A Healthy Perspective

Here we stand at the beginning of the fall semester. Just as we set goals at the start of a new year, we now have an excellent opportunity to set ourselves up for success in the goals we set for ourselves on campus.

Not only can setting goals for nutrition and fitness aid our physical health, the incorporation of healthy habits can provide us with greater mental acuity, reduce stress and increase our energy levels: all things that can help us live happier lives and aid academic success.

However, living a healthy life as a college student brings a unique set of challenges. We are constantly on the go—to class, to the library, to work—this means that often the foods that we eat are consumed thoughtlessly and our fitness regimens might fall to the wayside.

In the pursuit of a healthy life, thoughtfulness and planning become necessities. Knowing what healthy food options are available on campus, and understanding the way the foods you eat and how your activity level affects your body is key.

Some simple tips to help you engage in healthy living this semester include:

• Prepare healthy snacks over the weekend, that way they are ready to grab and go when life becomes chaotic. Hard boiled eggs, cheese sticks, fresh fruits and vegetables are great options for easy snacking.

• Journal your food and exercise. In today’s amazing technological world, we have the benefit of apps that allow us to quickly track our nutritional intake throughout the day. By tracking the foods we eat and the way we move our bodies, we can prevent thoughtless eating and increase the time we spend in motion.

• Drink water. One of the best things you can do for yourself is hydrate. When we are dehydrated, we tend to overeat more frequently. Being hydrated improves energy levels. Drinking water helps flush out the toxins that we take into our bodies throughout the day. If you find that drinking plain water is boring, try adding fruit. This can improve flavor and increase detoxification benefits.

• Add your workouts to your weekly schedule and treat them like an appointment.

• Find a form of fitness that you love. There are so many options available: yoga, running, biking, HIIT (high intensity interval training), team sports- the list goes on. If you do what you love, you are far more likely to make it a continuous part of your life.

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