GET FIT Train for a charity walk or run
GIVE BACK Pounding the pavement is an excellent way to get in shape, and having a goal to work towards is a proven way to stick to your training. An upcoming charity walk or run is the perfect goal: Knowing that you’re helping out a good cause can give you that extra push you need to get out the door, even on days where you may not feel like it.
One event you can train and fundraise for is the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, which is taking place in 56 communities across the country on Sunday, September 30th. Donations from the run are invested in the most promising breast cancer research in Canada, as well as support programs that ensure no one faces breast cancer alone. (Since 1992, the CIBC Run for the Cure has raised almost $430 million for breast cancer research and support!)
You can motivate yourself even more by committing to walking or running a personal best. These kinds of goals will fuel you—and may even encourage your supporters to up their contributions. Win-win!
Make your promise and sign up today at cibcrunforthecure.com.
GET FIT Get physical in the great outdoors
GIVE BACK Spending time in nature contributes to good health, and it can do good for your community at the same time. There are loads of volunteer positions in local parks, botanical gardens and urban farms where you can get your hands dirty—and work up a sweat, too.
Or you could put your green thumb to use for organizations that will collect and distribute food to those in need. Toronto-based Not Far From the Tree, for example, sends volunteers to homes with abundant fruit trees, to harvest everything from apples and pears to apricots and sumac. The fruits of your labour are then delivered by bicycle to local food banks, shelters and community kitchens. Talk about a sweet idea!
GET FIT Build movement into your day
GIVE BACK When it comes to exercise, every little bit adds up. In some cases, literally: Take Charity Miles, an app that lets you earn money for your charity of choice simply by moving.
You can log all types of activity, from walking and biking to dancing—the app will detect your motion and measure your distance. There are lots of charities to choose from, so you can pick the causes that mean the most to you. (The funds come from a corporate sponsorship pool, and you can also get sponsored by friends.)
It’s a great way to get out of an exercise rut, because even a small amount of moving will help out a good cause. So get fit and do your bit!