College is an important time in anyones life.
Not only because it’s when we prepare for our careers, but it’s also the time we pick up habits that we keep for the rest of our lives, good or bad.
I want to help you create healthy habits NOW so you can have a healthy and long life.
Plus if you implement some of these habits you might:
- Lose some pounds
- Have better hair, skin, and nails
- Find new hobbies you enjoy
- Perform better in school and work
Or you can continue to eat out every night, neglect exercise and go to bed at 3 in the morning and be miserable. Ok that might be an exaggeration, but cmon guys. Take care of yourselves!
Take it from a happy girl who’s graduated and is grateful she spent some time building these habits.
How To Be A Healthy College Student
1. Eat nutritiously.
Eating healthy in college can be very difficult but it is possible, even with a tight budget. Plan out your meals and have a meal prep day where you cook most of your meals for the week and save them in the fridge. You’ll have nutritious ready to go meals all week! Here are some additional suggestions:
- Include lean proteins at every meal
- Include veggies in at least two of your meals
- Snack on fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds
- Limit eating out frequently
- Avoid alcohol, coffee, and drugs (duh)
- Avoid sugary processed foods and trans fat (hydrogenated oils)
- Drink water and stay hydrated
2. Get some Sleep.
College is notorious for late nights whether you are studying all night or partying all night (or maybe both who knows). Your body NEEDS sleep to repair itself so don’t make your motto, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Aim for 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night. You’ll have more energy, perform better in school, feel better, look better, think better, and most importantly have better health!
*falling asleep in class*
3. Make time to exercise.
Getting some exercise everyday will not only help you physically but also academically.
Regular exercise has been shown to assist with memory, retaining information, and overall brain function. Basically, taking a long walk, lifting some weights, or playing some basketball makes you smarter. If that’s not a compelling reason then here are some other reasons why you should MAKE time to exercise:
- Improves body composition
- Increases energy
- Healthier heart and lungs
- Decreases stress, depression, and anxiety
- It’s fun, yes FUN. (see this post)
*I want this dog*
4. Avoid toxic people.
Sounds harsh, but in college you meet TONS of people, some of whom will be better for your health than others. Life is hard enough without having to deal with negative people and unnecessary drama. Find positive and uplifting people to surround yourself with. Find friends and relationships that aid in your own personal growth and happiness. Be kind and courteous to everyone but choose your friends wisely.
*awwwweee warm fuzzies*
Don’t forget to have FUN.
Wholesome recreation is part of being well. Don’t get so caught up in deadlines and essays that you forget to do things that make you HAPPY. Life is about finding balance between work and play. So work hard, so you can play harder. Memories are priceless.
*Vader approves of recreation*