DO: Stretch, run, do

Updated: Dec 11, 2018

Gym enthusiasts using exercise to do good?

That's right. Let's face it, it takes a serious amount of motivation to get yourself off to the gym when it’s a sunny day or making the slog after a day at work.

GoodGym have the answer to creating a more pain-free form of exercise. They partner with local groups across London to create physical projects that you can help with. In case you thought you got out of the running part, you’re mistaken. Each project starts off with you running to the location before you head off to start the challenge.

Their tasks are often focused around improving the quality of life for older people but can range from clearing local parks to managing food banks, as well as supporting elderly people with their everyday tasks. Your trainers can offer bespoke workouts at the end of the task too!

Why loneliness and isolation?

It’s said that over 1 million people over the age of 65 and over admit to feeling lonely, only 17% of those living alone see family and friends less than once a week - a stark reality.

GoodGym provides an innovative alternative to the traditional views of volunteering. Gone are the days of painting fences, to charities great relief! So why not combine exercise with supporting isolated communities in your local area?

Let’s get to the good stuff with our social impact checklist:

- Tackling isolation amongst the elderly

- Promoting health and wellbeing

- Collaboration between local people and their local communities

- Corporate volunteer opportunities