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