When people think of college they think drinking, poor diet and lots of sleeping. College doesn’t have to be like this and is a personal choice you can make. It’s easy to get sidetracked by the party lifestyle and quickly let yourself go.

College is a wonderful time in your life where for the first time you are free of your parents and free to make your own choices. It’s also a time to learn some self-discipline. You can still enjoy the partying, drinking and late-night pizzas but this doesn’t mean you should sacrifice your health. It’s important to find balance.

Here are top 5 tips for staying healthy at college.

 

1. Sleep

Of course, you’re going to have late-night parties that run to the early hours of the morning but when you’re not partying you should be getting a solid 8 hours sleep. Students make the mistake of getting into the habit of partying every night of the week. This is a slippery slope to poor health and poor grades.

Work hard during the week, get your beauty sleep and save partying for the weekend.

2. Keep Active

College is one of the best places to get active. You can join a team in your favorite sport, become a regular at the gym or just do your own thing. Make regular exercise a part of your college life and watch how other aspects of your personal life improve too. Exercise build confidence, motivation, and discipline. All brilliant traits to hold as a young adult preparing for the real world.

3. Eat Well

Enjoy your late-night pizza and regular trips to the local fast food joint but ensure that the majority of your diet is healthy. Try to eat a whole foods diet that is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Eating a healthy diet can help you in so many positive ways including keeping focused and improving your memory so you can ace those exams.

When it comes to junk food, it’s important to not get trapped in a cycle of poor eating habits. The negative consequences can result in numerous health issues and poor work standards. Eat healthy and live strong.

4. Get Support

Colleges are well set up to help support you in any way they can. When it comes to your physical health you could get advice from a sports coach, ask them about eating plans, exercise routines and any other tips they may have for you.  If you suffer from any pre-existing issues such as a disability, autism, MS, anxiety or depression seek the help and support of your professional college health staff. They can really help support you throughout your time at college, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

5. Drink Water

You will be amazed at how many people fail to drink enough water on a daily basis. You need to drink at least 2-3 liters of water per day. That does not include coffee, red bull and certainly not beer. Drinking 2-3 liters of water a day keeps your body and brain fueled throughout the day. Never underestimate the importance of drinking water.

 

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