Thursday, January 28, 2010

Steps to Reaching Your Fundraising Goal

Around this time, the good intentions of most people’s New Years Resolutions are collecting dust underneath a bed, what about yours? To revitalize those resolutions it can help to break down your long term goals into manageable steps for greater success.

If, for example, your goal is to ride in the RONA MS Bike Tour and raise $1000 in support of Multiple Sclerosis, some smaller steps to help you reach your goal might be to:

• personalize your Online Fundraising page and set your goal to show donors what you’re aiming for
• raise $100 in February (and every month after)
• set cycling or spinning goals each month and update your progress on your “personal message board” on your Online Fundraising page
• ask one friend or neighbour every week to donate $25 in helping you reach your goal
• have a bake sale in the month of March or April, where all proceeds go towards your goal
• walk your friends' or neighbours' dog every Sunday in exchange for a donation

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Enjoying Outdoor Activity in the Winter

Now that old man winter has arrived, many of us have taken to working out indoors for the next few months. Instead, why not embrace our winters and get outside! There are many ways to enjoy working out in the outdoors, provided you take time to prepare for the elements.

During outdoor winter workouts, carrying a light-weight backpack is an easy way to be prepared and bring those extra items with you. Consider bringing socks, mittens, scarves, touques, water, snacks and a SPF lip balm when spending long periods outdoors.

Some great outdoor activities to try may include:
Ski walking; cross country skiing; and snowshoeing.

Ski walking – Ski walking is walking outdoors with the assistance of ski poles. All you need are ski poles and a good pair of warm sturdy winter boots. The ski poles help with stability walking in wintery conditions and also reduce stress on hips, knees, shins and thighs. The benefits of ski walking include strengthening your back, arms, and shoulders while burning 40% more calories than traditional walking.

Cross Country Skiing – Whether you are an experienced or beginner skier, everyone can benefit from lessons at a local ski club and then practice on groomed trails. Cross country skiing is one of the best outdoor calorie-burning activities, and is also a great upper body workout!

Snowshoeing – The popularity of snowshoeing has grown over the past several years, and it’s easy to see why: it’s fun, doesn’t require a lot of equipment and is a great form of exercise! Snowshoeing is a great lower-body work-out, and can burn up to 750 calories and hour!

All of these activities are great ways to take advantage of the winter weather and stay in shape. Get some friends together and have fun in the snow. As always, be sure to talk to a physician about starting a new fitness regime.
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