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Earn Extra Income Whilst Keeping Fit

We all need to earn a bit more money and we all know that we should be keeping fit but the two things can get in the way of each other. When we are earning money, we are not keeping fit and when we exercising we are using up time that could be spent earning money! This is a problem when you have a busy job, if you are studying or if you have young kids to look after. The ideal solution is to join the two together and here are some ways in which you can do just that.

Start a Personal Training Business

When you work as a personal trainer, you are teaching someone how to train effectively and you are training yourself at the same time. You can find out about potential salaries and training as a personal trainer at Origym. You can also access one-to-one training and on-going support as you launch your career. There is potential to work from anywhere in the world and from home! You can build a client list that fits around your other commitments and work as many hours as you want.

It is easy to set up a personal training business with very little financial outlay. All you need is some lycra and some training shoes which you also need to keep fit.

Hire Yourself Out as a Dog Walker

Walking dogs is a great way to keep fit. If you do not have a pup of your own there are plenty of dog owners that would love you to take theirs! You can even build a thriving business out of it once you have built up a solid base of clients. It is best to start with friends and family and build up a list of people who will give you positive testimonials. Then you could set yourself up a simple website or promote your services on social media.

The downside is that you have to go out in all weathers. You cannot decide not to walk the dog because it is raining. You need some basic knowledge of how to care for a dog and how to deal with minor emergencies (such as an injury) when you are out. You need to be responsible and reliable because looking after someone else’s pet is a big responsibility.

Start a Fitness Blog

Blogging a great way to earn some extra income. You can get some money from sponsored posts, advertising or by selling things. You can share your fitness journey so that others can read about it and become inspired. Once you have built up a loyal following, you will feel accountable to them. You won’t want to let them down and that will inspire you to keep going with your fitness plan.

It costs nothing to set up a simple blog and promote it on your social media channels. You could even branch out to into blogging about healthy recipes as you embrace a new healthy diet.

Making money and keeping fit can be a great combination!

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.

The Doctor Will See You Now

‘An apple a day will keep the doctor away,’ or at least that’s what the old saying preaches. But, should you be trying to keep them away, or should you be embracing them with open arms? Drum roll please because the answer is… you need to see your doctor more often if you want to maintain your health. That might be hard to digest, especially if you’ve spent your life eating apples. But, it’s the only way to know for sure that your body isn’t going to break down, and here are the reasons why.

They Are Experts

Thanks to the internet, everyone likes to think they are a qualified medical professional. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but you’re not a doctor! You are, in fact, a layman with unbridled access to Google, and that’s not good. A quick internet search will tell you everything you think you need to know, yet you don’t have the knowledge to analyze the information. So, what do you do? You self-diagnose and self-medicate and stress about your situation until you finally book a check up. Honestly, there is zero point going through all of the hassles if you see a physician in the first place. They have years of knowledge and experience that can put your mind at rest and get you back on track.

Readily Available

If you look across the Atlantic, you will see a lot of problems with the UK’s NHS. One of the main issues is that waiting times for patients is skyrocketing. As a result, it’s harder and harder for citizens to see a GP in their hour of need. The same problem doesn’t exist over here. It isn’t because free health care doesn’t work: Obama was onto something with that one. It’s because of the amount of doctors available across the country. Most hospitals and clinics have doctors that are available at a moment’s notice as long as you make an appointment. A concierge physician will even visit you at your home if you can’t make time. Not only are they experts, but they are ready to offer expert advice on a regular basis.

Issues Don’t Always Flare Up

Your body is like a car. No, you’re not a mint condition supercar that can do 0-60 in less than five seconds. And nope, you’re also not a collector’s item! What you have in common is that there is more to you than meets the eye. So, everything might look and feel good on the outside, but there could be problems underneath. Until you pop the hood and take a look, there’s no way to know for sure. And, not to scare you, but these issues can be significant. The good news is that a doctor is usually on hand to take tests. Hopefully, you are fine and healthy, and you can go on your way. But, you don’t know until you feel the cold, hard metal on your chest.

Oh, and don’t worry about wasting their time. You’re paying for the consultation, so they can sit and listen for as long as you need!

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.

Your Body’s In Good Shape, But What About Your Mind?

A lot of people are so focused on getting their body fit and healthy that they forget all about their mind. Your mind needs, training, exercise and health treatment just as much as your body. In fact, did you know that a lot of experts recommend that everyone goes to see a mental health professional at some point in their life? We’ll look at why that is a little further down, but this clearly shows the importance of thinking about your mental health. So, how can you look after your mind and what benefits will this bring?

Brain Exercises

You should avoid binge watching TV if you can, no matter how tempting it might be. Instead, watch TV in short bursts every so often and spend more time reading and solving puzzles. Crosswords are great brain exercises that really get those electrons firing. That’s exactly what you need to keep your mind in tip-top shape. If you do this, you can even reduce the chances of developing problems such as Alzheimer’s later in life. Many people with the early signs of Alzheimer’s have discovered that brain teasers slow down the progression of the disease. You can read more about this on https://alzheimers.org.uk/.

Therapeutic Treatment

Therapy is about tackling the issues that are causing you stress and anxiety. A lot of OT companies now work with big business to make sure that all employees are taken care of in this aspect, and that’s hardly surprising. Most of the stress that we face in life is due to our career and our job responsibilities. If you have a look at a site such as http://theotpractice.co.uk/, you’ll see that you can easily arrange to speak to an OT yourself. They will help you achieve your goals in life and conquer the road blocks that are stopping you from succeeding.

Meditation

Do you constantly feel stressed and overwhelmed in your life? You might want to think about meditation. You don’t have to spend hours meditating to see the effects. Instead, you can simply squeeze in a few hours a day. To meditate all you need to do is clear your mind. Try using some relaxing music and setting quietly with your legs crossed and your arms loose by your side. Practice controlled breathing, and you should feel your body calm down. At this point, you will be entering a stage of meditation. When you have finished meditating your mind will feel clearer, and your body might feel stronger too.

Sleep Tight

Of course one of the simplest ways to keep your mind healthy is by getting a good night of rest. You may not realize this, but sleep is the body’s natural way of healing itself. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you will find life more stressful, and you might even see physical changes such as bloating or loss of hair. To get a good night of rest, try switching off all the electrical devices in your room. You can learn why you should do this by reading http://dailymail.co.uk/. Exercise a few hours before bed then lie back and let your body drift naturally to sleep. You should wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready for the day.

We hope you see now why it’s important to look after the mind as well as the body when you’re thinking about your health.

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.

Why You Should Take Up Golf

Despite what you might think, golf is not just a workout for retired men, and it is by no means a gentle exercise. In reality, golf incorporates cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and even balance and coordination. It’s also a low-risk injury sport, which is probably why it’s safer for older players to take it up. Read on to find out why you should take up golf and why it should be your next fitness craze.

Long Walks

There is a lot of evidence that walking is good exercise, and golf involves a lot of walking. Most golf courses span across multiple acres of hilly terrain. With 18 holes, the average golf course is between 5 and 8 miles, so you are guaranteed a good workout if you keep a brisk pace between holes. Not to mention how many calories you’ll burn. With all the walking, carrying and swinging involved, golfers can burn up to 1000 calories in a single game.
Once you take up golfing, some side effects from the regular movement include an improved mood, a reduced risk of chronic disease, your legs will look fantastic, and your jeans might feel a little more loose. Remember, this only applies if you don’t take the cart.

Swings Build Strength

Even without weighted clubs, repeated swinging can build up arm strength. Your lower body gets strength training in the form of the aforementioned walking; trekking up those hills is sure to work the quadriceps and hamstrings. Additionally, carrying your own clubs counts as a weight bearing exercise and when used in conjunction with walking you will cause your heart to beat faster and increase calorie burn. If this sounds like to much strength training to take on at once, then just focus on the walking and your golf swing. However, you should also learn more about push carts before you buy one in the hopes of easing your strength training.

Balance

It may not be as obvious as a yoga workout, but golf does involve a great deal of balance. When you first learn how to play golf, your instructor will go over your stance so that you don’t fall over while you swing a club high above your head. Training to achieve the proper balance engages your core abdominal muscles, as well as the muscles of the lower back and even the buttocks. These muscles work together to help prevent back pain, falls and a number of other dangerous occurrences.

Improved Mental Health

Studies show that social interaction with others increases our self-esteem and happiness, and golf is one of the most social sports activities you can do. It can widen your social circle, lift depression, and improve your overall mental health.

Sleep

The more physical activity you do, the easier you find it to sleep at night. Golf incorporates a lot of muscles, takes a lot of concentration, and the players absorb a lot of Vitamin D when they spend time outside. As a result, golfers are more able to sleep soundly without being interrupted by insomnia.

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.

Great Tech For Your Health

Modern technology can get a pretty bad rap. Many people blame it for the sedentary lives modern people are leading, and the social isolation of a lot of kids. These days, however, your phone, tablet, and TV really don’t have to be used for sitting still for hours. In fact, they can be extremely effective auxiliary tools in working towards your fitness goals. People all over the world are starting to see more success by incorporating health and fitness tech in their lives, and more people are joining them all the time. If you’re curious about what tech can do for your fitness goals, here are a few tools you may want to consider using…

Heart Rate Monitors

A heart rate monitor can be a fantastic tool for monitoring your performance during workouts. A lot of modern cardio machines feature inbuilt heart rate monitors, which will tell you clearly how hard your whole body is working. There are also mobile heart rate monitors for both indoor workouts and outdoor running sessions. If you want to get the most out of your heart rate monitor, it’s important to know your maximum heart rate. This is the max number of times your heart can beat in the space of a minute, and represents an important factor in determining how intense your training regimen should be. After you’ve used the monitor to get more familiar with your body, you’ll be able to use it to come up with set interval training sessions, or steady-state workouts. This, in turn, will help to strengthen your heart muscles and improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Wearable Fitness Devices

One of the biggest trends in current health and fitness is wearable monitoring devices. Fitbit, Nike+, and Body Media are just a few of the big brand names you’ve probably come across. These devices are typically in the form of non-intrusive bracelets and clips and go far past the functions of your basic heart rate monitor. The idea is that you’ll wear the device at all times, allowing it to measure your movements, the calories you’re burning, your heart rate, sleep patterns, skin temperature, and in some cases, even your blood oxygen level. Most wearable fitness tech will automatically sync up with an app so you’ll be able to track how these stats have fluctuated over time. You can even get auxiliary devices, such as a smart water bottle that syncs with your Fitbit. If you only buy one piece of fitness tech this year, make it one of these convenient wearable devices.

Social Accountability

As you may have discovered, it’s much easier to stick to your fitness goals when you let other people know about them, and know that you’ll be letting people down if you fail to meet any of those milestones. In a matter of seconds, you can join an online community like LF Connect or Sparkpeople, which will link you up with others who are looking to get into shape. There are even communities like Gym Pact, which will charge you whenever you miss a scheduled session and reward you with cash when you meet challenging fitness goals. If these specialized networks aren’t for you, there are probably many groups and subsections of the social networks you already use. Use these to link up with like-minded people, announce your goals publicly, and motivate others towards those big health milestones they’re trying to achieve.

Apps for Healthy Eating

As per usual, “there’s an app for that”. These days, there are countless apps you can use to support your meal planning, calorie counting, and general nutrition tracking. While some of these programs are obviously better than others, pin down a few that you find easy to use, and you’ll find it easier than ever to eat healthily and stay on track towards your overarching goals.

With every food brand in the world trying to come off as good for you, these kinds of apps can be extremely useful. If you’re not sure just how healthy that granola bar is, for example, you can use an app like Fooducate to analyze the nutritional content and assign it a grade based on how healthy it is. Meal tracking has been a big part of healthy living for some time, and apps such as Lose It make this a piece of cake by giving you access to a rich database of foods, which will make it easy for you to count your calories, and even sync your progress up with certain pieces of fitness equipment.

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.

Guest Post: 5 Mistakes To Avoid When You Start Exercising

The typical person will begin a workout regimen and stop within six months. The new dieter, on average, doesn’t make it beyond two weeks. The reason is they didn’t see enough results to keep them mentally engaged. When considering the physical body, it is important to be mentally prepared too. It’s a mind over matter thing for those who want to get in shape. Here are five common reasons why people fail at their workout and weight loss journey.

#1 Setting Unrealistic Goals

Have you ever seen someone running a race? There are those who start off with a bang, but they run out of steam half way through. Then there are others that pace themselves throughout the whole journey. The ones who are pacing themselves have learned a thing or two about endurance. They understand that it doesn’t mean anything to make record time on the first lap if you cannot finish the last one. Remember the old saying “slow and steady wins the race?”

Many people start off their journey by doing too much, too quick. They push their bodies far beyond its limit. They expect to have a serious workout and lose 25 pounds in the first week. Things just don’t work that way. It takes time and consistency to be successful. The frequency of the workouts and the intensity is very important. Don’t overestimate your goals. Start slow and increase your time and exercises over a well spanned time frame.

#2 Being Too Easily Distracted

When exercising in your own home, it is easy to be distracted from everything else that is going on. The kids need food, the laundry needs put in the dryer, and you are tired after a long day of work. Sure, exercising at home has its benefits, but it also has the potential for some major distractions. Plan your workouts when you have alone time. You will be far less distracted and able to focus on you.

#3 Doing the Wrong Type of Workout

Most people come up with their own workout based on watching someone else. It can be a person at the gym or one on television. The exercises that you select will directly affect your outcome. Write down your goals and what you hope to accomplish on this journey. Speaking to a personal trainer can help give you insight on the exercises that will get you where you want to be. A trainer can tweak your workout for your body and weight loss goals.

#4 Underestimating Your Eating

Working out and your diet goes hand-in-hand. Do you count calories or do you think that working out should burn whatever you want to eat that day? Many people are in complete denial about what they are putting in their mouth. The quality of calories consumed can hinder your workout and weight loss. Keep it real, and write things down. A food diary is a great way to make sure you are getting the right types of foods in the correct quantities. Calorie counter apps are great for tracking both weight loss and exercise progress.

#5 All Quantity, No Quality

If you go to the gym, take a look at all the people that are getting a quality workout. What is really amazing is the number of people who are just wandering aimlessly around. They may be reading a book while walking at a snail’s pace on the treadmill. Many lift weights that are so light that they look bored. Some go to the gym to exercise out of habit. However, they are on automatic pilot. Ask yourself what you want to get out of your workout. If you want to get good results, then you will need to do some serious exercise. Enjoy your workout time and have some fun. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, you won’t be able to force yourself to do it for long.

Changing Your Mindset

Working out can be an adventure. To keep yourself in check, make a goal list and upgrade your goals periodically. Once you reach a milestone, pat yourself on the back and set a new one. With dedication and a great mindset, you can have an amazing body in no time. This journey starts in the mind before it ever involves the body.

Is Social Media Beneficial Or Harmful When Working Towards A Fitness Goal?

Social media is so interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives that it’s hard to imagine a time without it. Many have taken to these networks to share snippets of their daily routines, and to show off successes and progress. The fitness community on social media is wide-reaching, with a hefty number of diet and wellness pages/profiles to follow.

You may also notice friends posting gym pictures or photographs of their healthy meals for others to see and like. On top of that, many fitness apps even come with an option to sync or share progress on social media.

All this can make you pretty excited to start using these platforms in similar ways, or might urge you to follow some advice-filled accounts for tips and tricks. But is social media really beneficial for you when you’re working towards a fitness goal? Let’s look at the pros and the cons.

The Pros

It’s Good Motivation
Being surrounded by hundreds or even thousands of people aiming for the same thing as you can make you feel incredible motivated. You’ll find people with your body type, people who face the same struggles as you, and people who will keep you going when you feel like giving up. Sometimes, posting your goals and progress on social networking sites may even help you stick to them.

You Have Access to a Sea of Information
There is endless data available through social media. You can find products, diet plans, exercise routines, and excellent advice that can really help you achieve more during your fitness journey. Best of all, it’s completely free. You can follow a personal trainer on Instagram and watch videos of his workouts without needing to pay for his services. And in all honesty, that’s pretty neat!

You Become Part of a Community
Being part of a health-driven community means that you’ll never be short of people to turn to, discuss ideas with, and get personalized advice from. You may even gain a few workout buddies! Yes, there are bad seeds in every group, but you’ll ultimately find like-minded acquaintances who can encourage you to grow while you, in turn, encourage them. There’s no better feeling!

The Cons

Anyone and Everyone Can Share “Advice”
The number of “bloggers” and “fitness gurus” who are actually just out to make a quick buck or gain some fame can make finding good people to follow a tricky task. Many may offer terrible advice and get you off to the wrong start. Keep in mind that even the best of fitness personalities may sell out once in a while and promote a fad diet or an expensive product that makes ridiculous claims and promises. Avoid the fraudsters and check for qualifications. Legit bloggers and gurus will be more than welcome to share their qualifications and achievements with you.

It’s Not All Real
A social media picture, perfectly framed and shot so as to show someone’s best angles and finished off with a caption followed by tens upon tens of hashtags, isn’t a good representation of real life. It’s a photograph taken out of context. It presents these fitness gurus as something more than human with a perfect lifestyle and all the free time in the world to burn off that many calories per day. Only the most flattering snapshots are shared, and it can make you feel like you’re just not good enough or making progress as fast as you should.

You Could do it For The Wrong Reasons
Seeing other people progressing faster than you, or going on a more difficult regimen than you’re on, can really get you thinking. You could start feeling jealous, or suspect that the grass is greener on the other side, and try to imitate or catch up with your peers. In reality, you should be attempting a healthy lifestyle for no one else but yourself.

Conclusion

So, is social media any good at all when you’re trying to get fit? The honest answer is that it depends on how you use it. Social media is a tool, and if you harness it right, you’ll be able to use it effectively and to your advantage.

Protecting Against Preventable Illnesses

As humans we’re generally pretty robust, but things can still go wrong in a very bad way. Being such complex creatures allows us to do everything we can, however it also means there are so many different things that can stop functioning as they should. There are diseases we can develop or catch, and all kinds of other problems. While you shouldn’t fret about your health, you should still take steps to look after it. By doing so, you avoid all kinds of preventable illnesses and are more likely to go on and live a long happy and healthy life. Here are just a few of the preventable illnesses a proper lifestyle will help you to avoid.

Cancer

With good health care meaning, we’re now living longer than ever, it’s now estimated that one in two people will get cancer in their lifetime. While the majority of these are in much older patients, cancer doesn’t discriminate and affects people of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. Of course, not all cancers are preventable, and many occur seemingly out of the blue and due to nothing that the person has done wrong. However there are an awful lot of cancers caused by lifestyle choices too.

Smoking, drinking too much alcohol, not eating the right foods, even working shift patterns can all contribute to certain cancers. Making a conscious effort to live well and look after our bodies can help to prevent many of these. Eat a diet with plenty of fresh produce, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fats to keep it nourished and running like a finely tuned machine. Exercise to keep it lean and strong, protect your skin from the sun and avoid toxins and chemicals as much as possible. You’re never going to be able to be 100% perfect, but taking steps to live in a healthy way will certainly prevent and protect against a wide range of cancers.

Cancer has a devastating effect on lives, once diagnosed you are likely to need radiation therapy and chemotherapy which can be hard on the body. Depending on the type of cancer you might need surgery too, for example, a facial tumor would need to be treated by a specialist such as DrAllison.org. Cervical or ovarian cancer could result in a hysterectomy surgery, or breast cancer, a mastectomy. The key to successfully avoiding certain cancers is to attend all of the screenings you’re invited to. These allow any changes to be picked up early where they’re in the most treatable stages.

Type Two Diabetes

In type two diabetes, the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin. As a result of this, glucose isn’t utilised by the body as fuel and instead stays in the blood. It causes all kinds of problems, from uncomfortable symptoms to life-changing conditions such as blindness and infections in the feet that can lead to needing amputations. Staying at a healthy weight, eating the right foods and exercise can all help to protect you against type two diabetes. It’s more common in certain groups of people: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. It’s more likely to occur as you get older, and most importantly occurs most in those who are obese. Keeping your weight in check is incredibly important, you can’t change your age or ethnicity but you have control over this so take advantage of that.

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, accounting for almost one in four deaths. The scariest thing is, it’s a preventable illness. Heart failure, stroke, angina, cardiac arrest and hypertension are just a few of the illnesses in the category of heart disease. They mainly occur due to fatty deposits in the arteries around the heart. They’re made up of cholesterol and waste substances, and restrict the flow of blood to the heart. Smoking and eating the wrong foods can contribute to this, as well as other diseases such as diabetes. Again, simply living a healthy life where you eat the right foods and do enough exercise are enough to protect you. Give up smoking and look after your body.

Osteoporosis

Once believed to be an inevitable part of growing old, research has now shown that osteoporosis is largely avoidable. Osteoporosis occurs when the bone loses density quicker than it’s replaced. This leads to weak and brittle bones, which can cause painful fractures very easily and in many cases a broken hip which can be fatal. Living healthily throughout your life, ensuring you get enough calcium and regular exercise will help to build up your bones.

Obesity Related Issues

As well as cancers, heart disease and diabetes, there are other obesity related issues that can be completely avoided with a good diet and exercise. Musco-skeletal problems such as back, hip, knee and foot issues can occur when you’re carrying too much weight for your frame. This can be disabling in some cases and create a vicious cycle where you’re unable to exercise and therefore gain more weight.

It can also cause sleep apnea, a condition where you stop breathing periodically in the night. This can lead to disturbed sleep and further health problems, particularly with the heart. It can lead to fertility issues, gallstones, and if you have a negative body image then mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression too. Find an activity you enjoy and stick with it to ensure you’re getting enough exercise. Stick to a food diary to track your macros to stop you from underestimating your food intake. If you have ongoing issues with your weight, try speaking to your GP. They will be able to refer you to a nutritionist or dietician and provide invaluable advice on getting on track.

What’re Your Thoughts

When your body is strong and healthy, you keep it functioning well, and also boost your immune system to give you better defences against disease. Follow common sense health advice, and don’t wait until things start going wrong before making a change!

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.

Whatever It Is, Stop Putting It Off!

We all know what it’s like. You’ve got that to-do list in front of you, you know what’s on there, you know you shouldn’t wait, but then you come up with some new excuse as to why you can’t possibly do it. You’ll get round to it later! It’s not that urgent! You just don’t have the time! Do these excuses sounds familiar? Everyone does this from time to time but putting off jobs that you could do right now is a pretty foolproof way to end up in trouble. Some things could just end up being inconvenient, but other could end up being genuinely dangerous if you don’t deal with them. So, to help you finally start crossing things off your to-do list, here are some things that you need to stop putting it off until later!

Medical Appointments

This is probably the most common, which is utterly bizarre considering how important it really is. Whether it’s because it’s inconvenient or because you’re afraid to go, it’s incredibly common that people put off medical appointments over and over again. Even if they’re worried about something, many people have a tendency to put it off until it’s so serious they can’t ignore it anymore. Of course, if they’d dealt with it sooner then it would have been much easier to sort out. If you’re feeling nervous or afraid then you should talk to your doctor about it, they’ll often be able to put you at ease, and practices like http://www.dentistrywithtlc.com/ are specifically geared towards those who are afraid of the dentist. Even if it turns out you’re completely fine, at least you’ll be able to put your mind at ease.

Updating Your Resume

Plenty of people find themselves stuck in jobs that they don’t want. But why is that? If people hate their jobs so much why don’t they find something new? Well, a lot of the time it’s because trying to find a new job can be so stressful and difficult at times that they would rather just stick with the bad job that they have. The first step in that process is always making sure that your resume is updated. It’s often the simplest part of the entire process but, because it’s the first step, it’s the one that people are often most reluctant actually to do. Once it’s finished and they’ve sent it off to employers, most people are excited at the idea of interviewing and starting somewhere new. Just set aside a single evening and get it done. It’s not going to take you long, and you’re going to be much happier in the long run once you do.

Getting Your Car Repaired

“I don’t need to take my car to a mechanic yet! It runs just fine!” These are famous last words if ever there were any. Your care might be running “just fine” as far as you can tell but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any underlying problems that could soon result in more serious ones. If you’re lucky, all that will happen is that your car will break down and you’ll need to call a recovery service. But if things go really wrong then there’s a chance you could get into a serious accident. Make sure that you’re taking your car in for a service regularly so that you know for a fact that it really is running just fine.

Getting in Shape

We all feel as though we could be in slightly better shape, but the vast majority of us tend to put it off for years at a time. Constantly saying things like “I’ll start it tomorrow.” Well, tomorrow as arrived, and it’s time to take control of your life and your body. If you want to get into better shape, look better and feel better, then there’s only one way that’s going to happen, hard work and dedication. Once you actually get started, you’re probably going to find that it’s something you enjoy a great deal. Exercise releases a lot of positive endorphins leaving feeling elated after a really great workout.

Saving Money

There’s never a “right time” to start saving money. No matter what, you’re always going to be in a position where you’ve got to be careful about how you’re spending, but many people don’t realise how much they actually spend on average. If you look at it in the cold light of day, you’ll probably realise that, if you cut back on little luxuries here and there then you’d have a lot more money to set aside each month. That way you’re going to be able to give yourself a financial cushion, save for a trip you’ve always wanted, or start putting money aside for your future.

Reconnecting With Someone

Relationships have their ebbs and flows, people come together, and they drift apart, it’s a natural part of life. But if there’s someone in your life that you wish you hadn’t let go of then there’s no reason not to reach out to them. Whatever happened in the past is just that: in the past. If you find your thumb hovering over the “call” button or constantly staring at a blank Facebook message, just reach out to them. The worst that happens is that things stay as they are, in which case you at least get some closure, but there’s always a chance that they’ve been doing exactly the same thing and miss you just as much as you miss them. Life’s too short to spend it holding grudges, so why not take the leap and reach out to someone?

What’re Your Thoughts

Taking risks and starting something is always going to be scary but by putting things off all you do if build them up in your mind until they become far scarier than they really are. By dealing with things straight away, you’ll find yourself feeling much more at ease.

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.

Mind And Body: The Best Kept Secrets To Your Well-Being

We can all be a little guilty of getting caught up in the rate race of life. Stressed over work deadlines or feeling like we are being stretched beyond capacity. Work and home life merging and feeling guilty for not doing things you want to be doing, or doing them when you think you shouldn’t. It can all be a vicious cycle that can have a detrimental effect on our well-being. But the thing is, if we don’t take care of ourselves then we are less likely to function well in every aspect of our lives. So I thought I would share with you a few of the best kept secrets to your well-being, enabling you to kick start your year on a high.

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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.

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