Run Clubs: More Than Just Exercise – A Path to Mental and Physical Well-Being

28 Mar 2024

Discover the Healing Power of Group Running Sessions


In a world where stress and anxiety are rampant, finding effective ways to improve mental health is crucial. Enter run clubs, the unsung heroes of well-being. Recent research suggests that these community-based running sessions are not only therapeutic but also as effective as antidepressants in treating depression and anxiety.

The Study: Running vs. Antidepressants

Over 16 weeks, researchers compared outcomes between patients taking SSRI drugs (common antidepressants) and those participating in running-based therapy. The results were remarkable: approximately 44% of people in both groups showed improvement. However, the running group experienced additional benefits. Not only did they see improvements in weight, waist circumference, blood pressure, and heart function, but they also outperformed the antidepressant group in these measures.

Why Run Clubs Work

  1. Consistency Beats Intensity: It’s not about running marathons; even short jogs can have huge benefits. Running just 5–10 minutes a day has been shown to reduce the risk of all-cause mortality. 

  2. Community Connection: Social fitness is the secret sauce. Run clubs provide the push needed for consistency. When you’re part of a group, you’re more likely to stick to your fitness routine. 

  3. Health Gains: Running improves resting heart rate, VO2 max, cholesterol levels, and many other health benefits.

Join the Movement

Ready to experience the therapeutic benefits of running clubs? Join our 5KM Run on Tuesdays and a 10K Run every Thursday around Thao Dien neighbourhood, D2, HCMc. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner, the supportive community at Primal will keep you motivated.

Ready to run? Download the Primal app and start your journey today!

Sources: Fitt Insider

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