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It’s official: volunteering is good for your health

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:48

It’s official: volunteering is good for your health

A study commissioned by parkrun has found that people who volunteer at its events enjoy greater benefits to their wellbeing than those who just come to run or walk.

While 79% of parkrunners reported improvements to their happiness after walking or running in the organisation's free 5k events, those who volunteer felt an even more positive impact, with 84% saying it made them feel happier.

Whether volunteering or not, the study showed the clear benefits of taking part in parkrun, with 91% of people saying it gave them a sense of personal achievement and 89% feeling more fit.

The survey was conducted by Sheffield Hallam University's Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) with over 60,000 parkrunners giving their views.

Parkrun celebrated its 15th anniversary in October 2019 and now has over 650 free weekly events in parks and open spaces across the UK.

There are parkruns every weekend all over Norfolk – click here to find your nearest one.

Tags: Parkrun, Running