Get fit doing good
Perhaps you’ve struggled to find the motivation to start training again? Or need inspiration to run that extra mile each week? Have you ever considered running to help your local community?
Here at For Goodness Shakes, we’ve teamed up with Good Gym for regular team runs to community projects in and around our local area in London. We’ve accomplished some pretty great things as a team through Good Gym, and we thought you might like to get involved too…
What is Good Gym?
Ivo Gormley, founder of Good Gym, used to spend time feeling bored and unmotivated on the treadmill. He wished he could use his energy for something more useful, on something that would encourage and excite him to start working out on a regular basis.
41 running schools, and 85,895 good deeds later…
Realising that not everyone likes to spend their time and energy working out from inside an air-conditioned gym, Good Gym was founded to offer a platform for likeminded individuals to invest that energy into their neighbourhood and neglected community projects. Harbouring peoples team spirit and passion for running, Good Gym will leave you feeling energised with low-impact volunteering activities that collectively make a large impact to communities across the UK.
A meaningful mission
You might be wondering what kind of community projects you’ll get up to as a Good Gym runner? The scope of community tasks you could be running will vary massively. Here at FGS HQ, we’ve done everything from packing children’s Christmas presents with the Salvation Army, clearing plastic and other rubbish from the banks of the River Thames and cleaning up a community green space in Bermondsey (one with a Soviet built T-34-85 battle tank in the middle of it, no less!).
Alternatively, if you want to commit to weekly runs and are passionate about helping the elderly then you can sign up to be a ‘Coach’. Over 1 million people in the UK aged 65 and over admit to feeling lonely, and 17% of those see family and friends less than once per week. You can dedicate your weekly runs to visit an elderly person once a week for a cup of tea and general chit chat, which will not only brighten your day but theirs.
How does it work?
It’s very simple – you meet your group, run to the community project, offering a helping hand for 40 minutes and then run back.
What are you waiting for?
If you are just starting out on your running journey or aren’t quite sure you want to make a weekly commitment, then group runs with Good Gym are the perfect place to start. There’s no minimum commitment, which means you can simply sign up to the runs as and when you fancy – although, if you enjoy it half as much as us at FGS HQ, then we’re pretty sure you’ll be wanting to get involved on as many projects as possible!
You can find out more by following this link to their website