Running is one of the most common pastimes on the planet, and one of the easiest to take up too. All you need is a pair of trainers and some pavements to pound. It’s as simple as that. 

However, you can also take it up a notch by joining a running club. You don’t need to be an expert runner, or that physically fit, just have an enthusiasm for running and wanting to give it a go.

As we approach the new year, many people are going to add running to their list of resolutions, and a good way to approach that is by joining a running club, for a variety of reasons.

So, if that has got you thinking, here are five more reasons to turn those thoughts into a reality…

You’ll Become Part Of A Community

The main benefit of joining a club compared to running solo is that you’ll become part of a community. Whether you’re wanting to join the beginners group or go straight into the fast-paced 10k groups, you’ll find like-minded people that share your passion.

Running clubs are always incredibly friendly, and you’ll be welcomed with open arms. It’s especially good if you’re new to an area and a really good way of getting to know a few people too.

You’ll Receive Encouragement And Support

As a result of being part of that community, you’ll get tons of encouragement and support around your running. You’ll get tons of support, advice and tips to hit any targets you want to hit, while even on your weekly runs you’ll get cheers and pats on the back through the difficult periods of the run.

It can be extremely confidence boosting, while you can also do the same for others too. 

It’s Great For Your Mental Health

Running has always been good for mental health, and many professionals recommend it as part of treatment plans. At UKAT London Clinic, a mental health clinic London based, physicall exercise is always added into rehabilitation plans, whether it be yoga, running, cycling or anything else. It all depends on the person’s interests.

For those who are keen runners, not only are there the benefits of running on mental health, but there’s also that support network of the club too. You’ll find that many people join in the first place in order to look after their mental health, and you’ll find many are open and honest about that. This can be great for sharing your own worries, as well as getting tips and advice from others on coping mechanisms and such like.

You Can Get Structured Training Plans

As part of your running, if you have a specific goal, running club’s can provide you with much more structure, particularly if it comes to things like training for a 10k or marathon. Many people will be doing the same, and you’ll often find they have runs in the week dedicated to that. 

For example, if your running club is in London, they may well have a London Marathon training group, where you build up your distance and training all for that 26.2 miles in the Spring. You can also lean into those in the group that have done certain races before and get expert advice on how to navigate them and train for them.

It Gives You A Reason To Get Out

Finally, it’s an excuse to get out of the house isn’t it? If it’s cold or a bit wet outside, it’s so easy to cancel your running plans when you’re going solo, opting for a night in front of the television instead.

However, if you’re part of a group, there’s almost a sense of accountability and “in it together” spirit, encouraging you to go whatever the weather and have a catch up and enjoy a bit of exercise. Which is only going to be good for you.

So, what’re you waiting for? Most running clubs have taster sessions, so why not give it a go…