Exam season is over, results are in, and I’m finally buckling down to my Summer Resolutions. This has been a habit of mine for the past few years; January is right in the middle of exam preparation and the start of the back-to-uni scramble, so it’s the worst time to try and get life-changing habits set down. Instead, during the summer term I select a few goals that I want to work on over the summer, in the hope that by the time the next academic year comes around they’ll be part of my routine.
So what are this year’s resolutions? Firstly, I want to work on my fitness levels. You always hear about the benefits of exercise, but being told that you need 150 hours of light exercise a week has always put me off – exercise is so boring! And given the small amount of free time I have on my course, the last thing I wanted to do was spend it doing something I loathe. So I dug around the internet, and found the perfect solution (for me, anyway): the DeskCycle! Now I can exercise while working, studying, watching YouTube videos, even gaming! And now blogging – I’m pedalling away at it now. A bit of an investment, but hopefully I’ll get my money’s worth. In addition to this, I’m trying to figure out some good toning exercises that I can do, to try and devote about ten or fifteen minutes to building a bit of muscle tone and get healthier that way.
Secondly, I want to work on lowering my stress levels. Once I’ve finished my few weeks of collapsing (and being ill, I always get ill at the start of a holiday) I’m going to work on some stress reduction techniques that have been suggested to me. Mediation is meant to be very helpful, and my personal tutor has suggested a scheme from Monash University, Australia: Mindfulness Meditation. Studies have shown that this helps lower stress levels and build mental resilience, amongst other benefits, so I’ll be trying out their app Smiling Mind over the next few weeks to see if it will work for me. Hopefully the exercise will also help with this, since stress reduction is one of the many benefits that people have listed. Basically, this summer is all about increasing well being and resilience.
Does anyone else do Summer Resolutions? And does anyone have some advice on how to make exercise fun?