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The Niagara-on-the-Lake campus is starting a running club in January. Registered nurse Christine Philbrick says she is trying something new. A trial, the group will focus on getting physically fit while relieving stress and elevating mood.
"The idea of the running group is to try and help prevent and treat [these] symptoms."
Registered nurse Christine Philbrick is organizing the running group that will start in January. Photo by Eden Armstrong
Philbrick says that a group setting will help those who have a lack motivation, relying on each other for support.
"Some people start out with too high of an intensity and get injured and deterred," says Philbrick
"No motivation is a big part of depression. Running with a group will give everyone a chance to meet new people."
The group will meet twice a week at the NOTL campus and are also expected to run once a week independently. For those who have never run before, Philbrick says there is no experience needed.
"The group will start out slow. The goal is to run a recreational five kilometer run in April."
The group will also hear from professional guest speakers such as a sports medicine doctor and a physiotherapist.
The University of Toronto Mississauga campus has a similar running program that uses a learn-to-run technique that incorporates walking and running to build endurance.
The running group will be held at the NOTL campus as a trial but all students are welcome. Contact Health services at the NOTL campus or email Philbrick at email@example.com