by Ethan Schmittdiel
The Running Club at WMU is a Registered Student Organization at Western Michigan University that meets regularly to encourage students to stay active and healthy. It provides a group of students who are similarly interested in running with a sense of community that can help to keep students motivated.
“I really enjoy running, I really don’t like running by myself though, so I definitely just wanted to find some people to be able to run with,” said Hannah, a junior at WMU, on why she joined the running club.
Exercise has been shown to improve both physical and mental wellbeing, and has been demonstrated to reduce anxiety and depression.
Students also agreed that running was of benefit to their mental health and served as a helpful way to de-stress.
“It definitely helps to get my mind off things when I’m running, and just have a time set aside, away from any other thing that I’m worried about, and just being able to focus on the run, and exercising,” Hannah said.
The Running Club at WMU meets at both 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 pm Saturday through Thursday, and at 6:00 pm on Fridays.