5 Questions You Might Have When Beginning Jogging or Running

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Beginning jogging or running is an excellent way to start an exercise routine. It’s cheap, effective and you can do it with others. But you might have some questions about it.

Should I Buy Expensive Gear?

No, you don’t need to go and spend a fortune when you begin running. You can go jogging or run in pretty much anything. However, you should make sure you wear clothing that won’t catch on anything, and you don’t mind getting dirty if you run in parks and such. It’s also a good idea to get the best sneakers you can afford. It will cost you more to constantly replace poor ones if you don’t. Additionally, good-quality footwear is far more comfy. If you can’t afford good running shoes, try memory foam inserts in your current trainers for the time being.

Is There Any Tech that Can Help? 

Technology is a great help for almost everything. Of course, there are expensive pieces of gear you can get, but you can also get good free technology as well. If you already have a smartphone, like 80% of the world, you can download helpful apps for free. Some of the best include Strong, Jefit, and Nike Run Club. Additionally, smartwatches are a great help, and you can get one for less than a week’s worth of coffee. Smartwatches come with fitness features built-in, and they communicate with your phone, so you don’t need to constantly check it.

How Long When Beginning Jogging or Running?

Everyone is at different fitness levels. And your running time is different from the running time of your friends. However, you should do as much as you are comfortable with. Try timing your first run. Jog away and push yourself to a level you feel is enough. Then check your timer and aim for that time for subsequent runs. However, you need to be aware that your gear, energy, diet, weight, and motivation are essential factors when beginning exercise. Other times you might just want to briskly walk or jog to reduce stress and anxiety after a hard day at work.

Will I Lose a Lot of Weight?

Running is one of the most effective ways of losing weight. However, it depends on your weight. Lower weight people will lose less than a heavier person. So running is excellent for losing weight if you are above your recommendation. However, on average, a 10-minute run or jog will help you lose between 80 and 100 calories. Therefore, you will see substantial results if you go jogging for 30 minutes per day as part of a calorie-controlled diet. Also, when you get used to running, you will be able to do it for longer, go further, and across different types of terrain.

Should I Check with My Doctor First?

It’s always good to see your doctor before beginning an exercise routine. Especially if you aren’t used to it. Your doctor can give you tons of advice about what you can and cannot realistically do. They can also perform various tests to make sure you are OK to begin running. For example, if you have any conditions or are severely overweight, your doctor might recommend walking first. Walking is just as helpful as jogging or running, as long as you do it fast enough to raise your heart rate. Your doctor can also help you with a diet plan and setting goals.

Summary

You should be proud of yourself for starting to exercise. You are on your way to a healthier lifestyle. It’s a good idea to get good running shoes and only run for as long as possible.

Scotland and your Mental Health

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I will start by saying I am not in any way educated in Mental Health, I have had experience with it in some areas of my life and the following blog is based on my thoughts and feelings.

Mental Health for me has never been something I really focused on learning or talking about till recently as its never been an issue with me or my close circle of friends and family, and when I say recently it was lock down.

Lock down was a horrible experience for everyone in many different ways, life’s lost, jobs lost and bad for peoples mental health.

Mental Health can be many things not just the first thing you thought of when reading this, it can be from depression all the way to mental health issues that are very serious.

For me I did go through a period where Mental Health came in to my life, and it was very difficult, extremely hard to understand and gaining knowledge on the specific area was needed to help me understand it and deal with it.

Apart from understanding it there were things I needed to do to help me, and this is where my doorstep was a great help and a lot of people who suffer from mental health should also copy as it might help even a little.

As I mentioned a lot of life’s were lost during covid and experiencing a death in your family or close circle can really effect your mental health. Death as a whole is a hard experience to go through more so if your close to that person, and can take a lot of time to get over sometimes.

Even death with a family pet can be just as emotionally damaging, as a pet isn’t just a pet they are an actual family member that you bond with over many years and can hurt just as much as a person. If you do feel very down with a lose of a pet please do check out my friends website she is a great person, friend and will help you through this hard time : The Scottish Pet Bereavement Counselling Service

Before I start the helpful tips, the best two things for any kind of mental health issues are speak about it and get help:

  • Speak about it with friends, family and trained medical professions.
  • We live in a time where now talking about things like this is ok and nobody will judge you, they just want to make sure your ok and doing good. Getting help from the trained professionals will help you cope with it better either for the rest of your life or for that period its come in to your life.

Now to tell you what I mean with your doorstep.

Walking

I know Scotland doesn’t often have nice sunny days, but getting outside and going for a nice walk in a park etc is great for your mental health and will also help with your daily exercise.

Fresh air and nature always is a great mood booster more so if its a sunny day, either alone or get a friend and go for a walk and have a long chat.

Bagging a Munro or two

This sounds a bigger challenge than it actually is, and the reason I am saying that is this is exactly what I did to help me.

I am not Mr fit, wasn’t in great shape but a friend organised a group to go and bag a Munro and I said sure and joined them.

The ones I did I wouldn’t recommend for beginners but there are nice easy ones, well not easy easy but more a nice walk that I would say would be good to do.

Do not do this alone, go with a friend or a group and when you get to the top that is just an amazing feeling, plus the view WOW.

A massive boost!

Let your inner artist out

Sitting drawing indoors or outdoors is a great way to help your mental health, and release all the stress from that day.

Even if your not Van Gogh just that pencil, or paint brush to paper feels great and for the next x amount of minutes to hours your focus is all on your artwork.

There is a lot of amazing places to sit and draw from your local park all the way to Glencoe and surroundings.

Socialising

Yeah this is a hard one for a lot of people now thanks to lockdown.

You need to get back out there and just mix with people even with a small group of friends, and the more you do it the easier it will become again.

Even if its just a meetup for a coffee or lunch, this will instantly help you and take your mind of things.

Get Enough Sleep

This one seems obvious but not many do it.

Have you ever noticed how if you have a bad sleep one night, your mood the next day is effected? imagine that every day and the snow ball effect.

Going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time is great for your body and mind, you will feel refreshed and ready for the day. Having enough sleep will also help with your concentration and make you enjoy the day more than you would if your half asleep.

Final Comment

Seek proper medical help as a lot of mental health problems can be managed and you will feel really good with their help.

If your reading this please do speak with people, don’t think they will judge you as if they are friends or family they just want to make sure your ok and will be there for you if you need them.

The Stress of Being a Freelancer: What to Expect and How to Cope

There’s no question that freelancing can be a very rewarding experience. You get to be your own boss, set your own hours, and work on projects you’re passionate about. However, one of the drawbacks of freelancing is the stress that comes with it. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common sources of stress for freelancers and offer some tips for coping with them.

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Finding Enough Work

Freelancers often have feast or famine periods when it comes to work. One month you may be overloaded with projects, while the next, you may find yourself scrambling to find your next client. This inconsistent income can be very stressful, primarily if you rely on freelancing as your main source of income.

Create a Budget

A top tip is creating a budget and sticking to it no matter what. You’ll need to be extra strict about saving during the feast periods so that you can get by during the famine ones.

Setting Up Shop

Freelancers have a lot of expenses, such as buying and maintaining equipment, renting an office space (if applicable), paying for website hosting, etc. This can add up quickly and leave freelancers feeling stressed out when they see their bank account dwindling away without any clients insight.

Wait or Share

Don’t spend money on things you don’t really need right now – wait until it becomes clear that your business is going to take off before investing in big-ticket items like office furniture or camera equipment. If possible, try negotiating deals with other freelancers who may have similar needs – for example, you could share an office space or swap skills to save on costs.

Managing Time

Freelancers often have to wear many hats, from accountant to marketer to salesperson. This can lead to a lot of time management stress, as it’s difficult to know how to prioritize tasks and make sure everything gets done.

Prioritize and Organize 

One way of overcoming this is by making a list of priorities and try to stick to it as closely as possible. Next, break down big tasks into smaller, more manageable steps so that they’re less daunting. And finally, learn how to say no – there will always be other things you could be working on, but you need to set boundaries to maintain your sanity.

Getting Paid

This one is pretty self-explanatory – freelancers often worry about getting paid for the work they’ve done, especially if it’s been a long time since they’ve received a payment.

Alternative Payment Methods and Agreements 

Try to get 50% of the agreed-upon price upfront, and always use a contract that outlines what will happen in the event of late or missed payments. If possible, have an alternate form of payment ready such as PayPal or BitCoin, if your client runs into financial trouble. Finally, keep track of your invoices and payments, so you always know where you stand financially.

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Self-doubt

Finally, one of the most challenging aspects of freelancing is self-doubt. Freelancers are often their own worst critics, and it can be challenging to silence the negative voices in your head. However, it’s important to remember that everyone struggles with self-doubt from time to time, even successful freelancers!

Freelancing is a rewarding experience, but it also comes with its share of stressors. The best way to cope with these stresses is by practising self-care and maintaining healthy habits like exercise, good nutrition, quality sleep patterns, positive thinking, meditation, cbd, etc. By taking care of yourself first, you’ll feel better equipped emotionally and physically to handle whatever challenges come your way as a freelancer.

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