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May 31, 2024 | News

Can’t get no satisfaction? Try this

Combining fitness with volunteering can significantly improve life satisfaction, according a study from the London School of Economics.

Researchers interviewed 3,600 participants of GoodGym – a fitness charity that combines physical exercise and volunteering. It was launched to combat the fact that regular gyms are a “waste of energy and human capacity”, according to its claims.

In the study, GoodGym participants reported a 27% rise in ‘belonging.’ They also reported a 21% decrease in’mental stress’ compared to those in a control group. Overall, LSE estimates that the wellbeing boost is “54% greater than the difference between being single or in a relationship”.

Ivo Gormley, founder of GoodGym, said: “I am so proud of our work and these findings.” This isn’t about fun, but reintegrating human connection into our daily lives. It’s also really fun.

Rachel Hopkins, the MP for Luton South, also welcomed the study’s findings. She said that GoodGym in Luton promotes a combination between volunteering and exercise, which not only benefits those involved but also has a significant impact on our town.

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