Everyday, Fit 4 Life is run by our staff team, but also by a team of volunteers. We would not be able to offer what we do without them. Here’s a big shout-out and thank you to all our volunteers who do what they do- whether it is helping out at the desk or taking a group class, we would be a very different gym without you.
The other day I came across this article about the health benefits of volunteering which got me thinking about it a bit more.
Volunteering is a way of relating to those in the wider community and it looks like in ‘giving back’ by helping others, we end up helping ourselves too– emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually. These benefits mean we might even live longer!
In light of all the sad stuff that happens around us and in the world, it is always uplifting to hear of those who give off their time and effort to do something positive for others, whether it is just a couple hours a year or something they do every day. It is worth acting on that ‘helpless’ feeling we get when bad things happen, by going and doing something out there, even if it is not directly saving lives, it still is worth doing simple things within your skill-base like making hats for babies or putting out traffic cones out for a sporting event.
If you feel a desire to be active in reaching out to those around you via volunteering, there are countless organisations who would appreciate your help- from Refugee Services, to the Salvation Army, to various sports organisations, or simply at your own church if you go to one, the options are wide open!
Sarah – Fit 4 Life Staff