Running for health

Göteborgsvarvet is a yearly event in the home town of Volvo. This year 44 090 persons completed the 21 km race through the city of Göteborg. I and all my Volvo colleagues were challenged by our CEO Olof Persson. Running, dancing, swimming, skiing or whichever physical activity you prefer, they all strengthen the health and quality of life. And, as it turns out in recent cognitive research, also strengthen the mind.

I have been participating in Göteborgsvarvet about ten times, distributed over the years. This year I had prepared better than most years. Our dog is now a bit more than 3 years and overactive. She drags me out every morning for a run. Dogs also have very little respect for Sunday mornings. On the contrary, she expects at least 15 km in the forest, before breakfast.

Volvo environmental blog: running for health

Unfortunately, I got asthma from the blooming of the trees a few days before the race and had to cancel. Still I went to the start as a spectator. A friend who is a doctor and a health freak said that this is really ideal – do all the training but refrain from the race. His theory was that the extreme exertion experienced during competition causes damage.

Surely physical exercise, races like Göteborgsvarvet and challenges from the management keeps me motivated. Next year I will be back.

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner with a half marathon personal best of 1.24.
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2 Responses to Running for health

  1. The conditions for running were lovely this year! Making the race more fun than straining for the most part. Though I might have been inclined to agree with your friend an hour or two after the race. I was not feeling particularly healthy there for a while. :-)

    By the way, I want to let you know that I enjoy reading your blog. It is an effortless and fun way to keep track of some of your sustainability efforts at Volvo Buses, something which happen to interest me as a PhD student at Chalmers. Thanks! :-)

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