Is your #NewYearNewMe resolution to get fit/healthy/less stressed/more in control this term? Here’s 5 super easy ways to make that happen:

1. Pick a realistic goal.

  • If you’re just starting out going to the gym, setting a goal of 2hrs every day may be unrealistic.
  • If you have been going once per week, aim for two – or one week day and one weekend day.
  • Pro Tip: don’t beat yourself up if you miss it, be gentle with yourself and keep trying!
  • Take Action: Booking a personal training one-on-one session at the ARC is a great way to get started and know which exercises to do to work towards your goals.

2. Get out and move!

  • Focusing on wellness is about what inspires YOU be it yoga, dance, sports leagues, intramurals, walking by the waterfront, going out dancing… our bodies were designed to move! Only over the last hundred years or so have we switched to sedentary work.
  • Pro Tip: It gets dark early, so make your daily goal just to leave the house before sunset at 4:30pm. The Carrot Rewards app that hooks into Fitbit or Google Fit lets you collect reward points just for walking…
  • Take Action: Or, pop the campus bubble and find your zen downtown at a local yoga studio!

3. Eat more whole foods.

  • That means food that has been processed or refined as little as possible, or is free from additives or other artificial substances.
  • It’s good for the environment because it requires less packaging!
  • Take Action: There are many local stores close to campus where you can shop for whole foods. Check out: Old Farm Fine Foods, Memorial Centre Farmers Market (open every Sunday 10am-2pm), Rooted Food Co., and the Queen’s Farmers Market (open every Wednesday in the JDUC!)

4. Practice mental health hygiene. 

  • Bell Let’s Talk day is coming up on January 27, but getting enough sleep every day can make a bigger impact on your mood than you might think.
  • It can be very freeing to be in a space where people are encouraged to discuss their mental health challenges. We all have them from time to time.
  • Take Action: On-campus and in town there are mental health support groups that you can visit, even if you don’t necessarily feel like you need it.

5. Be inspired at a Health & Wellness event.

  • Why yes, go to an event!
  • Whether it’s a guest speaker, a wellness fair, a fitness class, or mindfulness training, there’s something for everyone – and you can find it all-in-one place on!
  • Take Action: If one of these events looks interesting to you, save it in your calendar. You’ll be one step ahead!