Everyone’s heard of the freshman 15 – where you’re so busy having fun and getting to class that you began to neglect your good eating habits and perhaps don’t make enough time to exercise. This can lead to weight gain or loss, which will result in your being susceptible to sickness and potential health issues later in life. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy in college.
While grabbing sandwich or burger on your way to and from classes sounds easy and convenient, you need to make sure that you eat enough fruits and vegetables while at college. Consider signing up for a meal plan that will ensure that you get plenty of good, hot food on a regular basis. If a meal plan is beyond your budget, consider picking up a few fruits at your local grocery store – an apple a day may actually help keep the doctor away. An easy way to get plenty of fruits and vegetables is to dice up some carrots, cucumbers, apples or pears and have them handy to snack on. The next time you feel like a snack reach for a carrot stick instead of a candy bar! Another important thing to remember is to make sure you have breakfast. While skipping breakfast seems convenient, especially if you sleep in or have to pull an all-nighter, even a simple breakfast of a fried egg and toast, or a bowl of muesli or granola can keep you fuelled up for the day, will give you a boost of energy in the morning and will also, as an added benefit, boost your metabolism!
Get Some Exercise
What with running to class, studying and socialising with friends, getting in some daily exercise could seem like a daunting task. Check on whether your campus or local gym offers outdoor personal training sessions.
Outdoor personal training sessions will have you staying fit and getting plenty of exercise on a regular benefit. Your trainer will help you keep track of your progress and will help you stay motivated. You will also find that spending an hour or two outdoors will help you feel fresh and energised, which will not only help you stay healthy but could also help increase your concentration!
Take Your Vitamins
While eating healthy and getting in regular exercise will help you stay fit, which in turn will make you stronger, allowing you to fight off any illnesses, you also need to make sure that you take your vitamins! They’ll give you that little bit of additional protection and will help keep colds and coughs at bay!