Managing Your Health in The 21st Century

As humans we’re robust, but we’re not invincible. Modern medicine is better than ever, but it’s not to say that we don’t still get ill. Living a healthy lifestyle helps to prevent as many issues as possible, but things can and do still go wrong. Thankfully there are ways we can manage our conditions and keep things running as smoothly as possible. Here’s how modern technology can help you to keep control of your health.

Research Your Health Conditions Online

These days, you don’t have to trawl through a load of huge medical books to find out more about health conditions. Instead, you have the information at your fingertips. While you should always ask your doctor about any diagnosis, further research is always useful. Having a better understanding of what’s wrong will allow you to successfully manage your conditions, spot anything that’s out of the ordinary and generally maintain control over your own health.

Speak to an Online Doctor

Sometimes there’s no substitute for your GP or a hospital. However, for more minor issues (or perhaps to get further advice or information), online doctors can be helpful. Using the camera on your phone, laptop or tablet, you can speak to a qualified doctor face to face. There are many different healthcare companies online now offering this, so have a browse and find one that works for you. Maybe you have a phobia of visiting the doctors or perhaps there are long waiting times at your GP surgery. Something like this is useful as you get personalized medical advice instead of trying to self-diagnose from reading health articles.

Use an Online Pharmacist

If you don’t want to go down the route of an online doctor, it’s still worth considering an online pharmacist. Instead of trips to the chemist, you can order your repeat prescription or other medicines online and have them delivered right to your door. You’ll need to look for online pharmacies with proof of a license, and adherence to safety and verification standards- there are sites online where you can do this. Many medicines can’t be simply bought over the counter, but can be prescribed to you from these kinds of places by a qualified pharmacist. It saves unneeded doctors visits and can make life run that bit more smoothly

Online Health Record Tool

personal health record is simply a collection of information about your health and is managed by you. Instead of keeping paper copies, you have access to all of your information in one place. If an emergency happens, you can quickly bring this up for the care provider, or you can simply use it to track your medical results such as blood sugar and blood pressure levels, cholesterol and anything else you have tested on a regular basis. You can also include any health goals such as stopping smoking, gaining or losing weight or improving your exercise or dietary habits. You can track vaccinations, screenings, and other important appointments too.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Swap Your Hobby Into A Job

For most people, blogging is a hobby. It’s an outlet. Somewhere that thoughts, ideas, and feelings can be shared without a filter. The best thing about a hobby is that it’s something you enjoy doing and makes you feel whole while you do it. But if you could turn that hobby into a money maker, would you do it? Whether you love to journal your world travels or talk about your new baby and how they are growing, a blog is a space for you to air all your opinions.

Most blogs are personal platforms for people to vent and share their lives, but nearly 40% of bloggers have turned their craft into their job. It’s not hard to swap your hobby for a full-time blogging job when you know how, and in this article, we’ll teach you how to go from blogging for fun part time to using an office address like this one for all your professional needs while you market yourself. Social media and marketing companies are making a point now of using blogging as part of their marketing strategies. This then generates more opportunities for freelancers and contractors in their work and with these tips, you can make it happen for you.

Understand Your Niche

Look at the blog you run, and make an inventory of what you’re writing about. Work out how you’ve kept people clicking on your blog and take note about how you plan your own content. You can’t pitch yourself to a company without evidence of your own successes and if you have areas you need to improve on, tell the company about this, too.


Getting noticed and standing out is something that employers will be looking for in your blog. Your hobby may be writing but your blog is about so much more than that and getting people to read your writing is usually the biggest hurdle. With the number of blogs out there online, standing out is a struggle and you want to be a big fish in a big pond. If you haven’t already, start networking with other bloggers and swap posts to feature for each other. Getting noticed will get you attention from employers.


If you contribute to other posts, their followers will notice you and follow you, therefore increasing traffic to your site. You want to show employers that you know how to write for your competition in a way that gets you noticed rather than them. Blogging is a huge community and your followers will grow as you contribute.

Once you have gained all the skills you can for your blogging, start applying for work. Your writing is your talent so make your cover letter passionate, exciting and shows off your skills. If you can’t find any full-time blogging positions, go for part time to get you started. You’re graduating a hobby into a profitable skill, and this will take some time. Make the time for your craft and it’ll pay off for you in the long term.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

How to Help Stop Bullying

Bullying is an issue close to my heart; as someone who was bullied relentlessly throughout grade school, I know how it feels. Even though 2017 is right around the corner, too many kids still have to face bullies every day. However bullying doesn’t end on the playground, it continues well into adulthood. We all know the feeling of being judged on what we wear, how we act, and it’s the fear of being judged that stops so many from going to a gym. Which is why I’m thrilled to help Planet Fitness AKA the Judgement Free Zone® help spread the word about their new mission; to help spread awareness about judgment and how to make this the Judgement Free Generation® to help stop bullying.

This post is sponsored by Planet Fitness
Growing up I was bullied; I was the teacher’s pet, a straight-A student, and didn’t look or act how my classmates believed I should.  My hometown is a small southern town that doesn’t have a large minority population; so those who are a part of the minority are seen as a unicorn. I was the only kid in my grade school who was of Mexican descent; something I was taught to be proud of, but something the other children wanted to take away.

Long ago were the days of coming home crying after being told most of the day: I “wasn’t tan enough,” I “didn’t have brown eyes,” I “couldn’t be an A+ student because of my heritage,” and that I “must be an anchor baby.” I don’t blame the kids for behavior they learned from their parents; as a small child I remember the way their parents would look at my family as if we were walking around the school in sarape’s, giant sombrero’s, and speaking Spanish.

Although the years of hearing their comments that only got worse by the year, and wore down my pride for my heritage. I learned a valuable lesson – granted it took many years to learn. No matter what; some people are going to have a preconceived notion of how you should act, or how you should be. It has nothing to do with you, but something that they’re dealing with.

Dealing with that at such a young age taught me never to assume something about someone because of something they do, act, or are a part of. For a majority of my childhood – and occasionally to this day; I was judged on something as simple as the origin of my last name. Something I had no control over, and I never want to be a part of making someone else feel that way.

Although many of us pass judgment on others every day without even realizing it; it’s something that we all need to work on eliminating. Especially when it comes to health and fitness; the amount of people I’ve unfollowed on social media because of comments about overweight people at the gym is astonishing.

It’s because of that very reason that I’m a huge fan of Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness has such a welcoming environment; with their friendly staff, and everything they’ve done to make it a Judgement Free Zone®. They even have a Lunk Alarm® which is to help keep the welcoming environment by preventing those people who slam weights, grunt unnecessarily, and cause gymtimidation.

Which is why Planet Fitness has started their new initiative; to make this The Judgement Free Generation® by educating and giving back to local communities. They’re also committing $1.3 million in grants and donations to The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and STOMP Out Bullying to help fund this initiative.

With about one in every four children and one in five teenagers being bullied whether online or in person; there’s no denying that it’s becoming a serious problem. I’ve been the victim of it, and have lost two former classmates to bullying. Despite the numbers, bullying is still a taboo subject in society. Something that many of us dislike talking about, but it’s something we need to discuss at work and at school. Because chances are either, you or someone close to you has experienced bullying first hand, and by talking to children about this issue, we can help reduce bullying by 96%.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Taking Control Of Your Fitness – What You Need To Consider Before Picking A Workout

Not a day goes by with an Instagram celeb launching a new eating plan, or workout DVD promising amazing results. Fitness is a favorite topic in magazines, and online. But with so much information how do you pick what is right for you? How do you even narrow down the options to find out what might work for you? Well, read on to find out what you should know before picking a workout.

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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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