Lets be real here. None of us want to sit on a diet and exercise everyday. It takes up too much time and effort. And who doesn’t wanna just eat pizza and binge watch Netflix all day? Unfortunately, not taking care of your body leads to an insane about of health problems in your future. The time to start staying healthy is NOW!
Being healthy in college is incredibly hard and I’m the first one to admit it. My freshman year I did gain the freshman fifteen because I wasn’t aware of my eating habits. I was eating a lot of meals that were extremely caloric and I snacked late at night. I wasn’t paying attention to what I was eating. The following tips will be incredibly helpful to you. Follow them and you’ll stay healthy all year!
Staying Healthy-college edition
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Drink lots of water.
Get yourself a reusable water bottle and just keep refiling it up. I found this one for less than $6 NALGENE Tritan BPA-Free Water Bottle 24 Ounce. At my school, we have specialized purifying filters where you can get clean water. They’re also usually in very convenient locations. I have one of these refilling stations in my college dorm, so I tend to grab water before I run to class or the gym. You could also just keep lots of water bottles in your room and just remember to keep hydrated. Water is just so good for you, health wise and skin wise. Try to get six cups of water a day or more!!!
At the dining hall, you’ll be tempted to eat the cookies, brownies, ice cream, and cakes they put out. But DON’T. Instead, grab a fruit which is so much healthier and it really does taste good too. Plus, a nice, big apple usually can fill you up way more than a cookie ever could. Though both the cookie and the fruit have sugar, the fruit’s sugar is all natural. Ya can’t beat that my friend.
Eat smaller portions.
This is important if you decide to track your calorie intake. You may only be eating two times a day but if you’re eating two huge meals, that is not healthy by any means. It’s better to eat five-six small meals a day. You don’t need to fill yourself up to the point where your incredibly full with your stomach bulging out of your pants. You should only eat to satisfy yourself. Just remember that. Satisfy.
It’s as simple as that. Not only is it healthy but it’ll keep you energized for your morning classes and help you stay awake. I’ve noticed that when I eat a really good breakfast (eggs, grains, and fruit) I tend to stay full for a longer amount of time. When I don’t eat a good breakfast, I’m craving food within an hour. On a college schedule it’s difficult to keep going to the cafeteria to munch more. Eat a good, filling breakfast to avoid hunger.
Don’t snack late at night.
This is definitely a killer. You may have nights where you’re staying up late to work on a project, paper, or to study for a test. Naturally, you will get hungry. However, eating at late hours does not help your body stay healthy at all. Instead that food turns to fat, fast. It is best to stop eating after 6pm. I usually stop eating by 7pm since I’m in class late sometimes. If you can, try eating dinner by 6pm. I really suggest not snacking at night to prevent extra calorie intake.
Pulling all-nighters will not help you in the long run. You may have finished that five-page paper, but you won’t be able to function for your classes the next day. This is especially true if you have to present or work with fellow classmates on a project or assignment. Being awake and energized is an important and essential character trait of a college student. Thus, do your best to get about 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
These tips have been extremely helpful to me and I hope they help you as well. What are some ways you stay healthy while attending college?