Spring Cleaning For a Good Cause

Today I’m going to stray a bit from talking about fitness and talk about spring cleaning. It may seem a bit random, but it’s actually quite timely given that spring officially started a few days ago and I spent a good chunk of yesterday morning trying to clean out the trunk of my car, which when you’re a fitness fanatic with as much junk as I have, is no small order.

I like to joke that I bring the gym with me to the gym. Yikes!

Anyway, while cleaning is invariably a pretty boring topic, I’m actually quite excited about today’s post.

Along with my good friends Eric Cressey and John Romaniello, I’ve recently become involved with an organization called Causes International, which is aimed at helping put your used electronics that are just sitting around collecting dust to good use in a socially and environmentally friendly manner.

You know that old graphing calculator that you haven’t used since high school that’s taking up space in your closet? Or that broken Iphone/Ipad/Ipod, laptop, or digital camera that you figured was useless? Well, those things can actually be put to good use via a process called upcycling, which involves refurbishing broken electronics or reusing the parts rather than just throwing them out.

The cool thing about the process is that the revenue that’s generated from the electronics then goes towards Feeding America, a charity geared towards providing meals to families in need. Astonishingly, $1 can provide eight meals, so a little goes a long way.

Eric, John and I have high hopes for this project and set the lofty goal of 100,000 meals to families in need, which is certainly on the high set, but definitely attainable with your help.

Here’s where y’all (yes, I just said y’all) come in. All you have to do is sift through your home and collect all the used/broken electronics that are no longer of use to you but are very much of use to us for this project.

Next, go to www.FitnessFeeds.org and click “Donate Now”. I’m pretty close to computer-illiterate and even I figured it out it two seconds, so it’s incredibly easy.

From there, you’ll be sent a prepaid shipping label right to your door, so all you have to do is put the stuff in it and send it back without paying a dime for shipping.

Oh, and your donations are 100% tax deductible, so that’s pretty sweet too.

Everyone wins.

Hopefully this gives you that much-needed impetus to do that spring cleaning you’ve been putting off, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping others, too.

If self-satisfaction isn’t enough for you, Eric, John and I have put together a free PDF called “30 Ways to Shake Up Your Training Programs Today” that you get if you chose to participate. All you have to do is forward your receipt to: receipts@fitnessfeeds.org.

Thanks in advance. I think this is a really cool project, but we need your help for it to work as we hope. Please participate, and please share this with your friends and family so they’ll do the same.