Trying to stay healthy while living on a college campus can be very difficult. There are so many unhealthy foods and desserts just waiting for you to select them every time you walk by. Then, of course, there is the notorious “Freshman 15.” Avoiding unhealthy foods is hard, because college dining halls are often times all-you-can-eat buffets. But there are ways to stop those cravings, and keep yourself healthy while in college:
Keep Healthy Snacks in Your Room
Replace snacks, like cookies and chips, with a healthier (but tasty) option, like granola bars, 100-calorie packs, or trail mix. Snacks like these are great for students on the go or for mid-day hunger. Also, make sure your fridge is filled with healthy items, like fruit and yogurt. Some people suggest following the 35-10-35 rule. This means that your snack should have no more than 35% calories from fat, 10% calories from saturated fat, and 35% calories from sugar.
Drinking water is very important for staying hydrated, and it doesn’t have any calories. You want to avoid sugary drinks, so keep mini waters in your fridge, and drink water with meals during the day so you will continue to feel great.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Yes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It helps you concentrate, and gives you energy. Some days, you will be rushing to class with no time to eat breakfast, so make sure you grab a healthy snack on your way out. If you know you have an exam the next day, get extra sleep, and wake up earlier to have breakfast before your exam.
Drink Less Alcohol
I’m not assuming that you drink alcohol on a daily basis, but lots of college students do. According to a study at Villanova University, 80 percent of college students drink alcohol. Consuming too much can cause damage to your liver, brain, and heart. It can also cause you to miss class, and have lower grades. Drink responsibly!
Exercise is also important when trying to stay healthy at college. You don’t even have to worry about going to the gym, because you can work out right in your dorm room. There are lots of YouTube videos that have great at-home workout routines. Walking or running around campus, or playing a sport, are also good ways to stay healthy after a long day of sitting in class.
Getting a good night’s rest is also important for your body’s health. Try to avoid pulling all-nighters. Regular sleep can help you become more alert during the day, and will help you stay energized.
Pay Attention to Personal Hygiene
There are so many gross things on college campuses. You have to be careful of everything to keep yourself healthy. Keep your hands out of your mouth and face; wash your hands every chance you get, don’t leave your toothbrush or wash cloth on the counter, wear shower shoes, don’t walk around barefoot, don’t share personal items, keep your dorm room clean, and always carry hand-sanitizer.