I love the GoodGym , I’ve raved on about it enough times if not on here or on Facebook then directly to your face. Why do I love it so much? I leave work feeling cooped up and sad that I’ve been cooped up on a lovely Summers’ day. In my mind, I have conversations, bug fixes, tasks that I need to do or dinner plans dashing around in my brain like a busy cross junction in rush hour. With the GoodGym the other night, it wasn’t long before I was in the middle of a city farm plucking currants from a bush and removing the vine weeds from a plant… now tell me this, what’s not to love about this crazy once a week escapism?
GoodGym prides itself on the motto “get fit, do good” and was setup by Ivo Gormley in 2009 as a result of improving social responsibility in and around local communities. It’s a not-for-profit organisation which attracts able bodied people and encourages them to reach out to housebound elderly people and spend some time with them – that’s right, slow life right down and chat to someone who gets a couple of visitors a week at the very best. Read more about GoodGym for beginner runners here.
I guess what I like about GoodGym is that no two weeks are ever the same, sometimes you see people you’ve met before and treat them like old friends, while other weeks you get entirely fresh new faces who are really genuinely interested in the world of Good Gym. It’s the running club where results are measured by how many weeds you pluck or how many people you speak to, rather than the average mile pace of the run!
Something that was mentioned by Chris at the GoodGym was about the key things to wellbeing, I’ve done a little research here and found 5 things are key for well being:
- Connect with people around you
- Be active
- Be curious
- Keep learning
In my opinion, nothing tackles these 5 things more than GoodGym. You connect with people in your community, whether it’s runners or people at the sites where you help. You have to run to the activity so you’re being active. Every week you discover a new place so you become curious about what is round the corner. You always learn at the GoodGym, about other people and their lives or gardening tools (names of gardening tools has been a really steep learning curve for me!). The bottomline is: give, the look on people’s faces when you’ve finished helping clean up their community allotment is priceless. The act of giving and helping others is such an addictive feeling that it makes you want to do more and more for other people. This is the Goodgym, get fit, do good.
Photos from GoodGym activities…
Some pictures from GoodGym that I’m particularly proud of!
Pru bushing about the GoodGym in Windmill Hill City Farm
GoodGym at Ashton Court, aww!
Sometimes we do find some really weird things, like strange types of funghal! (supposedly edible)
The girls looking really pleased of their makeshift bush-fort!
Litter picking along the towpath was a huge challenge, but we felt really pleased with the progress we had made that day.
One day we were REALLY lucky to have a professional nature photographer come along with us, thanks to Natalie! Think I was the only one who knew the photographer was taking a picture here..
Oh we we were so lucky everytime we went to Brandon Park earlier this year, we had such good weather. This is an all time favourite picture of mine which I can proudly say I took!
So proud of Irena, Ellen and Becky for being strong on the day we were relaying planks of wood for St Werburgh’s!
We are listed as an official running club so I couldn’t feel more proud for finishing the Bristol 10k in a GoodGym tshirt.
Chris and Kim (pictured above) aswell as personal trainer Pru have all helped to shape the GoodGym in becoming an amazing running club!
This task really divided the people who are perfectionists….
…to the people who really liked a strenous activity!
Apart from doing good, getting fit and helping others – every now and then there’s some edible treats along the way.
Sign up to your local GoodGym here