Do you find it super easy to talk yourself into going home after work, rather than hit the workout trail, just because it’s a bit colder? Me too. Here are a few tips to help you stay on track through the winter months.
It’s no surprise that food is key. When our energy levels dip, our motivation follows. First up, ensure you’ve had a good breakfast with a good balance of protein, good fats and complex carbs. You can read more on How to supercharge your breakfast by Healthy Food Guide.
Follow that up with a lunch that doesn’t put you into a food coma – that means avoiding refined carbs and lots of sugar. We love Nadia Lim’s recipes – they look spectacular, are spectacularly healthy, AND really are very simple to make!
Finally, choosing snacks (and snack times) to make sure when you actually get to the gym, you have the energy to take it on! This could be your afternoon latte, or with a little organisation on the weekend, you could prep a healthy snack to take with you. I keep mine simple, greek yoghurt, frozen berries and a teaspoon of chia seeds – tastes like a mid-afternoon dessert!
With your food sorted, it’s time to check the environment and your routine. Try a few of these out, and see what combination works for you!
Schedule your gym into your Outlook calendar – you’ll get a reminder ding, and it’s less likely you’ll have a meeting put in there!
Change into your exercise gear BEFORE you leave the office. You’ll have a visual reminder and feel more accountable to yourself.
Leave things at the office. Just go exercise. Eliminate the temptation to ‘not stop’ on your journey home, because you still have to get things from your office.
Get a buddy. It’s less likely you’ll bail if you’re meeting a friend.
Set the bar really low. Promise yourself 15 minutes. It’s better than nothing, and it’s highly likely you’ll end up staying once the endorphins kick in and you start feeling good. Or, just go HIIT mode, and get a full workout in just 15 minutes.
Each year Murray & Co in Christchurch puts on an annual exhibition of emerging artists from the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts.
This year the exhibition is being held at The Piano, the beautiful new centre for music and the arts in the centre of town. A private opening function will be held on the evening of 13 June, and then the public is welcome to view the works every lunchtime (12 noon-2pm) from 14 to 28 June at no charge.
All works are for sale, with the proceeds going directly to the artists. This is a great opportunity to view some stunning pieces while exploring hidden parts of this architectural gem, The Piano.
The SOAR advisory team is here to provide postgraduate students with confidential advice on research related queries. These peer advisors offer a broad range of skills in qualitative and quantitative research such as human ethics approval, report writing, statistical analysis (SPSS, Statistica, NVivo, etc.), conference presentation, publication, and much more.
They have some valuable tips ‘n’ tricks that they have learned on their doctoral journey (e.g., creating an online research profile, use of technology, etc.). They understand postgraduate issues and can help postgraduates get to know the range of resources available here at UC.
Peer support is an important factor in doctoral/masters success, so get in touch with the amazing team of SOAR (Peer) Advisors. Most of them are international doctorate students and are familiar with academic culture in your home country as well as New Zealand. They can help postgraduate adjust to the academic culture offered by UC and to life in Christchurch. Students can feel chat with them in English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Chinese, and Bengali.