Monthly Archives: April 2015

Making time for sport

Trainersongrass

Now that the days are getting lighter and I’m feeling like doing more after work, I’ve been really wanting to do more exercise. I’ve always loved sport at school and university, and realised that I was starting to really miss it. I’ve been doing the weekly park run but since I’m away lots of weekends, I rarely do it 3 weeks on the trot. It made me think back to when I was doing my GCSE’s and I spent an hour doing badminton every Monday and I felt so much better about all my work after I had exercised and chilled out with friends. It’s such a little thing to do that makes such a big difference.

And the best thing of all is that it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Yes, you can join gyms for around £40 a month but I’ve managed to find something different. I’ll be honest, I’m not that into these different classes like Zumba and Pilates, I still don’t know what they are despite taking part in them both! I like sports that I get my heart buzzing instantly and I can feel the workout. so I was looking for circuit classes. And I found it with a running club, that mainly focuses on running but also has a circuits class every week. Whilst I do a bit of running, I decide to mainly use it for just the circuits class. But the best part is that it costs £8 a month for membership, so if I only take part in circuits once a week, its £2 a session. And so worth the money!

I think its much better than a gym membership because they tend to be smaller, its the same people that go every week so its just like meeting up with a group of friends to hang out. Everyone is so friendly and its something that I look forward to. And the guy who runs it, is basically like your personal trainer without the extortionate cost! So what to do to find these places? Well either do a quick google about your local area or visit http://www.getactivelondon.com. You can enter your location and sport that you’re interested in and show all the local clubs available to join!

I challenge you to join a local sports club, it’s an avenue for a stress relief, some exercise of course and a chance to meet new friends!

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Hotel Etiquette with Work

Hotel Etiquette

Within my placement, I’ve been spending a lot of time travelling around the UK. One course meant that I spent a week in Manchester with two other grads. Whilst I was there, there were certain things I learnt about hotel etiquette!

Balanced Breakfasts: The buffet breakfast was pretty overwhelming in our hotel, fruit salad, cereal, danish pastries, cooke breakfast and the opportunity to order poached eggs on toast! I had breakfast in the hotel for 4 days, I started off with the full english with a sausage sandwich. Amazing food! But let me tell you, by the end of the week, I was feeling pretty unhealthy and all stodgy so remember to keep it balanced!

Inventive lunches: Now I know I’m talking about food again here but it is so important… Given that we had to eat out everyday for lunch, I wanted to go a bit further than the £3 meal deal at Sainsbury’s. I got quite inventive with Moroccan cous cous with added chicken, freshly baked bread with mini hummus pots and a mini quiche with a prepared salad pot. Not a stale sandwich in sight!

Take Advantage of all the Facilities! There was a swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and a gym but I didn’t spend much time in the gym. I managed to go for a swim everyday after the training course before we all met for dinner which meant I at least attempted to balance out all those sausage sandwiches…

Mingle: There was a large group of 16 people on the course and I was already friends with three of them. We all went out for dinner together each evening so make sure you make an effort to sit next to different people each night so that by the end of the week you are one big group and not lots of little groups that don’t talk to each other!

Lines that don’t cross: During the week, we spent a lot of the time all together which means you become very close. But under no circumstance does this ever mean it’s a good idea to hall creep into your colleagues bedroom! Just never!

All of this seems pretty simple but thought I would just line them out anyway. Enjoy your time away if you go away with work. Make the most of it!

Monthly Challenges

I’ve come to realise that I love having projects on the go outside of work and this is something that I’ve struggled with since moving to London. My first desire would be to completely redecorate the house I’m living in and buy lots of new furniture and do it up but since I’m in rented accommodation, this isn’t so easy. I also get bored of doing the same thing for long periods of time so I thought of setting myself a monthly challenge each month. Something completely different to the next. In March, I decided to challenge myself with watching a different TED talk each day, of you don’t know what a TED talk is a global conference with the main aim to spread ‘ideas worth spreading’ usually in the form of short powerful speeches by a range of different people. These topics can stretch from social entrepreneurship to science to ways of living. So over my 30 odd videos that I’ve watched I thought it would be great to share some of the great ideas I’ve watched over the last month.

1.  Hackschooling makes me happy Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY

Hackschooling

A 13 year old Logan LaPlante talks about what he wants to be when he grows up. He talks about his hack schooling, a new way to learn and achieve his goal in life. It’s a really interesting way to think about living that’s really easy to take bits and add into your own life. One of the things that Logan talks about is spending at least one day a week outside all day, something that makes me happy.

2. Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcGyVTAoXEU

stress firned

An interesting talk to listen to especially right now when the amount of responsibility I’m getting at work is beginning to increase more and more as I’m no longer seen as the new grad and I’m beginning to be expected to work at the same level as everyone else in the office. It talks about how stress is a good thing and not a bad thing, there’s even some scientific proof so definitely a good video to watch!

3. Simon Sinek – Start With Why: Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPYeCltXpxw

Simon Sinek - Start With Why

This is a cut down version of the talk but it communicates the key idea so well. I’m naturally interested in this since I’ve always had a love for marketing and communication. It’s what I love most about TED talks – extremely simple and obvious once you’ve watched it!