Gillian Douglas


Gillian Douglas, Perth College UHI Module Leader – BSc Computing – Advanced Databases ASW Gym member since 2017

Gillian Douglas

How are you managing work-life balance?

After a bumpy start when I felt I needed to be online and available to students 24/7 I'm now managing the balance much better. I make a point of moving away from my desk for coffee and lunch. I am now also trying to make sure I get out in the daylight rather than waiting until after work when it is dark. I am lucky that some of my work can be done at any time of day but not everyone has that flexibility.

How has your exercise routine changed? What are you doing differently and do you enjoy it even more or less (or the same) 

Still run 3 times a week but I've added in a walk of about 5k on non running days. Trying to do a couple of ASW strength or core classes on my non running days too. I miss running with my club and my friends but at least my partner runs too. I also miss ASW classes as I am an outdoor person so not good at the gym stuff without someone motivating me!

What keeps you motivated?

I love my coffee and cake so for me the exercise is all about feeling I can treat myself!

Have you signed up to any challenges/ set any goals/ achieved any PB’s/ completed any challenges recently?

ASW challenges such as the 5k a day in May and January.  Entered the Lands End to John O'Groats event which counted any walking, running and cycling. Personal goals include keeping to my 3 runs a week and walking on the other days. 

What are you looking forward to the most once lockdown ends Being able to exercise with friends?

I am not good at exercising on my own so looking forward to getting back to classes at the ASW and to running with Perth Road Runners and with my friends.From a non exercise point of view being able to eat in restaurants again.

What advice would you give to others who are looking to become more active?

Even a little exercise is good. Set some small goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. Make time every day for some form of exercise even if it's just a walk round the block and try to get out in daylight as this makes a huge difference to mental health and wellbeing.