The Good Jogger

6 Mar

The Grit Doctor is all over this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/mar/04/good-gym-exercise-community-work

Jogging puts you back in touch with your local community – quite literally – through the act of lacing up your trainers, stepping outside and moving through your locality, smiling at people, and exploring its nooks and crannies, you are in it, and absorbing it.  This is one of the great benefits of running that class exercises or the gym are never going to give you.  And because you get such an endorphin buzz out of it too, it makes all the sense in the world to put those endorphins to the greater good in running to the home of an elderly person and spending half an hour with them and making them smile.  Imagine how much you’d be smiling after this double whammy!  A run plus a good deed = endorphin overload surely? 

The Grit Doctor says:

Fear not.  You cannot die from too many endorphins.  This drug is entirely safe even when consumed at impossibly high doses.

This is the idea behind the Good Gym, the brainchild of Ivo Gormley, and a stroke of pure genius.  For those joggers who are starting out and prone to motivation lapses, or for the long term runner who has been out of the game for some time and is looking for a spark to bring their running mojo back to life – THIS IS IT.  I cannot think of a more brilliant incentive to lace up and go running than the thought that if you fail, you will be depriving someone elderly of their copy of the paper and a natter over a nice cup of tea.  This is just the ticket for us all when that ‘excuse-making machinery’ kicks in – can’t be bothered, sofa ate me, etc – there is just no way you would skive this run! This Good Gym thing kills so many birds with one solitary stone it blows my mind: exercise; getting outdoors; good-deeding; putting the young and the old back in touch; community building; compassion; I could go on…

I love what Gormley says about the gym: “Gyms are this ridiculous invention….people have got too much energy and go to these weird places where they get purged of it by machines.  I thought we could channel the energy from people’s exercise into something more productive.”   And you have Gormley, this could be the best thing since sliced bread.  This is the sort of big society that I am buying into.  Do a good thing for your running and for others and join me.  London needs you.  And all you bitches need to run.

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One Response to “The Good Jogger”

  1. Jane March 7, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    At last! I think I’ve found something that makes sense!

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