Many of our patients find it rewarding to be able to do a fundraising walk for a cause that is close to their heart. The ability to participate in these is an added bonus of ‘getting your life back’ after weight loss surgery.
If you are a UMass Memorial Weight Center patient, you know about the diversity and dedication of our team. What you may not know is how each member of our team makes exercise a part of their lives as well. Like our patients, many members enjoy using their fitness to benefit others too.
Dr. Mitch Gitkind is one of them. This past weekend he and his wife completed the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together they raised $1000 in memory of a young woman in their town who passed away a few weeks ago at the age of 18.
To be able to do 50,000 steps at age 60, raise money to help others, and come in to work with a smile the next day is the reward of someone who is a regular exerciser. His daily routine keeps him healthy and young. The ability to enjoy being part of this and other incredible fundraising events during the year is an added bonus to the many ways exercise adds to his enjoyment of life.
Studies show that our health improves when we help others. We know exercising regularly improves to health too. When you add this kind of meaning to your every day exercise routine, your health benefits from exercise are multiplied. You don’t need to walk 50,000 steps to do it either. The amount of steps you do, nor the money raised don’t matter. It is the fact that you are adding a broader level of purpose to your exercise time.
Has your regular exercise routine enabled you to complete a fundraising event lately? Share your story in the comments below.
Keep moving, Be Well,