I started the Happy Trails Running Club in the spring of 2022 in order to share with others some of the success I had had in setting and achieving challenging running goals.
I was a bit surprised that so many people signed up. After all, anyone can just go out and run. Why do you need to spend money to join a club?
Each person has her or his own reasons for joining of course, but there’s a science behind Happy Trails too.
Research on social support and how it affects health behaviors (such as running) is burgeoning. Scientists and policymakers alike have been learning how potent a tool social connectedness can be in improving health behaviors and health outcomes.
The value of social connectedness is well documented in athletic pursuits also. Social support
- Leads to fewer injuries.
- Can have a 10-24% effect on performance.
- Helps athletes avoid burnout.
- Builds confidence in your ability to achieve.
I’m glad to be part of the crew. Find your crew to enhance your fitness and health.