GoodGym is a platform that connects people who want to get fit with physical tasks that benefit the community.
GoodGym is a way of getting fit instead of going to the gym. We’re a group of runners who get fit by doing physical tasks which benefit the community. We can do anything from shifting rubble, and planting gardens to making deliveries and friendly visits to older people.
We run regular group runs during which we stop and help local community organisations. Over the past year we’ve cleared land for a community garden, moved rubble, tided up community centres, shifted soil on allotments, helped a school to make a new vegetable patch, moved books around the library and decorated community centres for Christmas.
Working with less mobile isolated people:
GoodGym pairs runners with isolated less-mobile people in their area. Runners jog to their house, deliver something nice, have a brief chat and are on their way again. It helps us get fit by providing a good reason to go for a run and it helps the person being visited by providing them with some friendly human contact and a newspaper or piece of fruit.
Anyone can send GoodGym a task to complete, changing a lightbulb for an older person, delivering some medicine, or clearing an overgrown garden. Safety- checked GoodGym runners take these on as missions running from home to complete them as quickly as possible.