With Summer approaching, many of you may be thinking of ways you can join a fitness event to help a charity dear to you. Many events are walks or runs, but if you hate to run or want to challenge yourself even more, a walk or race for charity may not entice you to participate.
Just because you aren't a runner, however, doesn't mean you can't participate in a fitness event in the name of a good cause. Here are some unique options for helping others at every fitness level.
- Take the stairs. The American Lung Association's Fight For Air Climb takes over stairs in a skyscraper or stadium so you can climb for a cause. It's a great way to meet new people, it doesn't involve any extra skill (except lots of stamina), and you'll be raising money for lung cancer research.
- Drop and give them money. Another common charity cause is Pushups for Charity, where your friends and family donate a set amount for each push-up you can do in one minute. Events are usually organized by a specific charity and include free fitness coaching to help you become even more fit.
- Build it. Gain valuable skills and learn how to DIY with Habitat for Humanity, where you can swing a hammer or squat and lift your way to a days-long workout while helping give someone a home.
- Hike (and hike, and hike). Love being outdoors and in need of a trip to the UK? Grab three of your friends and sign up for the Oxfam Trailtrekker 100km Team Charity Challenge in June, where you're allowed just 30 hours to hike about 60 miles through hilly terrain in northern England. Money goes to Oxfam, an international organization that aids impoverished countries.
- Compete in a triathlon. If you like a challenge, sign up for the Janus Charity Challenge to raise money for a charity of your choice while competing in one of five triathlons in 2011.
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