Tips for Staying Healthy in College

Hi! Hello! How are you? It’s been OVER TWO MONTHS since I’ve last written! How sad is that?! But, have no fear because I’m back!

Getting healthy and staying healthy can be a bit difficult, especially if you’re on a college campus. Dining hall food is easily accessible and not always the healthiest, and making time to workout can add extra stress to your already busy schedule. But, here are some tips to help!

1. Always carry a water bottle

Staying hydrated and drinking water instead of super sugary drinks like juice or soda is, obviously, really good for you. Always having water on you is also just a constant reminder to stay hydrated!

2. Walk places

If you have a car on campus, driving somewhere may be easier. But, by walking more often you’ll get little bits of activity in between sitting in class for long periods of time.

3. Take only what you can carry in one go at the dining hall

If you can only hold one plate and a cup when walking to a table in your dining hall, only eat that! Having the ability to eat as much as you want while there can be very tempting, but limiting yourself to what you can carry once will make staying healthy and not eating too much a lot easier.

4. Don’t skip breakfast

We’ve all heard it since we were kids: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, it’s true! Even if you have an early class, try to eat something, whether it be a granola bar or some dry cereal. Skipping breakfast will (obviously) lead to you being hungrier later on, which then can lead to overeating.

5. Understand the reality of alcoholic drinks

As much as you may not want to believe it, alcohol has a pretty large amount of calories. One can of beer has around 150 calories in it. That’s a lot. Now, I’m not saying to give up drinking altogether. If that is your type of social scene then that won’t work for you. Instead, on days you know you’ll be going our try to eat healthier meals or put in some extra time at the gym to balance it out.

6. Find a workout buddy

Working out alone can suck. But, with a friend, it sucks a lot less. You have someone to motivate you, to chat with, to make sure you aren’t slacking off and skipping planned workout days!

7. Eat your salad first

If you’re eating something not so healthy, try to get a salad to accompany it. If you do, make sure to eat the salad first. It will fill you up, meaning you won’t be as prone to eating too much of the bad stuff.

8. Don’t give up all bad foods right away

Deciding one day “I’m never going to eat junk food again” sounds great, right? But let’s be real. It takes someone with SUPER good willpower to do that. Instead, slowly stop eating bad foods if you want to eliminate them completely. If not, just eat foods like those in moderation, and fuel your body with more good than bad!

9. Sleep!

It can be pretty easy to slip into the habit of not sleeping much while at school. But, if you really want to live a healthy lifestyle (even healthy in the sense of not getting sick!) sleep is super important! The U.S. National Institutes of Health say that adults (ages 18-64) need 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

10. Try a fitness tracker

Seeing how much or how little you move throughout the day could really be an eye opener for you and could motivate you to work towards a more active lifestyle! Personally, I have the Fitbit Charge 2 and I love it! Seeing days where I’m moving less or moving more has been really beneficial for me because it motivates me to work harder the next day to be more or just as active! Mine also tracks my sleep which is super helpful to make sure I’m getting enough each night!

Using some or all of these tips will help you feel healthy and energized while at school, or anywhere you may be! Personal health and wellness are really important, especially at this age so while doing well in school is important, taking care of yourself is just as if not more important!

Have other tips to stay healthy? Let me know!

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