The amount of energy we ‘generate’ during a workout in a gym-where does that energy go? Why is that energy not being stored in a meaningful way? Take this for example:
“Pavegen is a promising sidewalk concept that harnesses the kinetic energy generated from footsteps of pedestrians and converts it into electricity. The sidewalk is composed of floor tiles that convert movement–whether it’s a step, jump, hop, or stomp–into renewable energy, which can be used for a variety of purposes, such as lighting, charging electronic devices, and powering interactive displays”
When I first read about this–I thought it was brilliant. Now let’s extend this idea into a gym. In my opinion, every time we walk on a treadmill or pick up weights-that energy should somehow be stored, using Pavegen type technologies. Something like a farm, where you “run” in the field with weights behind you (like a bulldozer) and reap the benefits, rather than running aimlessly on a treadmill, blasting your music to unnecessarily high volumes-causing deafness.