It’s a brand new year and it’s time for a brand new YOU, right?! If sugar cookies, snicker doodlesÂ and spiked egg nog were three of your basic food groups last month, you might be among the millions of Americans who’ve resolved to lose a few poundsÂ this year.
Since at Philly Gives we’re all about giving back while getting healthy, we’ve compiled a list of awesome workout clothing and gear, gym facilities and motivational fitness apps to support your fitness resolutions (and all theÂ companies we feature are committed to supporting great causes!) Ready, set…SWEAT!
1. The GEAR
Chase InfiniteÂ Chase Infinite is a fitness apparel company whose mission is toÂ motivate athletes help change lives. Chase Infinite is about more than shirts and motivation – itâ€™s about making people’s lives healthier, better and more fulfilling. Not only are their burnout tanks comfy and sexy, $1 from each shirt sold is donated to a relevant charity such asÂ American Heart Association, Freedom Is Not Free and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. We’reÂ obsessed withÂ their “Strong Women Empower Women” tank- and they have some great motivational options for the guys too!
YOGiiZAÂ If you haven’t tried on a pair of Yogiiza yoga pants…your world is about to get a lot more zen. This Miami based company makesÂ eco-friendly, organic yogaÂ gearÂ that is so comfortable you just might look forward to working out! And the biggest reason we love this company is that they are huge supporters of a number of charitable organizations, includingÂ 305 Yoga Gangsters, an outreach group that teaches yogaÂ to impoverished children, single mothers, prisoners, and other at-risk groups to promote acceptance and self-esteem. They are also committed to increasing environmental awareness through education, an environmentally conscious company culture and activities like beach cleanups.Â Talk about good karma!
2. TheÂ GYMS
SWEAT FitnessÂ What if we told you that you could work out for FREEÂ andÂ do something amazing for Philadelphia school teachers at the same time? Well, thanks to the superÂ generous team at SWEAT Fitness, if you bring in a ream of paper to any SWEAT Fitness location January 4th thru February 14thÂ you get to workout for FREE (limit one free workout per person). Paper is the most critical and in-demand classroom supply, and due to continually shrinkingÂ budgets, teachers often end up purchasing the paper they need out-of-pocketÂ once their allotment runs out. Find theÂ SWEAT FitnessÂ locationÂ nearest you and and help them support Philadelphia teachers throughout the school year!
Weston FitnessÂ Weston FitnessÂ Weston FitnessÂ (1835 Market Street, Philadelphia) just might be one of the most philanthropic fitness facilities in the city. Aside from hosting regular charitable events and rides, the passion and drive to make a positive impact in the local community isÂ a big part of the Weston Fitness business model. Beginning in February, Weston Fitness will requestÂ a donation to participate in their monthly Community Class (which is free!), the proceeds from which will benefitÂ a different charity each month!Â Don’t miss their kick-offÂ Â in February– check their list of classesÂ online!
3.Â The APPSÂ (i.e., your personalized kick-in-the-butt)
Charity Miles Did you know that you can make a donation toÂ your favorite charity without even opening your wallet?! Thanks to the genius team atÂ Charity Miles and their generous sponsors, you can earn money for hundreds of different charities for every mile youÂ run, walk or bike (or skip, hop, orÂ jump!)Â It works like this: 1) Download and launch the Charity Miles app; 2)Â Choose aÂ charity; 3) MOVE! Earn 25 cents for every mile you walk or run and earn 10 cents for every mile you bike up to $1,000,000!
5. stickKÂ Setting goals is easy, but accomplishing those goals can be hard! The team atÂ stickKÂ knows that incentives and accountability are essentialÂ in motivatingÂ us to follow through on our commitments- and theyÂ createdÂ the freeÂ stickK app to do just that. Users simply enter their goal, set the stakes (the motivation), select a referee (the accountability part), and sign a commitment contract! Because you link your account to your credit card when you set your goal, stickK will charge a charitable donation to your card if (and only IF!) you do not meet your goal. It’s like having a personal trainer and a life coach in your pocket!
Now you haveÂ the gear, the gymÂ and the appsÂ to make your workoutsÂ matter, so… LET’SÂ GET MOVING PHILLY! 🙂
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