5 Alternative New Year’s Resolutions

As we approach the start of a new year, we start reflecting on the year that’s passed (and what a year it’s been!) and how we might approach 2022. If typical resolutions aren’t for you this post might just be!

1) Start small – we mean really small.

We can put a lot of pressure on ourselves at the start of the New Year to make huge, life-altering changes which can cause us to feel disappointed if things don’t quite pan out. Small, realistic changes can make a surprisingly big difference to your everyday routine. Find a new route to uni, choose to walk instead of the bus, try a new coffee shop or brand of tea. Mixing it up will boost concentration, motivation and you know what the say; a change is as good as a rest (but also get some rest too..)

2) Try something new 

Throughout January you’ll have the opportunity to ‘Give it A Go’ and try and number of sport sessions for free! Use this opportunity to try out those things you just didn’t have the time for in September; meet new people, get moving and get involved with socials and events. Being a part of clubs/societies is also a great way to boost your CV and network – great if you’re starting to apply for graduate jobs.

Keep an eye out on University of Bristol Sport and Bristol SU socials to find out more about ‘Give it A Go’.

3) Keep up things that made you happy in 2021

You know that yoga class you started or the social sport session that you and your housemates went to on a Tuesday evening? Keep it up! It can be tempting to make drastic changes but it’s important to be mindful and aware of the things that already present that contribute to your wellbeing. Make a list of 5 things you are glad you started in 2021 and think about how you can continue them in the coming year.

4) Mix up your environments 

Mixing up your environment can be incredibly beneficial to your wellbeing. We aren’t talking about catching the next flight out of Bristol, it can be as simple as trying a new study space or finding somewhere new to exercise. Note down a few environment-swaps you could make and give them try, even if it’s just somewhere new for your morning flat white.

Looking for a new gym? Our Winter Warmer offer is now available and costs just £20 for 2 weeks of unlimited Swim, Gym and Classes. The last use date is 22nd of January, making it a perfect excuse to try out our facilities without the commitment. The even better bit is that if you choose to purchase a full membership after the two weeks, you’ll have no joining fee!

5) Seek new opportunities

Take some time over the Winter break to find out more about what your university can offer and make the most of the Spring term. Are you aware of all of the opportunities University of Bristol Sport provide students? If not, check out some down below.

  • B: Active – our student-supported, inclusive physical activity programme offering a range of classes and social sport sessions on campus from just £2 (or free with a #WeAreBristol membership!)
  • Women’s only and LGBTQ+ Swim/Gym sessions
  • 80+ weekly fitness sessions open to students, staff and the public
  • Opportunities to volunteer and receive subsidised training through Game Changers
  • Student staff opportunities – from hospitality to student sport activators

The University of Bristol Sport app is a great way to stay connected – just turn on notifications for updates, class spotlights and opportunities.

What are you looking forward to in 2022? Let us know down below or get in touch via Instagram @bristolunisport

Keep an eye out for our Winter Warmer offer starting 11 December which offers anytime access to the gym, swimming pool and classes for just £20 for two weeks! Available to buy online from 11 December. Last use date 22 January 2022. 







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