As the weather cools and it becomes a bit more difficult to motivate ourselves to lace up our running sneakers and hit the road, I believe that everyone should take a moment to set their stopwatches down and think about their individual exercise practices. Are they balanced? What should be changed to create a more holistic fitness plan?
It may seem a lofty goal on days when emotional and physical energy feels in short supply, but exercising might help cheer you up and – counterintuitively – give you back the energy you lack.
Having a child in the hospital is a parent’s nightmare. Struggling through the day-to-day battles against a child’s illnesses takes strength – and often, parents don’t have enough energy or resources remaining to care for themselves. The Ronald McDonald House Charities understand how difficult it is to support a hospitalized loved one, and thereby dedicate themselves to resolving practical problems for parents with ill children.
In my hometown of Atlanta, countless beautiful trails wind through the lovely outdoor landscape. Often paved and easy to tread, these paths are the perfect training space for runners looking for a breath of fresh air.
It’s not hard to see why people are drawn in droves to charity runs; the leg-pumping, heart-thumping rush of endorphins, coupled with knowing your sweat and short breath aren’t in vain, but for a great cause — It’s enough to entice any exercise enthusiast.
If your heart cracks when you hear terrible stories about preschoolers having chemo when they should be having nothing but fun; if you think the teams of doctors and scientists working tirelessly to end childhood disease deserve the means to continue research and healing; if you plan on donating any funds whatsoever in support of charitable causes, then please consider acting in support of the people who are right now trying to confine to history one tragic, terrible fact: the fact that millions of kids still suffer debilitating, life-ending sickness. Please consider supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.