Get Fit; Do Good; Connect
Fed up with the gym? Need motivation to exercise? GoodGym has arrived in Bath!
WHAT IS GoodGym?
GoodGym incorporates running with doing something good in the community which makes your run even more worthwhile.
HOW IT WORKS
GoodGym is a community of runners who get fit by doing good.
Whether you’re new to running or are trying to beat your marathon PB, we’d love to have you involved in doing some good in Bath and North East Somerset.
We do physical tasks that beneﬁt our community and keep us fit. You can run in a pack to work on a community project, do one off missions to help vulnerable people or commit to visit an isolated older person every week.
You'll get the help of a qualiﬁed trainer and support to achieve your goals.
On a GoodGym group run you’ll meet loads of new people, and you’ll see some new places too.
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THE DIFFERENCE IT MAKES
When Steph started running with GoodGym, she was paired up with a local lady called Joan who had recently become less mobile after a number of long term illnesses. Joan's husband had died a number of years before and whilst she was close to both her sons, neither of them lived locally. So she decided to register for Age UK's befriending service and was then introduced to the idea of GoodGym's coached runs.
A coached run is when a GoodGym runner is paired with an isolated older person and they run to see them each week for a quick neighbourly visit.
We call the older person our runners visit a coach because they help motivate our runners to run and they share their wisdom with them. It's amazing what you can learn from your coach.
Shortly after, Joan and Steph were paired as "coach" and runner and Steph started running to Joan's house and spending time with her. The two got on well from the first meeting and mutually enjoyed the visits.
Sadly, Joan was taken ill over Christmas 2016 and passed away shortly before the new year. Steph had never met Joan's sons Steven and Richard, so when they were in Bath for Joan's funeral the three were finally introduced. This is what Steven had to say about GoodGym:
" Thank you for all your support to Mum over the last few years. What a great idea 'Goodgym' is!
It's not often that elderly people have the opportunity to meet and make new friends especially from a different generation; but the relationship you and Mum developed has shown this can be done and how positive the results can be, especially when families live a long way away. Loneliness can be very difficult for elderly people especially those who are housebound by illness, and the GoodGym concept brings runners into peoples homes to deliver friendship.
I know Mum really valued your visits and I would throughly recommend the GoodGym concept to any elderly or housebound person. I am sure Mum is still 'coaching' somewhere else now.
Thank you so much."