5 WAYS TO LEARN WHILE WALKING IN THE FRESH AIR…

Getting out into the fresh air at the moment is very important to us all but if your nearest walk is not very exciting then you could learn while you walk.

You could listen to endless Podcasts. Good Housekeeping has 30 Best Podcasts for 2020 to listen to now.

You could learn a language. Lingualift has a list of the top 10 best language learning apps.

You could learn all about the birds and bees flying around at the moment. Dr. Hilary said this morning how you can here lots more bird song in the capital now the roads are so quiet. Hobby Help has listed the top 5 best Bird Watching Apps for 2020.

You could learn all about the flowers, trees and the leaves you pass on the road. The Telegraph has a list of the 10 best apps to identify unknown plants and flowers and Techigem has the 10 Best Plant Identification Apps for 2020.

If you just simply want to walk for health and some fresh air and don’t own a Fitbit then why not download an app and keep your phone in your pocket so it can register how many steps you have taken. I get a real buzz from knowing how many steps I’ve done as I know it’s so important for your health. Good Housekeeping have a list of the 10 best Step Counter Apps.

Nature is all around us, even if you live on busy streets or in cities. If you stuck in an apartment you could still take up bird watching, just zoom in your camera and take a picture of the bird then find out what it is from one of the apps. Being outside is very important and no matter how small your garden if you cannot get out into the streets then you could enjoy any off this list just walking around your garden.

We all want to get through this terrible ordeal we are now in ‘fit not fat.‘ There is also a brilliant book called Every Day Nature by Andy Beer (National Trust Book) which encourages you to find beauty in the everyday and forge a powerful connection with the nature than can be found on your doorstep.

GLASGOW TRAVEL RETAILER DONATES 5,000 (£125K) COMPRESSION SOCKS TO HELP FRONTLINE SCOTS NURSES…

A positive news story to share in the midst of everything that is going on.

Press pics taken by Peter Devlin available from dave@zudepr.co.uk

In order to help in any way that they can and to boost morale, a Glasgow online travel retailer whose sales have dropped 95 per cent in the past two weeks has donated 5,000 pairs of compression socks to help Scots nurses combat Covid-19.

Worth £125,000, the colourful knee-length socks will help 5,000 acute nurses in six hospitals across Scotland fight fatigue in the coming weeks.

And the firm has pledged to give away 5,000 more in the next seven days to nurses in London, bringing the total to 10,000 (£250,000).


Trtl (pronounced ‘turtle’) has donated the compression socks to acute nurses at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Royal Alexandra Hospital (Paisley) and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Govan. Each hospital has received 1,000.


In addition, nurses at The Royal Edinburgh Hospital will take 1,000 while Trtl has given 500 to nurses at Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital and 500 to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

The award-winning company, which employs 30 people in Glasgow, had stockpiled thousands of the socks in advance of its peak summer season. But with sales stalling due to the Covid-19 pandemic and little prospect of travel bans being rescinded any time soon, CEO Michael Corrigan decided to use them to support frontline nurses in his home city, across Scotland and in worst-hit London instead.


He explained: “Although the compression socks have been most popular with airline travellers, at the start of this year we ran a small campaign with nurses around the world and they were really happy with them. “Over the past few days, I’ve been thinking about how we can contribute in what is the biggest crisis many of us will face in our lifetimes. “When something like this happens it very rapidly puts things into perspective. “Nurses across the UK will be tested as never before in the coming weeks and if we can do something to help make the time they spend on their feet more comfortable, we must.”

“I couldn’t just see these socks sitting in a warehouse when they could be helping people saving lives. That’s what’s important, and nurses need all the help they can get just now.” John Stuart is the chief nurse at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. He said: “We are under no illusions about what we are going to face in the weeks to come. “Our nurses work incredibly hard and can spend hours and hours on the move during every shift. “With these compression socks we can help our staff alleviate some of the discomfort and aches associated with being on your feet for long periods of time and help them better face the challenges that are coming our way with Covid-19. “Any gesture like this can help boost morale and hopefully the colourful designs will help brighten the days of our nursing staff.”

A 2015 study found that the average NHS worker walks 3.6 miles a day with some recording up to 11 miles. Nurses regularly work 12-hour shifts and wearing compression socks reduces leg soreness, swollen ankles and varicose veins.


Established in 2013, Trtl is majority-owned-and-run by founder Michael Corrigan (32), who was born on Glasgow’s south side. He added: “This may be the biggest challenge we will ever face as a generation and how we react as individuals and collectively could define us in the years to come.” Best known for its Trtl Travel Pillow, which has sold 1.6M worldwide, Trtl sells a range of travel items from compression socks to packing pods. Most of its products are bought online through trtltravel.com and retailers such as Amazon.


The company, which won Small Exporter of the Year at the Scottish Export Awards in 2018, is expert at using social media and messaging apps to drive sales.

Trtl’s aim is to make travel comfortable, enjoyable and stress-free, so that both business travellers and vacationers alike can arrive at their destination refreshed, rested and ready to explore.

The company has also been featured on Dragons’ Den (The UK equivalent of the US Shark Tank), Huffington Post, The Financial Times, The Telegraph, Inc, BuzzFeed, Men’s Health and GQ. Trtl has won a raft of prestigious gongs for its exporting and digital media expertise including the Summit, Scottish Export and Shell Livewire awards.

Press pics taken by Peter Devlin available from dave@zudepr.co.uk

HELP SLOW THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 WITH THE SYMPTOM CHECKER APP…

Download the C-19 COVID Symptom Tracker App and self report daily. Help slow the outbreak. Identify those at risk sooner.

Take 1-minute to self-report daily, even if you are well to help the scientists identify high risk areas in the U.K. who is most at risk, better understanding symptoms linked to underlying health conditions. See how fast the virus is spreading in your area.

By using this app you’re contributing to advance vital research on COVID-19. The app will be used to study the symptoms of the virus and track how it spreads.

This research is led by Dr Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London and director of TwinsUK a scientific study of 15,000 identical and non-identical twins, which has been running for nearly three decades.

The COVID Symptom Tracker was designed by doctors and scientists at King’s College London, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals working in partnership with ZOE Global Ltd – a HealthPost science company.

They say ‘We take data security very seriously and will handle your data with huge respect. Your data is protected by the European Union’s “General Data Protection Regulation” (GDPR). It will only be used for health research and will not be used for commercial purposes. You can read more about how your data will be used, your rights and the steps we take to ensure it’s protected in our privacy policy or in the FAQ.

You can read more at King’s College London, BBC NEWS, The Guardian, and The INDEPENDENT.

Available from the App Store or Google Play.

REVIEW ON JOYA SHOES – BLISS FOR YOUR BACK…

I was given the opportunity to try a pair of Joya Shoes which they explain ‘support the natural movement process and encourage active walking. Joya shoes also promote healthy posture, which provides relief to the back and joints and can also reduce and prevent back and joint pain.’

As a chronic back pain sufferer walking out in the open is something I only really enjoyed occasionally when I was having a good day with my back. My biggest problem was deciding how far I could walk on any particular day so I was very excited to see if these shoes would make any difference.

The first impression when I put the shoes on was how high and supported I felt. It felt a bit like walking on air. The soft and springing material of the Joya sole transforms a hard and flat floor into a soft, elastic surface.

This, they say ‘increasingly activates small support and stability muscles again, which can remove stress from the joints and the spinal column. Plus, “micro movements” support the activity of the foot, calf, and leg muscles, which enable active walking and standing.’

Well, I have to say I am more than impressed with these shoes. The last few weeks have been an ideal time for me to see how far I could walk while in isolation. We are lucky enough to have lots of walks on The South Downs on our doorstep and the dry weather over the last couple of weeks has meant it safer to walk off-piste.

When my daughter first saw me in a pair of Joya shoes she thought I looked ‘very trendy’, which at the end of the day is also important to us women. Their shoes most definitely do what they say and relieve the back pain and cushions the feet and support healthy walking. Joya Shoes website explains in great detail about how these shoes work with a video and all about the Optimal pressure distribution, Joya ensures smooth rolling movement and optimum pressure distribution. This prevents pressure spikes in heel and forefoot. Joya footwear enables natural movement and encourages active walking.

At the moment one of their suppliers ShoeMed has an offer of 15% discount on full RRP to everyone Code: HURRY15. The code is valid until the end of the month. I wouldn’t hesitate to give these shoes a try if you get back pain during or after walking.