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Charitable Exercise

Dear Fellow Business Traveler,

It's a brand new year.  Time to do something good.  For yourself.  For others.  Well, why not do them both at the same time.  The best kind of charity is the kind that means something to us individually.  It should be something that you enjoy and find rewarding.  Even though giving is its own reward, it doesn't mean that you can't choose to do something worthwhile for others that has some benefit for you as well.  In this month's Newsletter we talk about charitbale exercise.  It's the idea of participating in a physical endeavor for the good of others.  It's a powerful thing and it's happening everywhere.  So, no matter where you travel, there's a 5k with your name on it. 

To Your Health, 
Healthy Travel Network

squareDo it for yourself, do it for others.

(n.) (pl. charities)
1. Provision of help or relief to the poor; almsgiving.
2. Something given to help the needy; alms.
3. An institution, organization, or fund established to help the needy.
4. Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.
5. Indulgence or forbearance in judging others

Most of you have probably participated in a marathon or triathlon, or even just a 5k or 10k race.  If not, I’m sure that you know somebody that has.  And you probably have given monetary donations to various charities.  Well, for many years there have been thousands of people throughout the world who are doing both.  A number walkers, runners and bikers keep their own passion for competition alive by traveling around and competing in select races that support great organizations.  Many of these individuals raise money through sponsorships, who pledge a certain amount of money per mile that is walked, run or biked. 


If you’ve never done it, you really should.  Not only are you helping financially with your entry fee and showing your support by physically being there, you are doing something for yourself at the same time by getting exercise or even pushing your competitive limits.  It’s the best of both worlds, doing something you love and helping other people.  Helping someone who may never have been given a chance to even walk, much less run or ride a bike...could be a rather powerful place to stand now couldn't it?   


Of course you can do this locally, but it’s even more fun to plan a little vacation getaway around it.  Spend a couple nights in your favorite city and take in some sights.  Or, you could even take it to the next level of squeezing in a 5k during your next business trip.  Why not?  Catch a little later flight.  You’ll feel that much more productive and you’ll be glad you did.


If you haven’t ever done anything like this, but you would like to give it a shot either to help other people out or to encourage yourself to get in better shape, there are a lot of organizations that can get you going.  Every city has running clubs and training groups just for people like you.  Why not give it a shot?   There’s no better way to achieve a healthier lifestyle.  Especially, when you’re helping charities that raise money to cure or treat chronic diseases all around the world.   So, get out there.  If not for yourself, do it for those who cannot. 

squareMore Helpful Information

:: Check out the following links for information on training groups:

About.com : Marathon Training

Team in Training




National AIDS Marathon Training

:: Check out the following links for some great events:

Avon Walk for the Cure


American Diabetes Association : Step Out


Breast Cancer 3 Day



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