Is It Easier to Lose Weight When You're Giving Back?
Perhaps the key to losing weight, getting fit, and improving overall health is doing so to raise money in support of a good cause.
If someone said, "Grab you're bikini; we're going swimming for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society," how could you say no?
Perhaps the key to losing weight, getting fit, and improving overall health is doing so to raise money in support of a good cause. Signing up for a charity run gets your blood pumping to hit the pavement, but it also does something to your heart-- opening up with willingness to participate as you know you're not only doing it for yourself anymore. It's affecting someone else's life-- their well-being and chance at living-- giving you all the more reason to participate. Could there be a better way to get yourself in shape?
Fitness experts say that this incentive is working wonders for people who want to get their health and bodies back in check. One way to do this is by entering a charity run in memory of someone dear to you-- perhaps a loved one or close friend. Maybe a bicycle ride would be better or more appealing to your interests-- try that, as well.
While it's not always easy to say adios to the couch-potato-syndrome, it is much more rewarding when you're doing so for a great cause. Take your sedentary lifestyle and let it blossom into a path of fitness while feeling great and grateful as you give back.
"The people who've never run before and have a motivation, like a loved one, are the easiest people to coach," said Kelly Flynn, a Team In Training running coach. "They stick it out, and when they cross the finish line, they've become running junkies."
Team In Training is a charity sports endurance program for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. They teach as well as train novice runners for the Boston Marathon, and Flynn has done so since 2005. The program has been around for 25 years, and it has raised more than $1.4 billion with more than 600,000 people across the country having participated.
"A lot of people come to these charity rides who've never been to us before," said Ruth Zukerman, co-founder and creative director of New York-based Flywheel Sports charity events. "Typically some 80 percent of the people are new. They come to us to give; they love it, and they become clients."
Celebrities such as Kyra Sedgwick and Jessica Alba are regulars to Zukerman's indoor cycling studios for a cause. Last spring, Alba hosted her own class in Los Angeles to raise funds for Baby2Baby, a nonprofit distributor of baby gear and clothing to less fortunate mothers and families.