Walking Club Check-In: Walking for a Good Cause

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

walking for a good causeWelcome, or welcome back, to the Dr. Sinatra Walking Club. If you missed the "official introduction," you can see it here. Each Saturday, I post a new Walking Club Check-in, where you can post your minutes walked, the number of times you walked, or miles by leaving a comment.

Today, let's talk about walking for charity...

Many runners will often say that their motivation for walking is training for a big race--whether it's a 5K, 10K, or marathon. They will train for weeks or months on end, getting ready for the big event.

We walkers can do the same thing. In fact, one of the best motivators to walk is getting ready for a charity event--and this is a great time of the year to find one. Just looking briefly on the internet, I found several charity walks that are coming up in the next few weeks, and months, around the country. Here's what came up in my search:

American Heart Association, directs you to walks in your community

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Walk to Prevent Suicide (NYC), June 4-5, 2011

National Kidney Foundation Annual Walk (NYC), October 16, 2011 

American Cancer Society Relay for Life, directs you to walks in your community

You can find local charity walks by looking on the internet in your city, or checking in your local newspaper or event guide. You can also check with the charity organizations themselves--such as your local chapter of the American Red Cross, National Cancer Society, humane society, or any other organization in your area.

Once you put the event on your calendar, you can do your own training. Log your miles walked each day, increasing the amount until you're doing the length of the entire charity walk. Then, on the big day you'll not only have the satisfaction of knowing you've improved your health--you'll have the good feeling of knowing that your walking has helped a worthwhile cause!

Now, it's your turn:

1. Have you participated in a charity walk, or do you have one coming up?

2. If you walked this week, please log your days/times/or miles walked.


Have a great Saturday, and enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

Karen


Remember to consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.
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