Winter is long and cold and encourages hibernation. As much as I hate to admit it, crawling under the covers with hot cocoa is not the best way to face winter.
According to experts, working out during the winter improves your energy, mood, immune system, and may help prevent a winter weight gain. Exercise makes winter more tolerable.
Besides your health, we have another reason to get out there and move during the winter: FUN.
Between turkey trots, polar bear plunges, and New Year’s midnight runs, winter provides endless opportunities to socialize and exercise at the same time. One event in particular caught our eye, the Cupid’s Undie Run to benefit Neurofibromatosis research.
The Cupid’s Undie Run is the perfect combination of fun and helping others. Runners strip down to their skivvies (although, it’s not required), run a “mile-ish” in the freezing cold, and then party. Plus, it’s for a good cause.
Since 2010, the Cupid’s Undie Run has raised $14.5 MILLION for research to cure Neurofibromatosis.
What is Neurofibromatosis? From the website:
“Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nervous system and affects 1 in every 3000 people. Currently, there is no cure. Cupid’s Charity and its loyal community of supporters is on a mission to change that.”
Personally, running out in public in just my underwear sounds like a reoccurring nightmare (like the one where I have a final exam, but can’t find my class). But, I have to admit this looks FUN. The Cupid’s Undie Run is a good time with some running on the side.
The race looks a little naughty, but it’s not. First, runners aren’t required to wear underwear. In fact, many wear costumes or other crazy outfits. Also, the organizers are strict about appropriate behavior and respecting boundaries. There is zero tolerance for fools, so be warned.
If running half-naked for a good cause gets you pumped up, you’re in luck. The event is held all over the country. The Boston party takes place on February 17th and starts at the House of Blues. Click here to register.
If you train for the Cupid’s Undie Run or another winter race make sure you take winter workout precautions. Hydrate (of course), protect yourself from frostbite especially on your face, fingers and toes, watch out for ice patches and snowplows, and layer up in illumiNITE reflective gear to stay warm, safe, and seen.
Have fun and stay safe out there!