A 12-Week Blueprint For Running Your First 10K Race (Guest Post)

A 12-Week Blueprint For Running Your First 10K Race (Guest Post)

I thought today’s guest post from running expert David Dack over at Runner’s Blueprint sharing a 12-week blueprint for running your first 10K race would be perfect for those looking to start running or participate in their first race! With 2020 nearly upon us, I know – what?! – I want to share posts about how to set (and achieve) personal goals for the new year. I am not big into the whole ‘resolution’ thing – if you want to change, you can do it whenever you like – however, I am big into embracing a growth mindset. I love running. I have been running for over twenty years and wholeheartedly can say it has helped me through many challenging times. So, here’s David! A 12-Week Blueprint For Running Your First 10K Race Planning on running your first 10K race but nervous because you have zero practical experience? No need to worry, my friend! I know. Training for the 10K when you’re a complete beginner can be tricky. With a little bit of consistency, motivation, and the right guidance, you can make it down the road. Without further ado, here are the tips you need to get race-ready in less than 12… View Post
Helpful Tips For Leading A Balanced and Fulfilling Life

Helpful Tips For Leading A Balanced and Fulfilling Life

Your wellbeing will fluctuate throughout your life, but you do not have to shrug your shoulders and learn to settle for a standard of health which is sub-par. There are always improvements that can be made to your lifestyle. As a result, there are always improvements that can be made to your wellbeing, even if your physical state and your mental state can both be unpredictable, at times. The best way to keep physically and emotionally balanced is to take care of ourselves. Let’s look at some ways in which you could start leading a balanced and fulfilling life. Picture Source Maintain a filling yet nutritious diet. Make sure you maintain a filling yet nutritious diet if you want to lead a balanced and fulfilling life. Fad diets will not benefit your long-term wellbeing. Restricting your eating habits might help you to lose weight quickly, but that’s not necessarily healthy. Instead of directly reducing your overall food consumption, you should lower your consumption of unhealthy, processed foods and increase your intake of healthy foods. You might already have a filling diet; it might just not be as nutritious as possible. To keep your dietary plan balanced, then, you should find ways… View Post
How Life Will Become Sweeter When You Cut Down On Sugar

How Life Will Become Sweeter When You Cut Down On Sugar

Have you ever tried to cut down on sugar? It can be challenging, as not only do you have to stop eating chocolate and other types of candy, but you also have to rule out a whole range of different foods that have a surprisingly high sugar quotient. Oh, and you also have to live without sugar in your cups of tea! So, unless you have the capacity and willpower to do so, we aren’t suggesting you give up on sugar full stop. However, what you can do is follow the previous link for some of the foods you might be able to eliminate from your diet, and you could also think twice when choosing snack items from your local supermarket. Not every snack needs to be coated in chocolate or loaded with sugar. Here are some snack ideas to prove it.  Your life will become sweeter if you do cut down on sugar, and these are the reasons why. #1: You will have fewer cavities A no-brainer, of course, as you should already know sugary items are the biggest causes of tooth decay and painful cavities. Sticky sweets and cakes are the worst, as not only do you harm your teeth with every… View Post
Three Tips To Respond Effectively (Instead of Reacting)

Three Tips To Respond Effectively (Instead of Reacting)

One of the things my late father used to repeatedly tell me was how reactionary of a person I was. I am a highly sensitive person and empathetic to what I used to think was a fault and so most interactions would result in a kneejerk reaction from yours truly. I lacked the insight to respond effectively (instead of reacting). I’m also a sarcastic person, so at times my quick-witted retorts would garner me some positive attention. via GIPHY A confusing paradigm for a person who relied so heavily on the approval and appraisal of others to feel good about being me. My need to react felt like something I would never be able to control and it got me into many situations that I didn’t need nor want. The thing is, all behaviour is a choice. One of the few things we have control over is how we choose to interact with circumstance. Most of us will react to a situation only to play out how we could have handled it differently. Sometimes for better, others for worse. If we become aware of what’s happening before we act, behaviour becomes a function of choice rather than a result of… View Post
Four Things You’re Giving Up When You Quit Drinking Alcohol

Four Things You’re Giving Up When You Quit Drinking Alcohol

Always do sober what you said you’d do when you were drunk. That’ll teach you to keep your mouth shut. Ernest Hemingway “Don’t you miss it?” — the question I’ve been asked a bunch of times since I quit drinking alcohol. “Sometimes, but not really.” — my usual response. “Well, you’re much more driven than I am, I couldn’t quit drinking, I love my wine too much, how do you stick to it?” — the question I’ve been asked at least half a dozen times since I quit drinking alcohol. “Have you ever had a wine hangover? Thinking about that makes the thought of drinking pass pretty quickly. I guess I’m motivated by waking up clear-headed, feeling rested, and without a head full of anxiety.” -my usual response. So many people view giving up alcohol — or anything really — as being deprived. And I suppose by nature abstaining from anything could be considered deprivation. Or it could be viewed as the opportunity to gain something else in its place. It’s merely a matter of what your relationship is with that something that determines which end of the spectrum not having it will fall. I don’t view giving up alcohol… View Post