October 6, 2020
Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just enjoy walking around your neighborhood, a virtual 5k can be a great option during this time of social distancing to set a goal, engage with a broader community and focus on your physical and mental well-being. Bonus: It can also be a fun opportunity to support a charitable cause you believe in!
5 health benefits to lacing up your running shoes for this November’s Virtual #PreventCancer5k and Health Fair:
Running and walking helps you…
1. Relieve stress and anxiety. Regular exercise stimulates the release of brain chemicals that play an important part in regulating your mood and balancing your body’s level of stress hormones.
2. Boost your Vitamin D levels. Running or walking outdoors is a great way to naturally boost your Vitamin D levels. Training for a virtual 5k is an excellent reason to get outdoors and get your steps in (but don’t forget sunscreen)!
3. Maintain bone health. Walking and running are considered weight-bearing exercises, which are one of the best types of physical activity for promoting bone health and preventing osteoporosis.
4. Provide social stimulation. When you exercise with others, whether it’s a friend, family member, pet or a virtual community of your peers, it can provide mood-boosting social benefits. Stay engaged with the #PreventCancer5k community by sharing photos of your training or run using #PreventCancer5k on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
5. Reduce your risk of cancer. Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day can make a big difference in your general health and well-being. Inactivity and obesity have been linked to 13 types of cancer, including breast and colorectal cancers. An average runner might complete a 5k in around 30-40 minutes, a walker in 45-60 minutes—and either is a great way to accomplish your daily activity goal and reduce your cancer risk!
So what are you waiting for? If you are looking to take on your first (or next) virtual 5k walk/run, look no further than the virtual #PreventCancer5k and Health Fair happening November 1-8, 2020. In addition to the untimed 5k, you can take advantage of the virtual health fair, where you will enjoy exclusive access to fitness classes, health and wellness activities and nutrition offerings from this year’s health partners. Learn more and register at www.preventcancer5k.org.
We may be running apart, but together we can empower each other and our communities to take care of our health and reduce our cancer risk through prevention, and early detection.
Thank you to our event sponsors for making this digital event possible: