Surprising life changing benefits of a daily walk

We all know walking good for us; it’s as natural as breathing. Despite this not many of us these days can say we get the suggested 10,000 steps in every day.

But the question is: why is walking good for us? After all if we don’t know why we should walk every day then why should we walk every day?

Walking improves your mood

Walking is great for your mental health, and I mean great. Dr. Jampolis says “Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you’ll experience a decrease in anger and hostility,”. Walking outside when its sunny is great for getting your daily recommended amount of Vitamin D, known sometimes as the sunshine vitamin as it’s produced in your skin as a natural response to sunlight. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased depression and anxiety; this can be particularly bad in the winter.

Walking boosts Creativity

According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition, going for a walk can get your creative juices flowing. “Researchers administered creative-thinking tests to subjects while seated and while walking and found that the walkers thought more creatively than the sitters,” says Dr. Jampolis. I personally go on a walk for 15 minutes in between writing and reading to give myself time to mentally recharge, so I’m at peak performance for longer.

Walking DRAMATICALLY slashes your risk of chronic diseases

Chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, strokes, asthma and cancer are the biggest killers in developed countries, but thankfully there are things you can do to dramatically decrease the risk such as not drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes eating too much red meat and WALKING!

That’s right! Just by walking a little bit every day in between working and odd jobs can save your life!

The American Diabetes Association says walking lowers your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes. Researchers at the University of Boulder Colorado

The University of Tennessee found that walking regularly lowered blood pressure and may reduce the risk of stroke by 20% to 40%.

One of the most cited studies on walking, published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that those who walked 30 or more minutes of moderate activity on 5 or more days per week had a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, compared with those who did not walk regularly.

Walking improves your digestive system

According to Tara Alaichamy, DPT, a physical therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, “One of the very first things an abdominal surgery patient is required to do is to walk because it utilizes core and abdominal muscles, encouraging movement in our GI system,”

Any exercise improves blood flow throughout the body, which includes your digestive system. Walk daily and you won’t have a sluggish digestive system can also help you avoid constipation, or any gas, bloating and cramps.

Walking reduces stress

By going for a walk in between working, you give yourself a break from the constant buzzing of the phone and the glaring of the screen. Taking time to unplug from technology and bug workloads is important for keeping stress levels low and your cognitive abilities like focus and clarity of mind

Managing stress, in today’s fast-paced world, is so important. Stress can lead to self-destructive behaviour like over or under eating and becoming socially withdrawn. It can also lead to feelings of Anxiety, depression and a lack of focus and motivation. By walking only 10 minutes a day outside you can reduce stress and improve the quality of your life. If you’re still not convinced stress causes heart attacks, it accelerates the ageing process and reduces your life expectancy.


A review of Tadpole Training’s Basic Sales Skills course

First of all I’d like to say to ANYONE. Whether you’re an employer, employee or just interested in ways to make your life EASIER, this course is an absolute gold mine of practical and relevant information. Even if I wasn’t aspiring towards a successful career in a marketing/ sales role this course would still have left me curious, mind blown and wanting more!

The course starts by debunking misconceptions and lazy stereotypes that many people will have about salesmen and women. Whilst many in sales behave unethically to chase short term profits this course offers a way to make your sales win-win solutions and profits sustainable and high.

The course’s advice can be applied to many areas of life and draws on common sense advice that is easy to overlook. For example the course explains that even though dealing with high sales targets can be daunting it’s less intimating to break it down into chunks. As an old saying goes “How do you eat an elephant? One mouthful at a time” The course also explains how seemingly counterintuitive approaches can have huge success. An example of this would be that sales success is actually not about telling but listening so you can gather information on your client’s needs so you can provide them with services better suited to those needs.

Other things covered, extremely well I might add, include cold calling, conversion rates, and closing techniques (A subject I will be writing a more extensive post on when I have time) I can’t cover everyting on the course as I feel I can’t do it justice because Janet is an incrdibly taleneted communicator. Overall I was extremely satisfied with the course and will be attending the next one if I get the chance.

Principles of sales I learnt on YouTube

“The more you Learn, The more you earn”

Frank A. Clark

Knowing the market

Learn the problems and pains of your customers, provide solution

  • Ask how you can provide value, don’t just tell them how you can provide value
  • Sell to who’s buying. Find out who’s buying rather than who’s not buying, and why who’s buying is buying
  • All stakeholder have valuable information, not just senior management who are often disconnected
  • Try to sell to people like you to avoid market research, what do you want. What makes you insecure? What are your pains?

Knowing how to sell


  • Be authentic and honest. It will lead to sales directly because it will make customers trust you and it will lead to sales indirectly through referrals. This is the basis of salesmanship because people buy from people
  • If your character has been compromised by violating the principles of sales then have a manager or 3rd party call/tag to save and reinforce deals.
  • Never be rude to a customer even if you know you won’t close a sale there and then. If you cannot close the deal see if you can gather information or if you could get a referral
  • Project authority by demonstrating confidence in your own knowledge but especially your coworkers.
  • Never argue with a customer. Always agree and acknowledge communication. Don’t just agree but show the customer you understand. No one buys from someone who won’t listen or that has been rude to them

Lessons from psychology

  • Trigger insecurities about reputation, looks, missing out etc (Market research is HUGELY important in this. Know your customers)
  • Use people’s sentiment against them. Whether its nostalgia, love an optimistic future these things all make consumers vulnerable to emotional manipulation.
  • Make the product or service seem exclusive by using personal language such as “I’ll make this offer for YOU” Deliver price in a quiet voice to trick the brain into taking it as a secret.
  • Keep them engaged by changing the pitch, speed, and volume of your speech
  • Use pauses before delivering key information such as prices, especially if you’re framing it as a personal discount available go them only.
  • Create the illusion of scarcity and urgency. The most common example of this is when products are advertised as only available now. “Here today, gone tomorrow”  This is vital in the close
  • Ask if they want this product or that product not if they want any products. It gives them the illusion of choice.

Straight line theory

  • The essence of straight line theory is that is essential to go off topic because it allows you to gather information about the customer so you can sell it to the more personally
  • Focus on building rapport and trust initially. If a customer trusts you it means you have to convince less and face fewer objections in the close
  • Joking and light-hearted banter is fine, but make sure you keep it appropriate and inoffensive

Videos that this advice came from

Top 10 SALES Techniques for Entrepreneurs

7 Psychological Sales Triggers

The BEST Tips for Professional Sales People – Grant Cardone


If you want to convince people, be nice as it makes people feel bad about rejecting you

Be calm and show you have understood their point of view

Make them understand your point of view calmly and clearly

A timeline of life lessons from Univeristy

Semester 1

Week 2

No ovens and hobs are bad

Not having an oven limits you incredibly but you won’t die from eating shit, in fact, your diet won’t be that worse than the average student. This is because even students with ovens seem to incapable of using them regularly enough for it to have enough a big enough impact.

Geordies hate being called Scottish and Mancs hate being called southern. Northerners go on about their routes much more than the southerners.

Week 4

Alcohol is the single biggest obstacle in my life to academic success.

Week 6

Not going to lectures and seminars can leave you in a different world of lost

Week 7

Depression at university is almost a norm because many students do not develop themselves outside the typical student spheres. Working, studying, buying and iPhone usage is the staple for students. They fail to pursue interests outside the narrow paradigm of what is expected of them.

Week 10

Social anxiety can be massively reduced if you’re ok not taking yourself seriously. Facing your fears lifts you out of ruts. I’m happy again now and everything getting better because I’m motivated again.

Week 11

Optimistically waiting for bad things to end is a bad way of dealing with adversity. Mental breakdowns can be surprisingly short term if you embrace harsh realities, crush your fears and grow as a person.

Everyone’s been through shit. Support people in ways which suit them, you might learn something and you’ll definitely get on better with them from looking at it from their situation.

Also if you naturally wake up early, get up. It’s a blessing, not a curse. Going to bed will mean you’ll wake up late and have missed most of the day.

Week 12

It’s the end of the first semester. I’ve learned to be more organised but there is still a long way to go. My writing style needs to be much more structured and explicit and I need to engage with the question and journal articles rather than go off on a rant because I think I’m smart. I’ve learned that when I need to be I can be assertive and effective in getting shit done especially in relation to managing people. I’m happier as a person and have accepted that I don’t have to have it all together now or anytime.

In general the university environment, unlike high school, encourages kindness rather than savageness. Because of this, I’ve met some of the kindest and most humble people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I love York.

Week 16

Coming back has been a bit harder than before although I haven’t noticed as much because I’ve been productive. I miss my mates more now I’m in an environment where I expect them to be close.

Week 18

Some people are incapable of dealing with shit not because they haven’t been through shit but they haven’t really grown. They won’t try new things, they won’t make needed changes and they’ll ultimately never self actualise because of this. Although its sad, I should realise I can’t help everyone.

Time in isolation is only shit if its unproductive. Going on social media and lying in bed all day may seem nice but it won’t make you happy.

Week 19

After intentionally subjecting myself to a level of isolation I had previously forgotten existed, I feel happier in my own company and have learned not to constantly crave other people to be around.

Cold showers are surprisingly easier in a nicer shower. Good habits often seem to be conducive with good environments. If you wanna change your life, change your habits if you wanna change your environment (town, social circle, work etc)

Week 20

My poor diet, consisting of fried processed red meat and strong larger, could potentially be having adverse effects on my health

My plans to set up an online business this year have been postponed on the basis I do not believe I possess the habits to be a truly successful entrepreneur. Aside from that, I’ve not been happy recently and it’s not just the recent series of turbulent events it’s my poor habits as well. Although I’ve always said “eat well, sleep well, excercise”. I’ve decided to take an indefinite break from alcohol and use the extra finances to eat good food.

Week 21

Quitting alcohol has drastically improved mental health, motivation and my attitude to life in general. Quitting social media has made me so much more productive. I don’t feel an urge to return to social media at all and I don’t feel very enthusiastic about drinking like I used to, although I’m skeptical about the possibility I’ll remain teetotal.

I’ve learned the importance of persistence, building core habits and eliminating distractions. At the moment I’m looking into a variety of careers in management, marketing, and social research.

Week 23

This as been one of the most important weeks of my life. I’ve learnt so much after deciding to quit alcohol and now social media.

Discipline is freedom. A lack of self control leaves you slave to your short term impulses.

Having less, giving more and being busy with things you care about is a very basic but succesful strategy for a happy life.

Keystone habits like getting up relatively early, cooking wholesome food, exercising and reading are so so so important. I cannot stress this enough. Replacing alcohol with wholesome nutritious food and replacing social media with reading, in particular, have been essential for my recent productivity and happiness spike. I feel myself developing a much more organised, thoughtful and calm personality in all areas of my life.

Week 24

If you love the work you do you’ll love the result. Focusing on short term conditional rewards works short term but there is no replacement for developing a better mindset, better habits and a passion for what you do.

Your time is the most valuable asset you have, it’s constantly declining. Jim Rohn states “you are the average of the five people you spend most time with”. If you don’t admire those people, you should choose your circle wisely.

Week 26

I’m obsessive. With a lot. I need to focus on balance of work and relaxation because a week working 12 hours a day is great for productivity short term but ultimately unsustainable, stressful and it impairs attention to details and lateral thinking.

Week 27

Overall I have made a level of progress that’s left everyone pretty shocked. Since replacing social media with reading and writing I feel so much more focused, creative and overall just more mentally quicker. I’ve recently gotten into podcasts..

Not drinking isn’t really an issue for me at all. I’m going to allow myself a pre-planned cheat day as I’ve read it actually strengthens willpower and makes it more longlasting.

Week 28

I’ve been listening to more lectures on philosophy and biology rather than psychology. I’ve read into ALOT of psychology recently, everything from practical persuasion techniques to the neuroscience behind our cognitive biases and heuristics.

Week 29

Strong friendship isn’t about not arguing, it about how easy you overcome arguments. People with few friends often have a “burn bridges” attitude to what should be minor disagreements.

You never know who’s there for you until you hit rock bottom.

Attitudes and habits are the bedrock of resilience and success.

Week 31

Innovation comes from the struggle to achieve. If everything was easy, we wouldn’t innovate or grow.

The most successful people have had the most failures. Failure is not a setback it’s just one failure closer to success

Your life is what you focus on, that is our decision and no one else’s. If you want to see the negatives in everything, you’ll see eveything as negative. The more you practice seeing adversity as a challenge, the brighter life will be.

Week 34

There’s a very good medium between constant self criticism/ self improvment and being content . Obsession and being extremely dedicated has it’s advantges but there’s a way to do it without driving yourself insane.

After reading, 33 books around self improvement and business, I have learnt one imporant thing. Attitudes and habits are everything. There’s no replacing that. I’m proud this year that I’m healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been and I’ve learnt and grown so much since university. I plan to to learn things more course relevent and start learning more practical skills such as woodworking.

Week 36

The amount of personal growth I’ve done this year is insane. I feel for the first time in my life I can achieve even things I’m not naturally good at like DIY and emotional intelligence. More than anything I’ve learnt the importance of being rational in a way that deals effectively with te irratonalities of people especially myself.

Embracing hard and meaninful work is the good life. Living frugally and delibrately with less distractions and more challenges is something I doubt I will ever get tired of advocating. Modern culture is toxic in my honest opinion but living life instead of a life through screens has made me almost impossibly happy.

Week 38

Uni’s ended. If I learnt one thing it’s your life is the product of your combined decisons.

Reading list

This list contains all the books I have read in full (from November 2018) and am going to read. Most of the books have a link to a video summary of the book or a lecture from the author. The books I have read are ranked out of 10 based on how informative, insightful and entertaining I felt they were. Enjoy 🙂

  1. Outliers: the story of success by Malcolm Gladwell 8.5/10
  2. The Tipping point: how tipping things can make a big difference by Malcolm Gladwell 8/10
  3. The Social Animal: a story of how success happens by David Brooks 9/10
  4. Principles: Life and work by Ray Dalio 9.5/10
  5. Thinking fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman 8/10
  6. How to get a grip by Mathew Kimberly 3/10
  7. The Miracle Morning: The 6 habits that will transform your life before 8am by Hal Elrod 7/10
  8. Misbehaving: the making of behavioural economics by Richard H Thaler 7.5/10
  9. Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg 9/10
  10. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Lief Babin 7/10
  11. Paradox of choice: why more is less by Barry Schwartz 8/10
  12. Inside organisations by Charles Handy 8.5/10
  13. Post-Truth: the new war on truth and how to fight back by Mathew D Anacona 7.5/10
  14. Propaganda by Edward Bernays 8/10
  15. Drive: the surprising truth about what really motivates us by Daniel H. Pink 9/10
  16. Influence: the power of persuasion by Robert B Cialdini 9/10
  17. Mastermind: How to think like Sherlock Holmes 8.5/10
  18. Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy 8.5/10
  19. The four hour work week by Tim Ferris 9.5/10
  20. The Idiot Brain by Dean Burnett 8/10
  21. Rich dad poor dad by Robert Kiyosaki 9.5/10
  22. Scientiffic advertising by Claude Hopkins 7/10
  23. Big data: a very short introduction by Dawn E Holmes 7/10
  24. The Definitive Book of Body Language by Alan & Barbara Pease 8/10
  25. Start with why by Simon Sinek 6.5/10
  26. Signals: how everyday signals can help us navigate the world’s turbulent economy by Pippa Malmgren 8.5/10
  27. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavellian 6/10
  28. The Art of war by Sun Tzu 8/10
  29. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie 9/10
  30. History of economics 7/10
  31. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius 9/10
  32. Ethics: a very short introduction by Simon Blackburn 7/10
  33. Globalisation: a very short introduction 6/10
  34. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  35. 7 Habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey
  36. Business adventures by John Brooke