If you’re thinking about whether you should go on that charity walk or run, the answer is to just go for it. Walking is one of the most effective cardiovascular exercises you can do.
And if that’s not enough to convince you, here are five more reasons why you should definitely go on a charity walk.
Inspire Yourself and Others
Whether you are fit, overweight, or simply curious about walking for charity, the act itself can be exactly what you need to lift your mood. Few things are as inspiring as transcending your own mental, emotional, and/or physical limits. You are also contributing to charity and others are likely to be inspired by your actions as well. For example, Chris Beard took 5,575,713 running and walking steps to complete his 3,000-mile challenge in order to commemorate his brother Matt who died of cancer. Over the 324 days it took him to complete the total of 3,012 miles, Beard raised £7,000. The Telegraph & Argus reported that the final line in his list of achievements read two tired legs and one happy man. It’s simply a good way to challenge and inspire yourself and others.
See New Places
Who says you can’t walk or run for charity and discover new places at the same time? There’s no shortage of charity walks/runs that happen in some of the nicest locations across the globe. Of course, you don’t need to be a globe trotter to help, as the UK has plenty of places to explore through charity. You can even see well known places from a different angle. ‘How You Can Help’ by Save the Children explains how the ASICS 10K goes through London’s most iconic landmarks. A combination of healthy exercise, a charitable cause, and a chance to see all of London’s landmarks in one go. Going on a charity run/walk that’s happening in a place that you’ve always wanted to visit should definitely be on your bucket list.
Take yourself or the family on a morning/afternoon out to meet new people who share your family’s values. Since you’re all already in the mindset to walk or run, social interactions are likely to be energetic and positive. Where 2 Walk has always advocated walking as a healthy way to engage with new people who are treading the same path. This will also make the walk easier as you will be motivated by others.
A Sure Fire Path to Good Health
Everyone knows that walking is healthy – but do you know exactly just how healthy regular walks can be? The NHS reveals that brisk walking for at least 10 minutes per day is a good way to get in the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise to maintain good health. Therefore, apart from good cardiovascular conditioning, regular walking can also help you prevent injuries and maintain a regular sleeping pattern.
It’s Cheap or Free
Don’t worry about being able to afford joining charity walks. Charity organisations mean it when they say pay what you can. While they certainly appreciate larger contributions, expanding charitable participation is always one of the main goals of charity events. Simply contributing your time and whatever you can afford to give will always be well appreciated. Meanwhile, training is free. Just put on your walking boots, get out of the house, and get used to moving those legs.
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