt, and sea levels to rise.

As a business owner, you’re also required to keep the waste your business produces to a minimum by recycling whenever possible. As outlined by the official UK government website: “you should be doing everything you reasonably can to prevent, reuse, recycle or recover waste (in that order).”

As a gym owner, there many things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment. One of the biggest ways you make your gym more eco-friendly is by utilising digital processes and systems. Although paper can (and should) be recycled to reduce your gym’s environmental impact and meet your legal obligations, you should still be actively trying to reduce the amount of documents you print. This is because a printer uses energy every time it prints a page, and the more energy your lights and electrical equipment use, the more CO2 your business produces. Additionally, ink cartridges aren’t just costly to your business when purchased regularly – when they’re sent to landfill, the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and heavy metals in the ink pollute both water and soil. Double trouble!

Tracy Pritchard from NovoFit shares that “harnessing human power and converting it into utility grade electricity is a fantastic way of making your gym eco-friendly.” NovoFit create treadmills, gym bikes and ellipticals that use the gym goers energy to then power the gym. This is surely the future of green gym technology.

Additionally you can store your documents digitally (in an online Cloud-based system, or on an external hard drive) include bookings and class timetables, membership contracts, and information on policies and procedures. In fact, investing in gym management software will make it simpler than ever to move your documents and processes online. Just one of the ways it does this is by making it possible for new gym members to sign-up through your club’s social media pages or a dedicated terminal in your gym’s reception. Rather than printing a copy, new members’ contracts can then be emailed directly to them.

Gym management software can reduce your impact on the planet  by enabling you to schedule your staff and facilities digitally. You can manage your facilities and your trainer’s schedules from one centralised place, you won’t just eliminate the need to print timetables; you’ll also be able to manage your premises more efficiently.

Additional tips for an eco-friendly gym


As well as moving to digital, some additional steps you can take to ensure a more eco-friendly gym or fitness club:

To find out more about how gym management software can help you run your gym more efficiently, contact Ashbourne Management today.

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