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Get Fit and Give Back

There is nothing more rewarding for the body and soul than getting fit for a cause!

When you lead a busy lifestyle, and can barely find time to eat dinner, it can be hard to set aside a few hours a week to volunteer and give back to your community. That’s why I love fitness fundraisers – it combines philanthropy with something else that’s near and dear to my heart (fitness!) and is already a part of my daily routine. It’s a win-win situation for all.

From 5ks to stair climbing (which I mentioned as a great budget workout earlier), there are lots of options when it comes to choosing a fitness event that benefits charity. For example, this past Friday I participated in a spin-a-thon at New York Sports Club to benefit Muscular Dystrophy. The Grand Central location hosted 11 spin classes throughout the day, and for a $10 donation (all proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association), I had an awesome workout and was able to help a great organization.

To find a fitness fundraiser, check your favorite charity’s website to see what event they are hosting in your area as well as different fitness clubs and organizations around the city. New York Road Runners has a calendar of events which has plenty of for-charity options – I’m looking at the June 21st 10th Annual Father’s Day Race Against Prostate Cancer which raises money to support the American Cancer Society’s programs in cancer research, education and advocacy. And I know that in the fall, Shape magazine hosts a Pilates for Pink event to raise money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, and during their 2008 event, they hosted six Pilates classes in Union Square!

What are some of your favorite get fit for a cause events?

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Go bananas for apes at the first annual Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo Run For The Wild – Saturday April 25, 2009 Run to help save Gorillas!!! http://www.wcsrunforthewild.org

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