Apr 10, 2009

Run 5K, Lose Weight, Get Involved In Your Community

Looking for some motivation to workout? Start training for a 5K! If it sounds daunting, it's actually a social workout with a set time and place for only 3.14 miles. Pick a favorite charity, raise money, and get training. It's a self-less act, but the benefits will have you on track to earning your best body yet.

Say Goodbye To Excuses
Accountability is a proven weight loss motivational factor. When you sign up, you commit yourself and money. Most races cost between $15-$50 dollars. Many will ask you to raise money for a charity. Now you have an entire organization and anyone who donates to your total relying on your ability to finish a mini race. When you get home from a long day at work, going for a run may not be your first choice of activities to partake in but the gut wrenching feeling of crawling over the finishing line because you didn't train adequately is enough to put on your sneakers and get in some calorie burning cardio.

Give Back While Doing Your Body Good

Have you been longing for something more? When I graduated college, I no longer had to put in community service time with my sorority and dropped off the bandwagon of giving back to my community. It seemed like all I did was go to work, go to the gym, eat, drink and sleep. It's a mindless circle many recent recent grads fall into. Signing up for a race will allow you to meet new people, help out a good cause, and improve your own overall health. If you're looking to lose weight, it's a great way to mix up your routine.

Need more reasons to do it?
I am an Aries and love competition. I miss the rush from High School sports. Even in college, my sorority would compete in dance shows, kickball, powder puff, etc. I love the feeling of being a part of a team or even better, winning. Most of us probably will never win the races we enter, but accomplishment is so much more rewarding in the long run.
You also get fun gifts like T-Shirts, water bottles and ribbons. Did I say fun gifts? I meant clutter... Kidding, it's a workout shirt to wear to the gym and intimidate the person on the treadmill next to you.
Also, many organizations plan BBQ's, picnics, and beer festivals for after the races. Surprisingly many beer companies like Harpoon and Michelob Ultra actually sponsor the 5K's and the parties afterward.

Have I convinced you yet to start training? Find out how to prepare for the big race in the video below.

Check out these sites to find a race that's perfect for you!
Cool Running
Runners World

1 comment:

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