Fitness for a Cause

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Since I was nine I never really wanted to do anything that was “good for me”.  It came with such negatives. For instance, I am still wrestling with why I was told as a child that I should eat my vegetables because “they will put hair on my chest.” Seriously, that’s your sales pitch? To my older brother maybe, but explain to me again why a 9 year old girl would want hair on her chest. Is the circus coming to town?

I think we can all agree that sometimes it’s just hard to do what is good for us no matter what reason we are given. Who doesn’t know that exercise is good for them yet we find so many excuses not to do it. With the events I have highlighted this week, I think I may have hit upon an idea that may change your mind even if only for a few hours. I want to invite you to not only exercise for your good, but for the good of all of us. How so, you ask. Circus folk aside, let me explain. Walking is often referred to as the best exercise and boy does fall have many opportunities to walk. I am not talking about walking for walking sake, but walking for the sake of so many. I am talking about the plethora of fund raising walks going on all over such as Step Out for Diabetes, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Making Strides against Breast Cancer, Leukemia Light the Night, Alzheimer Walks, American Heart Association, ALS and many other local fund raising walks.

I know you will really want to do this regardless of the fact that it is good for you. See, now you can delude yourself by making it seem like you are doing it for your fellow man and not to work to get back in those jeans from high school. Another great reason is to use it as a teachable moment for your children and grandchildren to be responsible members of the community. A very popular trend in these walks is to include family members, even children, and in many cases even pets. Be sure to check the participant registration. Believe me it will be easier to get them to participate in the walks than to get them to eat their vegetables, if you get my drift.

Whatever your rationale, the events this week offer many opportunities in many different places to get involved. I can assure you that somewhere near you a walk for a good cause is taking place this week. Some of these organizations themselves have over 100 walks in October nationwide. So no more excuses. Let’s get moving for our own health and for the health of others.  And who knows, if you walk enough times you might actually get into those jeans again. As long as you walk right past the neighborhood coffee shop and do not stop to get an iced Caramel Frappe Whipped Cream Double Latte along the way.

Light the Night

Oct 12, 2013

Sugarhouse Park Salt Lake City, UT 84105

The Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s nationwide evening walk. Walkers carry illuminated balloons to celebrate and commemorate the lives touched by cancer. Funds raised will support our mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Anyone can take part—children, adults and seniors are all welcome. This is a casual Walk with no fitness requirements.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Oct 10, 2013

Depot Square Peterborough, NH 03458

Come out and make a difference in the fight against Breast Cancer! When you participate in a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, you are sharing your passion and raising funds to help save lives from breast cancer. Sign up for a Making Strides walk near you, and make a difference with every step you take.

Step Out To Fight Diabetes

Oct 12, 2013

SandPoint Magnuson Park Seattle, WA 98115

Step Out to Fight Diabetes, formerly America’s Walk for Diabetes, is about changing the face of diabetes in our country—by raising funds to help find a cure and by walking a few miles to bring a greater awareness to this devastating disease. Step Out is a whirlwind day packed with energy, fun, support for others and a perfect amount of selfless dedication. Anyone can take part in Step Out—your participation isn’t measured by your dexterity or the speed you walk, but by the level of your enthusiasm and your commitment to ending diabetes. Gather your friends and family to walk and raise funds for Step Out to Fight Diabetes in your city. Together, we can crush this epidemic. Admission fee to walk.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Oct 12, 2013

Virginia Beach Oceanfront Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Help in the fight against breast cancer participate in a 5K run/walk. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® Series, the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Walk To End Alzheimer’s

Oct 12, 2013

Mercer Mall Bluefield, WV 24701

It is the largest fundraiser of the year! We come together to help support the people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Sign up today and become a team of one or a team of twenty. There will be food, entertainment and games for the kids. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-491-2717.

Walk to Defeat ALS

Oct 12, 2013

Plaza Park Ventura, CA 93001

You can join the ALS Association Golden West Chapter in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease! You’ll be one of hundreds of walkers raising awareness and funds to support ALS advocacy, ALS research, and care for families living with ALS. There is no registration fee and walkers who raise $75 or more will receive the official Walk to Defeat ALS ® T-shirt. Sign up your team or walk as an individual today by visiting For more information, please visit our website or call 818-865-8067 x240.

Peninsula Heart Walk

Oct 12, 2013

Peninsula Town Center Hampton, VA 23666

Join us and help raise funds and awareness for the No.1 killer of all people – heart disease and the No.4 killer – stroke. Walk for a healthy heart and brain around the beautiful Peninsula Town Center pick up free educational information, heart inspirational stories of survival and join us in the fight against cardiovascular disease!


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