Jyothsna joins GoodGym

From trial session to regular GoodGymer

October 03, 2023


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GoodGym is always open to new members and recently Jyothsna discovered her local Barnet group. Here she talks about how she got involved and how she adapts due to her endometriosis.

How did you hear about GoodGym?

I was actively looking to volunteer at local charities when I came across an ad about GoodGym on Instagram. I instantly signed up for a trial session and several tasks later, here I am sharing my story!

How did your first session go?

My first session was a group run to a community garden. The task involved clearing of weeds and preparing the soil for planting vegetables. I met some GoodGym members for a little chat followed by a warm-up session. I expressed the concerns I had as a first-time runner and my interactions with our session leader, Paul, and the rest of the group helped put my mind at ease. The team made sure to match my pace and gave some running tips.


Why did you decide to keep attending?

With each task at GoodGym, I get to do the two things I love – give back to the local community and spend time in green spaces. It is this feeling at the end of each session that keeps me coming back for more. I have made some good friends here and I enjoy our insightful conversations while on the run.

What has been your favourite task so far?

Tiny forest Barnet and Highgate Woods are my favourite so far. In addition to clearing out weeds, creating walking pathways and litter picking, I get to learn about the biodiversity thriving in these beautiful green spaces by participating in citizen science.


What made you change your mind from wanting to walk to the task to running instead?

When I joined GoodGym, I was looking to build an active lifestyle to cope with my endometriosis symptoms. Committing to running with fellow GoodGymmers has helped me hack my happy hormones. There are days when I choose to walk instead of run if my health demands it.

How has your running and fitness developed since joining GoodGym?

I started my running journey with GoodGym and it helped me push my limits. I ran little over 3 kms during my first task, 4 kms on the next and some tasks later, I had finally clocked 7 kms and this was a huge win for me! I had unlocked a new skill I never knew I had. My fellow runners always encouraged me to try harder each time and I am grateful for them. I am only getting started and I know I have a long way to go!


What advice would you give to anyone who may be hesitant to run or come to a GoodGym session?

The run is just one fun part of a GoodGym session. Each task offers unique learnings, about the environment or the people/ local charities we partner with. It is motivating to be around fellow GoodGym members who are fitness enthusiasts and eco conscious individuals, discussing ideas that spark your interest. I urge everyone to experience this first hand, by signing up for a trial session.

Have your own GoodGym story to share with the community? Email getinvolved@goodgym.org and we'll be in touch.
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