Sometimes, amid studying, homework, meetings, classes and maintenance of a normal social life, students in college find it hard to get time to maintain their health. Many students do not think that developing healthy habits is important while still in college. If developed while in college, however, good health habits make it easier to maintain health standards later in life. This article attempts to describe how you can stay healthy in college to promote good health later in life.
A healthy diet helps you develop strong immune systems, maintain your weight, and to maintain your health. It may be difficult for you to find the right diet while in college as food choices are limited to the cafeteria and fast food eateries. To make sure that you eat a healthy diet, first ensure that you never miss breakfast. With classes starting as early as 8am, it may not be easy to find time to take a heavy breakfast.
Taking something like a banana or two, is of great value. Not only does it give you nutrients, but also it provides satiety which will prevent you from overeating later in the day. Also ensure that you take lunch and supper and try to keep a good balance of whole grains, vegetables, protein, dairy, fruits and vegetables.
Inasmuch as school work may force you to stay up till late into the night, ensure that this does not become a habit. If you do not have enough sleep, you may experience headaches, fatigue, weight loss or gain, and brain dysfunction. At the age of a typical college student, you need seven to nine hours of sleep to keep you healthy.
Small Work Out
If it is very difficult for you to find time for exercise, walking to class is the best option for you. Always find time, even if it is 20 minutes, to attend fitness programs. Exercises ensure that you have proper blood circulation for proper functioning and development.
Learn To Avoid And/Or Manage The Stressors Of College Life
College life, wonderful and exciting as it is, has numerous stress-inducing aspects. There are not only the expected academic hurdles to clear, but relationships, and the business of figuring out God’s plan for your life as well. In addition to those unavoidable stressors, we manage to create many of our own stressors, and those are the ones we need to work on avoiding. Those stressors inherent to the college experience, we need to learn to manage. Over time, stress that we don’t manage well produces fatigue, lowers resistance, and results in a host of signs and symptoms that signal an undermining of health and vitality. So how can a college student avoid or manage stress? Here are some suggestions that we know work.
Drink Lots Of Water
Water is a good medicine. It dilutes the toxic chemicals in your blood and hence reducing their bad effects. It also ensures that the blood is dilute enough for minerals and other nutrients can dissolve in it for efficient transportation. Water provides great satiety and taking lots of it prevents you from overeating. Therefore, take as much water as you can. Always carry a bottle of water instead of a bottle of soda.
Avoid Sugary Foods
Sugary foods may be good source of energy for study, but they have long term harmful effects. They are known to cause colon cancers as well as tooth disorders.
College life may be very hectic. It may be difficult for one to find time to maintain their health. It is important that you always have your health in mind in whatever you do. Simple things like taking water instead of soda, walking to class, relaxing are some of the things that can impact positively on your life.
Relieving stress and achieving a calm and healthy lifestyle are possible only if one consciously chooses to shift perspectives and change pace. So, keep that EU medical card out of sight. A healthy life is just around the corner. Getting there, however, is a person’s choice to make.