WHY SET UP A RUNNING CLUB?
You’re here so we guess you already like running on some level. But maybe you’re wondering why we’re banging on about running so much, why it’s so important to CALM, and to us as humans and how we feel? We’ll let Marcus explain:
“Running does so many good things for us and our bodies. Not only does it directly improve our physical health but, more powerfully, our mental health. To get all sciency for a second, running releases a cocktail of stress busting and happy hormones into our system which:
- Helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Improves sleep quality
- Improves brain memory
- Helps the progress of ageing
- Actively boosts metabolism
- Helps self-esteem
Pretty good, hey?”
As Marcus says, all these benefits are there in black and neon (that’s the TeamCALM colours if you didn’t know). That’s even before we get onto the incredibly power of loads of like-minded people getting together.
As humans we’re hardwired for physical and social connections, and with those connections come so many social and scientific benefits. Sadly in our hectic modern lives these powerful connections can seem harder to find and, according to research, often increase our chances of feeling down or depressed.
That’s why a running club can make such a difference. Getting together regularly with a friendly group of like-minded people to exercise, chat and start those endorphins start firing around your body. Just like these guys: