By: Shelby Baker – Communications Intern
School is back in session and you have a million things on your plate already. With so much to do the last thing you’re thinking about is eating right and staying healthy. Here is a list of things you can do this semester to make sure you stay healthy after moving back into the dorms:
Exercise: Unless you are extremely into fitness, exercising can be a hassle. Some colleges offer fitness or yoga classes on campus for students to get involved. If you don’t have the motivation to hit the gym, try fitting some exercise classes into your daily routine. If doing Warrior I poses everyday aren’t really your thing, just add more walking to your routine. Take longer routes to your classes or walk downtown to get lunch instead of driving. Walking more or exercising can be beneficial to your mind and body and keeps your health in check for the semester.
Switch-up your snacks: Doing late night papers can lead to hardcore snacking. If your dorm room is full of chips, candy, cookies or other sugary snacks replace them with healthier options! Fruits and vegetables are always good alternatives if you have a case of the munchies. You can also add in snacks full of protein such as a hand full of almonds or a grape and cottage cheese combo. Switching sugary unhealthy snacks with healthier alternatives is a great way to stay healthy and give you the energy you need to write papers without the crash.
Hydrate: Although it seems like a silly thing to remind yourself, remember to drink lots of water. Besides keeping you hydrated, water improves your health. Drinking lots of water fights off headaches, helps to maintain a healthy weight and improves energy and the ability to focus. Stay on top of your coursework this semester by drinking more water and avoiding a ton of red bulls or other sugary drinks.
Sleep: Along with eating healthy and drinking water it is very important to get an adequate amount of sleep! Avoid pulling an all nighter to get that term paper in. Staying awake longer can affect your state of mind and make you crave those unhealthy snacks you just tossed. Getting more sleep has been known to improve health and attitude. Take time out during the day to work on your homework so you can focus more on the back of your eyelids during the night!
Spend You Time: Okay so you are a full time college student that exercises and sleeps often, leaving little to no time for anything else. Being dedicated to your college work is not a bad thing, just remember to take a break and spend some time on you! Go to a park and walk around, get a manicure or go to your favorite restaurant with friends. Doing whatever makes you feel normal is important to your body and mind.
College is supposed to be a fun time! Just make sure that you are staying healthy and taking care of yourself so you can enjoy the most of it! What kind of things do you do to stay healthy while hitting the books? Leave a comment and let us know!