You give back to your bod every time you drag it to class—especially that early morning bootcamp—so why not use your love of fitness to give back in even more ways? Luckily, these fitness brands are way ahead of you, offering a simple way for you to do just that: give back to charities to help those in need. Get inspired by—and fall in love with—these philanthropic fitness products.
At first glance you might not think this trendy accessory has much to do with working out—that is, until you learn the story behind it. When its founder experienced the lowest point in his life, he was also struck by an immense feeling of gratitude for all he had. This inspired him to bring two elements of the world together in the form of a bracelet. Each Lokai bracelet holds mud from the Dead Sea in Israel, to represent the low moments in life, along with water from Mount Everest, to represent the high moments in life. Not only is the bracelet a simple reminder of life’s cycles—good and bad—but buy one and 10 percent of your money is donated to a variety of charitable alliances. Win, win!
Buy it: $18, mylokai.com
Warrior One Breast Cancer Awareness Capri
Considering 1 in 8 U.S. women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, it’s likely that a breast cancer diagnosis will hit home in some way for all of us. So don’t wait until Breast Cancer Awareness Month rolls around in October to flaunt your support. Twenty percent of retail proceeds from the sale of this stylish workout capri goes to breast cancer research and treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. So show your support in style!
Buy it: $104, vimmia.myshopify.com
Men’s Cross Body Watercolor ¼ Zip Pullover
Whether you’re running outside or indoors, alone or in a pack, it’s important to wear the right materials, textures and styles to enhance your stride. Janji makes running apparel that does just that while simultaneously providing one of the most basic necessities for survival to those in need: water. Millions of people around the world are lacking the water they need to surviv, but with each purchase of Janji’s apparel, a portion of proceeds funds organizations working to eliminate the global water crisis. Now that’s something to stride for.
Buy it: $78, runjanji.com
Bombas Ankle Socks
What you wear on your feet to class might not seem to matter all that much, but it does when you purchase these stylish socks from Bombas. For every pair purchased, one pair is donated to homeless shelters, where the most requested item is socks. On top of that, the company also offers a happiness guarantee: If you have any problem or don’t like your purchase, they’ll take care of it and send you a new pair. Pretty incredible, right?
Buy it: $40, bombas.com
I Am Unique I Am Beautiful Yoga Mat
Every time you show up to share your practice with your yoga class, you’re also showing up to represent yourself, your beliefs and your spirit. Why not extend that message one step further by showing up to spread a simple message. “I am unique, I am beautiful” is not only a phrase we can all relate to, it also holds a greater meaning that you can take the opportunity to explain to your fellow ClassPassers when they ask where you got your chic mat. You can feel good about telling them that the company, Affirmats, donates 15% of its proceeds from every sale to The Breast Cancer Fundraiser’s We Care Program.
Buy it: $66, affirmats.com
Skinny 13.1 Half Marathon BIC Band
In the last two years alone, this company, which provides adorable exercise headbands for women, has donated more than $30,000 to organizations like Free Wheelchair Mission, The Cupcake Girls and The One Fund, Boston. And their level of giving doesn’t stop there. BIC Bands also works with local with local women in their community to design, produce and process their headbands—no outsourcing involved!
Buy it: $12, bicbands.com
Nicaragua Active Bag
You probably have fond memories of being part of a sports team when you were a kid. But the truth is, hundreds of thousands of children all over the world are not able to enjoy that same simple pleasure. Activyst is a brand that’s trying to change that by creating a line of stylish, functional activewear that donates 10% of its profits to promoting girls’ sports and physical activity programs. This bag, which helped launch the company, is made from water-resistant “macen,” a material from Nicaragua and is a simple way to feel good about yourself every time you lug your clothes to class.
Buy it: $138, Activyst