Fundraisers are GREAT for so many reasons! The two best ones being: 1) you get to help others 2) in turn your life is changed for the better. I knew this going into STEPtember, but somehow forgot along the way and didn’t really remember until I was thinking of how to put this post together. Before I tell you about the fundraiser and United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada, here’s the backstory of how raising awareness for those living with cerebral palsy got me back on track (slowly… still not quite where I want to be) with my fitness goals.
Several months ago, my boyfriend came to me and said we should start working out together. My initial reaction? NO WAY! Why you might ask? Well, my boyfriend is an athlete who has played tennis competitively nearly his whole life and is used to doing two-a-days at the gym. Me on the other hand, I am no athlete. I enjoy workout classes; you know the ones, where you get to socialize with friends but still work up a sweat? I would classify myself as active (who else is with me!?).
Despite my gut reaction to skip his workout and go to the nearest spin class, we hit the gym and, much to my surprise, I SURVIVED! Ok, so maybe I let the dramatics get the best of me. But like most healthy kicks I go on, working out didn’t last long, and before we knew it our healthy eating habits also went out the window. We hit a fitness lull. And that’s when I was introduced to STEPtember at work.
The annual fundraiser, hosted by UCP, is aimed at getting people moving and living healthier lifestyles. The catch? You have to record AT LEAST 10,000 steps a day. That may not seem difficult, but let me tell you, IT IS NO JOKE! While the feat itself can be a struggle, having people who encourage you and hold you accountable each day definitely helps (some days; other times you’d rather be watching Netflix and enjoying ice cream).
Our entire company has gotten involved, and we are keeping the competition alive by comparing our step counts, through the use of a Fitbit or Apple Watch, sharing our healthy meals and recording when we workout. Recently while I was walking to get my steps in, I realized the only reason I’ve been moving and grooving is because of STEPtember!
Without fail, any fundraiser you get involved with, whether it be a single event or month long venture, impacts your life in one way or another. Maybe it’s helping you find a new cause to be passionate about or simply a way for you to get involved with your community. For me, this fundraiser, in particular, has helped hold me accountable to my healthy living goals (for the most part). I’m eating better, being more active than I have been (even though I still have improvements to make) and it has encouraged my boyfriend and I to want to try working out together again (no one said being healthy is easy, but that’s a post for another day)!
United Cerebral Palsy of Nevada is changing lives in more ways than one. No matter the cause, I challenge you to step up and get involved! You won’t regret it.