Physical activity keeps us healthy and so does doing good deeds. Combine the two and you can add years to your life, (plus score mad Karma points).
Did you know that volunteerism is healthy for you? Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, according to helpguide.org. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease. No wonder there are so many 5k charity runs!
(Good) deeds, done dirt cheap, er, free
“Ultimately, the process of cultivating a positive emotional state through pro-social behaviors — being generous — may lengthen your life,” Stephen G. Post, PhD, a professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, told WebMD.
According to an article by WebMD, the actual physiological responses of the helper’s high have not yet been scientifically studied. However, a few small studies point to lowered stress response and improved immunity (higher levels of protective antibodies) when one is feeling empathy and love. “The ‘helper’s high’ — seems to gain dominance over the stress response,” Post explained to WebMD.
Hellawella has some ways to get you started on the path to a healthy body and mind:
Walkathon in your pocket
New in stores is the portable fitness device, Striiv, which motivates activity throughout the day via games, personal goals, and donation opportunities — all powered by physical activity. The company’s mission is to take active gaming outside of the living room and turn everyday activities into fitness opportunities.
Wait, did we say donation opportunities? Yes! Striiv has partnered with GlobalGiving so that each step counts toward a donation of clean water to a child in South America, a polio vaccine to a child in India, or to conserving a parking-spot size area of Tanzania’s rainforest for one year – at no cost to you, the user.
Whether it’s a real workout or your daily routine like walking to lunch, taking the stairs, or shopping — Striiv tranforms any activity into an opportunity to get fit, give back, and have fun.
A sports league with a purpose
There’s nothing more rewarding than sitting sweaty in a bar, triumphantly drinking a beer after a winning a game, AND knowing every drink you buy goes to charity.
Zog Sports is a social co-ed sports league for young professionals located in New York City; New Jersey; Washington, D.C., Connecticut; and Atlanta, that focuses on raising money for charity. Sign up for softball, dodgeball, soccer, football, bowling, hockey, basketball, etc., and they donate 10% of all profits, and 100% of after-game Happy Hour bar contributions to charities that you pick. They also hold charity events, provide you with opportunities to volunteer, and donate to the schools, parks and fields where their leagues play. So far, they have donated $1,200,000!
Discounts and donations
Fitness fanatics in SoCal get discounts on activities they love to do while donating to a good cause! SoCal-based ASA Sports Deals, is a group discount website dedicated specifically to action sports, fitness-related services and product deals. A portion of all proceeds benefit charities that use action sports as a rehabilitation tool like Stoked, AmpSurf, B4BC, and the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Donate your used exercise equipment
Physical fitness benefits everyone. How about those who can’t afford a gym? Help those in need and donate your used exercise equipment through Fitness 4 Charity. They donate used exercise equipment to those in need including: schools, foster homes, churches, fire and police stations, hospitals, etc.