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Starting your fitness resolutions early could help you give back to charity

Rachel Sacks is a writer and editor in San Francisco, CA, where she also works to find deals and coupons for Goodshop as a content curator. Rachel writes about culture, music, health and other lifestyle topics. When she's not looking for...

Jumpstart your resolutions to get healthy and give back to charity

The end of the year is fast approaching, and with it comes the highly anticipated (or dreaded) New Year’s Resolutions. So often we hear about people wanting to spend more time with loved ones, start a new hobby and perhaps the most popular one, to lose weight or get in shape.

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But why wait? Why not get started on your fitness resolutions sooner, rather than later? You’ll beat the crowds at they gyms, get a head start on everyone else and will probably be more likely to stick with what you started when February rolls around.

You don’t even have to worry about spending a chunk of change on all new apparel or equipment with these deals that don’t just save you money but also give back to a cause or charity of your choice.

ASICS

From making sustainability a part of everything they do to investing in people and communities, the running company stays true to their founding philosophy, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano - a sound mind in a sound body. Most recently ASICS athletes came together with Girls on the Run International to go the extra mile- literally- after the New York City Marathon to promote self-confidence and healthy lifestyles in young girls. You can learn more about ASICS initiatives on their Coupons for Good page or donate to a nonprofit like Girls on the Run when you use Goodshop deals.

Nike

A leader in the fitness world, Nike has some of the best shoes and apparel to kick your workouts into high gear. You can save money buying a new jacket for those winter runs and donate three percent to a cause of your choice. You can also support their goal of sustainable innovation in their products, such as the Flyknit line, or to get kids moving by visiting their Coupons for Good campaign.

Reebok

Another top fitness brand, Reebok not only provides athletic apparel for a variety of workouts but has also initiated their sustainability strategy ‘Sport needs a space’ which emphasizes the importance of maintaining the spaces where sports are played, as well as how the products are made. The Reebok Coupons for Good page goes into more detail about the company’s sustainability program.

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Bowflex

Maybe you either don’t like going to gyms or don’t want to pay the sometimes extreme membership prices. Either way you can still get in a decent workout from the comfort of your own home using both your own body weight and exercise machines, such as a traditional treadmill or something more. Bowflex offers a lot of products to choose from, and you can donate 3.5 percent of what you spend to a nonprofit or charity.

DICK’s Sporting Goods

For any and athletes out there, regardless of level, sport, age or any other criteria, DICK’s Sporting Goods can supply you with the right equipment and apparel before your next practice, workout or game. What’s even better than the money you’ll save (as well as donating 1.5 percent to a cause of your choice) is the company’s commitment to underfunded youth athletic programs across the country. The DICK’s Sporting Goods Foundation has a $25 million multiyear commitment and will match community donations to award $2 million each year to financially challenged youth sports teams. You can learn more about or donate to this initiative by checking out the Coupons for Good page.

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