There’s no doubt crowd encouragement can help you stay on track to reach your fitness goals. A study found that 95% of those who started a weight-loss program with friends completed the program, compared to a 76% for those who did it on their own.
THE WORST ENEMY: YOU
1. “Work was busy and hard. I deserve to relax.”
2. “Exercise may be good for your heart, but so is red wine. Seems like a pretty equal trade-off to me.”
3. “It’s cold. No.”
We’ve heard the excuses before… I for one have mastered coming up with excuses (hence my “bikini body by 2020” goal).
That was before I was introduced to GoodGym: a community of runners that combines getting fit with doing good.
GoodGym believes that gyms are a “waste of energy”. This wasted energy could be spent on people and tasks in our community - that’s why they aim to combine the two.
Winning the fight against loneliness and isolation among older people is one of their main objectives. Currently there are over 1 million people aged 65 and over who admit to always or often feeling lonely. 17% of the elderly are living alone and see family and friends less than once a week.
By combining a run with a task (such as handing out food to homeless or play cards with an elderly man), as a group, they’re giving back to the community while working out, having fun and feeling good.
I for one definitely walked the streets of London with a different mentality after handing out 50 homemade sandwiches to the homeless of Westminster alongside the running group.
No more excuses. No more bull***t. Bring the sweat. Bring the heat. Let’s make a difference together in our community with GoodGym while burning the calories from that burger we just had for lunch.