Training with a group gives you a real sense of commitment – you’re less likely to skip your runs. Stick with a group to stay motivated, receive the support and companionship. Below are six benefits of running in a group.
Be a Groupie! – The benefits of running in a group
1. Social Facilitation
Running with other people creates an excitement that helps you run faster than you thought you could on your own. Social Facilitation is a social psychology term that means “an improvement in performance produced by the mere presence of others.” According to Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D, when running with a group, “You get caught up in the pace, and you might not recognize how fast you’re going” she says. Your brain encourages you to keep up when you might have slowed down alone.
Running groups hold you accountable when that little voice in your head tries to convince you to skip the run.
3. Learn from Others
Runners tend to talk about running while running. Running with a group is also a great way to learn tips and tricks about becoming a better runner.
Running in a group provides safety. You are less likely to be targeted and it also provides safety when someone gets injured or needs assistance.
During some runs there is a point when it gets hard and often it’s mental strength that’s needed to keep you pushing through. When you’re running with a group you have a lot of other brains that are able to assist you to keep going when your own physical or mental toughness is taking a beating.
6. A sense of community
Everyone likes to feel that they belong somewhere. It makes us happy, secure and safe. It leads to a community where everyone looks out for one another and supports each other to achieve their best.
By Lindy Emsley, Psychologist from Lindy Emsley Organisational Psychology