Advancing #HealthForAll with parkrun

Should World Health Day prompt us to simply go back to the basics?

Chloe Musgrave, Senior Account Manager

As WHO's World Health Day approaches, with its commitment to concrete steps to advance #HealthForAll, it makes us reflect momentarily on what else we might be doing ourselves to lead healthier lives? Daily, in the media, we face a bombardment of faddy diet suggestions or gimmicky exercise classes but perhaps World Health Day should prompt us to simply go back to the basics.
 
Running is one of the most simple and accessible ways of improving your health. That’s the precise reason our client Vitality, a health and life insurer that rewards you for being healthy, have partnered with parkrun. parkrun organise free, weekly 5km timed runs around the world that are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. parkrun has grown exponentially over the last few years to become the world’s largest running event and the largest provider of free physical activity.  So much so, they’ve even launched in a prison in Cumbria.
 

The physical health benefits of running are endless; building cardiovascular endurance, lowering blood pressure and losing a few pounds, but the psychological and mental health benefits of being involved in a community based running project are even greater. Studies have shown that even taking part in a single parkrun significantly improved participants’ self-esteem by 7%, overall mood by 14% and the level of psychological stress they reported by 18%.
 
parkrun, with the help of sponsors like Vitality, remains free and parkrun state that free access is ‘fundamental’ to encourage the least active members of society to exercise regularly. So why not celebrate World Health Day on the 7th April by getting yourself out to your local parkrun. Click here to find out more: http://www.parkrun.com/