Make your run fun! 5 Benefits of Running In a Group

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Running is one of the best ways to keep fit, especially when you can’t commit to an expensive gym. However, many of us still think that running is a lone sport. Instead, make your run fun by running in a group, and you might reap the following benefits over time.

Continuous support and motivation

Running can be hard work, especially when you have a specific fitness goal you are working towards. However, stressors from our daily lives can cause us to lose motivation for exercise. This has particularly been the case over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, where one study found that stress and anxiety was found to sabotage exercise motivation.

Running in a group can help to combat this lack of motivation. Each member of the group can help to support one another during the run, giving everyone the continuous motivation to see it through to the end.

Push each other to do better

Not only does running in a group help you to simply get through the run, but it can also help you to become better. As you are running as a team, you are committed to running at the same pace as the other runners. This can push you to up your performance, increase your pace, and perhaps even set a new personal best.

It’s a lot safer

Running alone can be a risky business, especially if you are a woman. In fact, one scary statistic shows that 60% of women have been harassed whilst running. This is especially the case when it is dark outside, as potential harassers might use the darkness as a cover.

Thus, running in a group can be a lot safer than running alone, as you will have a group of people who can protect you if anything was to go awry. If running outside still spooks you, even in a group, you can still run with your friends indoors. As long as there are enough folding motorised treadmills to go around, you will be able to continue your group runs, but from the comfort of your own home.

You’ll never be bored

Many people like to run with their headphones on, blasting a playlist of their favourite motivational songs. However, even then, it can be quite easy to get bored! Instead of letting your run drag on and on, try chatting with your friends as you go, catching up on the latest gossip. This way, you will never get bored.

You might also be more likely to switch up your running routes, making your run more interesting. Ask your running buddies for ideas on new routes and agree to try a new one together every week to switch it up.

Sense of community

It is always rewarding to spend time with people who have the same interests, and the same outlook on life. As you run with a group, you will foster a sense of community, building a network of peers that you know will cheer you on even in the most trying of times.

Overall, running in a group can transform the way we approach exercise, helping us to stay motivated, push our limits, and stay safe.

Author bioAdil Altaf loves to help others and spread the best information and see the wonders happening.