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Team Spirit: Why Community Running Supports Your Emotional Health
Running works wonders for your mental health as it does for your body. When you run, endorphins and serotonin are released that help regulate and improve your mood. Running in a group and surrounding yourself with fellow runners can boost your overall happiness and lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation.
True to its name, group running is essentially meeting up with fellow runners to go for a run together. Running clubs, training associations, and community event organisers usually arrange local group runs. Joining a running group is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, expand your social circle, and keep fit at the same.
How does group running support emotional health?
To begin with, the most prominent benefit to gain from group running is the motivation and support you receive from each other. Getting involved with a running group is like having a personal cheer team to keep you motivated. Running groups root for each other at running events and support each other during runs. You’re less likely to skip a run when you’re part of a group because you keep each other accountable. It’s trickier to avoid a workout when you know fellow runners are waiting for you to join them.
Moreover, being part of a running group inspires a sense of purpose. You can make meaningful connections and spend time with like-minded people. It’s an empowering feeling to be part of something bigger than yourself. The sense of community is equally beneficial for your emotional health. It’s rewarding to spend time with people that you can relate to and support each other through the ups and downs of running. There are certain emotions to running that only other fellow runners can appreciate. This understanding is what bonds a running group and reinforces its unity.
How to get involved with a Running Group
parkrun is one of the UK’s largest group running events, with more than 150,000 people joining every Saturday. They offer a positive, welcoming, and inclusive experience where you can run at your own pace and don’t have to worry about reaching the finish line. There are also initiatives such as RunTogether, the official England Athletics programme created to help more people enjoy running with others. You can find a parkrun event in your local area here.
iPRO Hydrate: The Perfect Group Addition
Recent research has revealed that our mental health relies on adequate hydration levels to prevent conditions such as anxiety and depression (source: World J Psychiatry, 2018). Drinking iPRO Hydrate to keep your hydration levels up after a run is fundamental for the brain to function optimally. iPRO Hydrate is a naturally hydrating isotonic drink popular amongst runners for its deliciously refreshing taste. iPRO Hydrate comes in four invigorating flavours: Berry Mix, Orange & Pineapple, Citrus Blend, and Mango. The drink also contains 100% daily vitamin C and immunity-boosting B vitamins that are beneficial to your energy levels and overall physical health.
Discover your group's favourite flavour for less than £1 a bottle at www.iPRO.Direct.
Will it be Berry Mix, Orange & Pineapple, Citrus Blend, or Mango?
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