Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue
Instead of decking yourself out in shades of pink, opt for more subtle support with the Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure T-Shirt. Not only will you look super fashionable (when Jennifer Aniston models the same shirt, you know it's a guarantee), but you'll get a big dose of the warm fuzzies every time you sport it: 100 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Women's Cancer Research Fund.
Courtesy of Ford Warriors in Pink
Whipping up a batch of brownies for the fundraiser bake sale? Don this Ford Warriors in Pink Courage in the Kitchen Apron to keep your clothes mess-free. One hundred percent of the net proceeds are donated to your choice of charity: Susan G. Komen, Young Survival Coalition, The Pink Fund, or Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation.
Courtesy of Asics
Lace up these Asics GT-1000 2 PR sneakers for your next BCA walk. Every purchase results in a donation to Christina Applegate's Right Action for Women Foundation, with a guaranteed $100,000 funding the celeb survivor's organization. The shoe is available in men's, women's, and kids' sizes, so the whole family can show their support.
Courtesy of Gaiam
When life gets busy, sometimes we forget what we're fundraising for. Next time you need a little reminder — and relaxation — roll out Gaiam's Pink Ribbon II Yoga Mat. Up close, the pad is plastered with encouraging phrases like "courage," "hope," and "truth." When you step back, take in the ever-famous awareness ribbon and remember that you're helping the Breast Cancer Research Foundation work toward a cure. Bonus: Every purchase comes with a free yoga workout download.
Courtesy of Marie Todd
Light the Marie Todd Heal Candle, which holds a restorative blend of eucalyptus and mint, and slip into a relaxing bubble bath after a long day. You can chill out knowing that the Breast Cancer Research Foundation will get 30 percent of the proceeds. All together now: Ahhh.
Courtesy of New Balance
Clip on the New Balance VIA Slim Komen Pedometer at your next awareness event so you have accurate info for all those Instagrams, tweets, and Facebook updates. 10,000 steps? No problem. And the fact that your purchase is part of a guaranteed minimum donation of $500,000 to Susan G. Komen only gives you more to brag about. When it's for a good cause, we say brag away, friends. Brag away.
Courtesy of Denon
With a pumped-up playlist to get you through a tough workout, it's only fitting to have a hardcore set of headphones. Enter the wireless, special edition Denon Exercise Freak In-Ear Headphones. They come with Bluetooth capabilities and stay put in the sweatiest conditions — plus $12.30 of each pair sold (and a $50,000 minimum donation) benefits Susan G. Komen programs.
Courtesy of Ideology
The cute Ideology Ribbon Sports Bra protects your girls in more ways than one. That's because 5 percent of the sale price is dedicated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. And with moderate motion control, it bans the bounce during your lower-impact activities.
Courtesy of Liv/giant
Pimp your ride with the Avail Inspire Bike. Designed by a breast cancer survivor who entered Liv/giant's Avail Inspire Design Contest, the Japanese cherry blossoms will not only get you noticed, but also serve as a reminder that, "Life is short, so exist in the present moment and celebrate the gift of life," winner Barbara Greenlee says. For each bike bought, 10 percent of the retail price goes to the Young Survival Coalition.
Courtesy of YSC
Surround yourself with breast cancer survivors, caregivers, and supporters alike and cycle for a cause at the three-day Tour de Pink Bike Ride, hosted by the Young Survival Coalition. Liv/giant donates several Avail Inspire bikes to survivors, and riders will cover 50 to 60 miles each day. When the going gets tough, just look around you and remember that these are the people you're fighting for. We guarantee it'll get you up and over that hill.
Originally published on Fitnessmagazine.com, October 2013.
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Best in Class: 2013 Breast Cancer Awareness Products
In a world full of breast cancer awareness products, it's hard to tell which ones are legit. Some don't even disclose how much they donate when we buy their pink products. Let's take a cue from our high school days and highlight the best in class — the ones truly fighting the good fight. If all the pink products were graduating this month, these would be our superlative nominations.