Inspire yourself by signing up for a race, walkathon, or other fitness charity event.

Get Fit for a Cause

Need new motivation to stay focused on fitness this winter? You’re not alone. One way that many people are finding to stay connected and motivated is to sign up for a virtual charity event such as a walkathon, race, or bike ride. Training to support a cause you care about is a great way to kick your fitness into high gear while feeling good about your goal.

And no matter what your fitness level, you can find an event that works for you. Even during the pandemic, there are many virtual walking, running and other fitness events that raise awareness or funds for community causes. Athletic prowess isn’t required — only a desire to participate. Fill out the entry form and here’s what you’ll gain:

Inspiration. When your workout benefits a cause you care about, you’ll find extra incentive to move. Plus, by joining others who have the same goal of raising awareness, fighting a disease, or raising funds for those less fortunate, you’ll make new friends and build community.

Camaraderie. Sign up with a friend or two or join a team, and you’ll have workout partners as well as others to keep you accountable. If you don’t know of a team through your work or social network, check the website for your event – often there are teams listed you can join. Pre-race training events are another good way to meet people, and some charities organize group training with expert coaching. Sharing the experience, making new friends, and encouraging each other will build bonds that last long after the race is over.

Purpose. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of finishing a sports event you’ve trained for. Add to that the achievement of raising money for a cause you believe in, and you’ve got double the benefit. Many people feel so good after completing a charity event they make the commitment to continue year after year.

If signing up for a charity event sounds like a good idea to you, there’s no better one to join than the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon, 10K, & 5K, coming up in January, 2021! And this year, there’s a new option, the Around-the-Bay Virtual Training Challenge, which is happening now. So join up and raise funds for charities supporting healthy families and communities.

Melanie Haiken writes about health, wellness and fitness for national magazines and websites. She specializes in discovering and reporting the latest research on diet, nutrition, fitness, weight loss and other health-related topics. Her award-winning stories have appeared in Fitness, Shape, Health, Forbes, and other respected magazines. She also contributes health stories to numerous Kaiser Permanente newsletters and other publications.