While at college, every student is usually desperately trying to fight off the notorious “freshman fifteen.” When you are constantly on the run, it is easy to get something quick to eat – whether it is healthy or not - just to save time. Time is always the predominant factor in the fight to stay healthy while at college. These are a couple tips to start living healthier while on campus this semester.
1. Eat breakfast
Often times, the most overlooked meal of the day is breakfast. When this meal is skipped it can be detrimental to your health overall. There's a reason it's called the most important meal of the day! Usually people think not eating helps them lose weight, but actually, when breakfast is skipped, it increases your risk for obesity. By eating a healthy breakfast, you not only fill your stomach, but also enhance your health and give your body fuel to power you through the day.
2. Pack snacks
It's always easier to grab something quick while on the go, but, often times, we choose unhealthy food in this situation. There are a number of quick, healthy snacks to choose from while out and about. All you have to do is buy them to prepare in advance, and have them with you for those busy days on the run. These snacks include peanuts, yogurt, all sorts of fruit, and granola bars, just to name a few. Plus, these foods take less time to prepare than grabbing something from McDonald’s or somewhere on campus, and you'll save money to boot!
3. Watch what you drink
Along with your choice of food, you also need to watch what you drink. I know that when studying for hours on end, we all grab that coffee or an energy drink to make it through. But those calories can add up, especially when all you're doing is sitting down for an extended period of time. If you can't quit unhealthy drinks like soda, coffee, and alcohol, at least try to balance it out with water to stay hydrated and energized.
4. Find a workout you enjoy
Most schools have a gym that's free to all students. Take advantage! Carve out a few hours a week to get moving after sitting in class all day. Not only does exercise help you get - and stay - in shape, but it can also improve your mood overall! If working out on your own is too boring, go for a run or do yoga with friends, or find a free exercise class on campus to go to. Find a workout you enjoy, and before you know it, it'll start feeling like less of a chore and more like something you actually look forward to doing.