Health of a College Student

College is the point in our lives where we spend 4 years to get a degree. As we spend each day getting closer to graduation, there are some things we may forget or not have enough time to dedicate to: our health.

We often rush to our classes, and have no time for breakfast so we opt for coffee and a pastry. Though this settles the hunger craving for a bit, it benefits little for your overall health. College students tend to spend less time on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and more time doing homework. Don’t get me wrong, it is great to do your homework! It is just as important as being healthy.

There are several ways you can balance homework and a healthy lifestyle, and it doesn’t have to be entirely time consuming. Instead of staying up late at night, try to go to bed at a reasonable hour. This way, you will be able to wake up sooner and have a well-balanced breakfast.

Another way you can eat healthy is by preparing healthy meals in advance. Though this may take significantly more time to prepare, it allows you to have your meals ready. If you have a day of the week that you have some free time, you can prepare healthy meals to eat throughout the week – this includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is getting proper exercise. It is recommended that we exercise at least 30 minutes a day. This doesn’t have to be consecutive, it can be broken down into smaller bits. Some ways you can “naturally” exercise is by changing some things in your daily routine. For example, instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs. You might not realize, but doing this consistently is beneficial to your health.

If you’re at home studying, take a 5-15 minute break every 45 minutes or so. During this break, do some push-ups, stretches, planks or other exercises that can be done at the drop of a hat. You can also walk on a treadmill while reading through your textbooks.

So let’s review – here are some things you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle while balancing college life:

  • Go to sleep at reasonable hours to have a proper breakfast the next morning
  • Prepare healthy meals ahead of time
  • Skip the elevator and take the stairs
  • During study breaks, do some quick exercises

The good thing about being a USG student, is that you have free access to the USG Rec Center. The Rec Center is a good place to exercise for a bit. They have different types of equipment for different exercises. The Rec Center also hosts different events during the semester. On Wednesday, September 27th, the Rec Center held a soccer tournament at the soccer field (behind the construction of building 4). The Rec Center is currently hosting an 8-Week Steps Challenge, that started September 25th, and is running until November 13.  The goal of the step challenge is to record your daily steps during those 8 weeks. Once the challenge is over, the challengers with the most steps win prizes. That is really cool!

8 Week Steps Challenge 2017

The Rec Center is a great source for getting proper exercise without the hassle of a gym membership. Hopefully you guys can find time to exercise and make use of the Rec Center!

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