KUDOS is often inspired by interesting and unique ways in which to get more people active. We recognise that sport is a powerful force for good, and that that good can manifest in all manner of different ways. The GoodGym project is a truly inspiring and innovative idea that encapsulates all of that and more.
Its creation was driven by a frustration with regular gyms – the idea that the energy expended in gyms could be better spent – alongside a recognition that many people and tasks in our communities are neglected and in need of an injection of energy, and they wanted to bring those ideas together. Gyms all over the country, they say, are full of people pedalling, pushing, lifting and running themselves into the ground and for no benefit other than to themselves. GoodGym aims to harness that energy by making it easier for people to channel their energy towards social good – killing two birds with one stone.
So what does GoodGym do?
It’s quite simple. You run in groups or alone – supported and overseen by some of the best personal trainers and running coaches in the UK – before being dispatched on missions to do good in your local community. It can be a social visit to an isolated older person, or doing odd jobs for people not mobile enough to do them themselves.
Loneliness and isolation amongst older people is one of the big areas on which GoodGym looks to have a positive influence. Over one million people aged 65 and over admit to always or often feeling lonely, while 17% of those living alone see family and friends less than once a week. The ageing process sadly lends itself to losing friends and the quality of life of older people can be badly affected by it – and improving that quality of life for older people is one of its key remits.
The ability to make these small differences results in a hugely positive overall influence. In their own words, “though what we’re doing on each run may only have a small impact, our ability to easily mobilise hundreds of runners gives the project a large impact overall”.
GoodGym began operating in a handful of areas in London. It is now operating in Barnet, Bath, Bournemouth, Brent, Bristol, Camden, Chelmsford, Colchester, Croydon, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Sheffield, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster. They are always looking to expand and set up new GoodGym operations in new areas.
Undertaking physical activity that beneﬁts your community and keeps you fit is simple, novel and extremely rewarding. You can run in a pack to work on a community project and/or support older people in the community by doing one off missions or committing to a weekly social visit as part of your runs.
If you want to get involved in this fantastic concept check out their website. You can set up a GoodGym in your area too – email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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KUDOS encourages and supports running at all levels – no matter how big or small your running club.
We champion running so the athletes taking part can develop their confidence and we always encourage new people to take part or support their running club.
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