OneWalk to Conquer Cancer Discount Code: Why Run When You Can Walk?

OneWalk_ShoeSelfieLace up those runners and get out there!

Yes, I am a runner, but it’s OK if running is not your thing because walking is a superstar when it comes to health benefits. I hear all the time how injury or lack of interest in high intensity cardio prevents people from running, and that is OK.

Walking is a great workout.

But many don’t consider walking longer distances or entering an organized event to walk and I often wonder why?

Could you imagine signing up to walk 25km? What if it was for a great charity and you had a few friends doing it with you? Would you sign up for the 25km  OneWalk to Conquer Cancer?

Use this Discount Code “RAISINGWALKERS10” when registering for $10 off.

Walking is associated with so many health benefits including lowering your risk of heart disease, lowering blood pressure, reducing high cholesterol, mental well being, increasing bone density, increased muscle mass, reducing risk of colon cancer, controlling body weight and increasing your flexibility and co-ordination to name just a few.

According to the Stroke Association, walking briskly for up to 30 minutes can help prevent and control the high blood pressure that can cause strokes – reducing your risk by up to 27 per cent.

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I am an avid runner and we have taught our kids to run, but I understand that running is not for everyone.

That doesn’t mean you can’t get out there and experience the trails, the sidewalks, the parks, the track and the many fabulous events that welcome walkers to their ‘running’ events.

My first organized charity event was a 5km CIBC Run for Cure 20 years ago and I will never forget it. Being a part of a crowd, dressed in pink, working towards a fundraising goal, sharing a common desire to improve our health, while helping others can be personally gratifying and powerful.

ColorRun_before_after-impLast weekend our family and a group of friends had the most fun at the Color Me Rad 5km which supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters and we walked almost all of it. We were having too much fun soaking up all the action and being covered in all the colours to run.

Not every event has to be a race to the finish. Some events can be for charity, for friends, for fun and for personal accomplishment.

Why not walk a 5km? Why not enter a 10km race and walk the distance? Why not challenge your friends to a 21km or 25km event? Why not support your favorite charity and be a part of something amazing that gives back to the community, and improves your overall health?

Why not set a long distance goal? Join a club or walking group? And why not cross a finish line?

Walking is free, can be done almost anywhere, is a form of exercise and can be a vigorous workout if you walk at an increase speed or walk up hills or stairs. Walking is easy to integrate into your busy lifestyle and it is a great cardio without putting strain on joints or risking injury.

Did you know a brisk walk will boost circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and energized. Head out for a walk at lunchtime or after a long day to boost your mode as getting active releases feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream, reducing stress and anxiety.

You don’t have to be a runner to participate in events that make a HUGE difference.

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OneWalk to Conquer Cancer

A fabulous event is coming up in September The Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. When you register, you can select the cancer fund that matters to you most and then your journey begins to recruit your team, raise funds and take the next step to conquer cancer by walking with thousands. OneWalk. One Day. All Cancers.

On September 12th, 2015 thousands of supporters will walk 25km through the streets of Toronto and change the future for all those affected by cancer. All of us have been affected by cancer.

Think you could do it?

Use this Discount Code “RAISINGWALKERS10” when registering for $10 off.

OneWalk offers training help and support and fundraising tips to help you reach your personal goal of $1500.   Have a look at the details and how you can register as an individual, a team or even just volunteer here. President and CEO Paul Alofs has been walking this event for 13 years and says “I hope you will commit to walking 25 km and raising the $1500. We will support you all along the way. . . Colored flags from all of the different types of cancer will form an emotional bond as you complete your journey. Now is the time for all of us to walk together…because we can’t walk away!

So join a walking group or make one yourself and get out there and walk, then sign up for an event that has special meaning to you and tell me how great it feels to set a goal and cross a finish line.