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Get off your ass and fight diabetes.

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We’re already at the end of American Diabetes Month but that doesn’t mean that you still can’t make a contribution. One of the best preventative measures you can take against diabetes is exercising regularly. If you have diabetes one of the best things you can do for yourself is participate in a regular routine of physical activity.

Besides the obvious health benefits, there are many programs in which you can help to raise money for research and treatment of Diabetes. The American Diabetes Association sponsors the Walk for Diabetes in which walkers raise money by walking. What could be easier? For those looking for a more technical challenge there is the Tour de Cure, a cycling event which is staged across in over 70 cities across the country. And if you want to turn it up a notch or two, the Ride for the Cure stages events in California and Australia.

My own experience has been that having an event to focus on is helpful in pursuing a fitness program for several reasons. First, it allows you to concentrate your efforts and provides a goal to shoot for. Second, it’s fun and it allows you to meet people from diverse backgrounds with similar goals. And lastly and probably most important, it offers an opportunity to both contribute and learn and grow.

If you’re unsure about how to get started, one way is to get involved with an event as a volunteer. This will provide you an opportunity to see the event firsthand and understand the organizational and logistical issues that you’ll face as a participant. Additionally, it helps by putting a face on the people who participate in the events which can serve as both motivation and inspiration. So what have you got to lose?

For more information about events in your area Active.com provides a searchable nationwide directory of racing events. Have fun!

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