5 Reasons You Should Join a Phoenix Running Group

You’ve seen them running through your neighborhood or at the local trails. Don’t just let them run by you—join them! It’s no secret that running is one of the most beneficial activities you can do for your health. Studies have shown that a regular running program can improve your happiness, improves cardiovascular health, strengthens bones and may lower your risk of certain cancers. Below are five reasons running with a group may be just what you need to get started.

1. Accountability

Knowing that there’s always someone looking over your shoulder or waiting for you to arrive at a workout is great motivation for anyone. You’ll receive that from coaches as well as your fellow group members.

2. Structured Training

Whether you’re looking to get faster or just stay injury free, a well-planned program can help. Running groups often offer opportunities to work on speed training, strength training and flexibility.

3. Motivation

Let’s be honest, we can only self-motivate ourselves so much. Being able to compete against other runners and hear encouraging words will allow you to reach your full potential.

4. Guidance

Having a coach gives you someone to look to for advice and guidance. Not all running programs are right for everyone, so having a trained professional help individualize your program can be very beneficial.

5. Social

Running with others is just more fun! Being a part of a group allows you to be part of something bigger than you. Many running groups offer events such as happy hours, pre-race dinners and post-race parties.

We’re kicking off our Foothills Running Group on Saturday, August 27th. This 20 week program is great for newbies, runners training for a full marathon, or those simply looking to better their health. Visit our website to learn more about our Foothills Running Group today!

Jeff Bloom

ATC/L, CSCS | Ahwatukee

Foothills Acceleration and Sports Training (FAST) is empowered by Foothills Therapy Partners (FTP).