They benefit the less fortunate and provide you with healthy activity. So why not lace up your running shoes and join a marathon or walkathon?

It always feels good to give to charity. It feels even better when what you give is your time and energy. When you join a walkathon or marathon, everyone wins. You get exercise and your cause gets much-needed funds. How can you go wrong?

These events raise money for medical research, education, screenings and treatment. When you take part, you don’t just raise funds for your favorite cause. You also build aerobic endurance, cut your risks for heart disease and lose weight.