5 Ways to Stay Healthy in College

College is an exciting time for students everywhere, because it is a major milestone and a time of many life changes. Many of those changes can be in diet and lifestyle, which often leads to health concerns. The Freshman 15 draws its name from the weight gain that is so common among new college students, and that’s not the worst that could happen. Staying healthy in college can be difficult, but these 5 healthy lifestyle choices can make it easier.

  1. Join a Team
    Even if you’re not the most athletic student on campus, joining a team or club can be a great way to stay healthy during your college years. There are plenty of extracurricular activities to suit anyone. Whether you’re in the competitive spirit, or you’re just looking for some friendly sporting activity, look for a team or club that suits your interests. From football to jogging, from cycling to rock climbing, there’s sure to be a campus club for you.
  2. Ride to Class
    Most people today just don’t get enough exercise. Sedentary lifestyles combined with poor eating habits lead to masses of unhealthy individuals, and those habits become increasingly difficult to break with age. Squeeze some regular exercise into your day by commuting to class via bicycle, rather than car or subway. You’ll save lots of money over time, and the physical activity will help keep your body in good shape. You might even make some new friends on your daily commute.
  3. Become a Chef
    College courses can teach you how to write, how to solve complex equations, even how to program a computer, but most degree programs will never teach you this most basic life skill–how to cook. Unless you’re in a culinary program, you could very well be clueless in the kitchen. This is an unfortunate side-effect of modern living that cultivates a diet of fast food and prepared meals. Take the time to learn how to cook your own meals. This is a great way to save a lot of money on eating out, and keep a close eye on your health at the same time.
  4. Use the Gym
    If your college has a gym or other fitness facilities, then you probably have unlimited access to them as a tuition-paying student. Take advantage of this great opportunity–some people spend a small fortune on gym memberships. You could go to the pool and do laps, hit the treadmills, or take your workout to the weight room. There’s no reason not to use the gym while you’re in college. Remember, you’re paying for it whether you use it or not.
  5. Skip the All-Nighters
    FromĀ Ohio University to UCLA, students all over the country are still cramming for exams and pulling all-nighters during mid-terms and finals week. Some consider it a rite of passage in college life, but staying up all night like this is very bad for your health. You won’t retain information as well, you’ll need to consume lots of caffeine to stay awake, and you’ll wear out both your mind and your body. Prepare for your exams and due dates in advance so that you can skip the all-nighters and be a healthier, happier student.

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