Tips to stay healthy in College: It can be tough staying healthy as a student right? As a student, especially in pharmacy school, I remember having poor eating habits. The time crunch between getting a healthy meal and studying was always a battle. I often found myself snacking on random unhealthy things and fruits once in a while. I used to workout frequently, but my eating habits were sub-par. Several people tend to put on the famous Freshman 15 pounds lol, i know i did. When you have assignments due, exams, projects, group work, all-nighters and so many things grabbing your time and attention it can be hard trying to be conscious of what you eat or get some workout in. Here are a few tips you can employ for a healthy lifestyle/ healthy living tips for college students.
11 Tips to stay healthy in College
You probably do not have time to dedicate to going to the gym, spending an hour and driving back to class right? You can workout outside of the gym, anywhere really. Find what works for you, get creative. You can dance, run, swim, do some jump rope or workouts that do not require equipment. Planning your gym bag would also help save some time and get you motivated.
When stressed out especially during exams, you tend to eat emotionally, before grabbing that food to eat, ask yourself what could be causing you to crave it. Are you stressed, tired, frustrated? There may be other ways to deal with it, like taking a nap, going for a quick walk, talking to a friend. Try something else before grabbing food. Here is a post about how to avoid late night snacking.
This is important, without sleep, you get stressed out causing your body to release cortisol hormone which makes you want to just keep eating. As students, you tend to pull all-nighters cause of projects or various things that are due. But sleep is just as important, without sleep, your brain isn’t as alert as it should be and your metabolism slows down which then leads to weight gaining underperformance.
Having snacks like fruits, almonds etc handy is a great idea especially when you do not have time to sit down for 3 meals a day. You can break your meals up into smaller more frequent meals throughout the day. Pack snacks you can pull out and eat while in class or on the go. This also prevents you from stopping at fast food restaurants and making poor choices.
Walk around more, take the stairs rather than the elevator, park further away from class, find little ways you can increase your activity level throughout the day.
Plan your day
Make a plan and try to stick to it. If you prioritize your day, you can find some time to squeeze in some minor meal planning and some workouts throughout the day but if you do not plan for it, the chances of them happening are next to none. By having a plan, you are also less stressed throughout the day and can perform better on exams and assignments. I love my planner from the Happy planner collection, they also have some for meal planning.
Drink water and stay hydrated throughout the day. Sometimes cravings are due to being thirsty. Water can also help boost your concentration. Try to get in about 2liters of water daily. Take water bottles around with you to remind yourself. You can even set reminders on your phone to drink water.
Avoid, sugary things and processed foods, try to get in natural things, high protein meals and fiber to feel fuller longer. There are several sneaky ways you might be harming your nutrition with so called healthy foods. Check out this post for some foods that claim to be healthy but are not. Include fruits and vegetables in your daily meal planning. Pay attention to what you are eating and make smart choices. Meal prepping is a great way to help you eat right and stay healthy while in college.
Ask for help
Always ask for help from others when you cannot do things alone, sometimes just talking to someone else can be of tremendous help.
Most importantly, commit your ways to God, he created you and knows you inside out, talk with him daily and let him plan your day and guide you.
Pay attention to warning signs of illness, if you feel tired or overwhelmed, do not ignore the signs, sometimes paying attention and working on treating yourself fast can prevent more problems or complications down the road.
These are just a few tips for college students to stay healthy.