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Stay Healthy This School Year (Really)

September 11th, 2008 admin

You’ve heard of the freshman fifteen-that pesky extra 15lbs that lots of students put on in the first year of college-but there are way more health issues than that for college students.  Here’s how to keep yourself fit, even with limited time, space, and funds.

The Freshman 15 is Not a Goal-or a Curse

Translation? You still have to eat right, even if Mom isn’t hovering over your dinner plate. As I’ve mentioned before, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s every night isn’t the key to good health.

So what should you be eating?  The simple answer is to shoot for moderation in all things.  Try to eat the right amount of servings for each food group (remember the food pyramid from 5th grade?), but don’t go overboard with one (too much of a good thing-even too many veggies or too much meat can be too much for your body!)

Even if you do end up putting on (or dropping) a little weight accidentally, don’t feel like you’re doomed!  Switching to a healthier diet and adding some exercise can help you wear away those pounds.

For more info, check out these college eating resources:

Exercise (Even in a Small Space)

Most college campuses offer free use of their gym and sports facilities to students, so you should definitely take advantage of all the great stuff there.  But if you find yourself feeling to sluggish to go outdoors (or there’s just too much snow to bother jogging), here are a list of dorm room workouts you can do in that 8×8 floor space you call home:

Want to know the easiest way to get exercise without noticing?  Walk to class instead of taking a shuttle. It really makes a difference.

Prevent Brain Drain

The pressure and competition of college courses, coupled with homesickness and increased personal responsibilities can be hard on you-it wears you down, tires you out, and sometimes overwhelms you.  To help keep your mental and emotional health strong, I recommend that you:

  • Eat well & exercise (see above)
  • Get enough sleep
  • Learn how to relax & fall asleep when you’re stressed
  • Stay away from depressants like alcohol, especially if you’re already feeling down
  • Make use of free counseling services on campus (academic and psychological)
  • Attend support groups (many campuses have them for free!)
  • Strike a balance between work and play
  • Make at least a rough schedule and stick to it
  • Keep within your budget
  • Know when to quit

photo: Fruit Bowl by woodsy

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lydia  |  September 11th, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    I think its important to not only eat right, but exercise too.

    My favourite exercises i do in my room (if i’m short of time or haven’t got a chance to use the gym):

    Push-ups (on the knee)
    Bicep curls and shoulder presses (got dumbells in my room)
    Lunges and squats
    Tricep dips

    *Definitely looking for a resistance band to add more exercises to my routine*

    Cardio wise i do spin classes up to 3-4 times a week!! (i’m actually am quite addicted to these classes 😀 ) Other than that, ill either jog and do jump rope in one session.

  • 2. 9.11.08 Featured blogs of&hellip  |  September 11th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

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  • 3. Hardgainer  |  October 18th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you for the information. You have a clean and beautiful site by the way.

    Again, if we’re talking about being healthy I also want to point out the importance of eating 6 meals a day instead of 3 big meals. If you eat 6 meals a day you will likely eat healthier and you’ll have more time throughout the day to burn off the calories than if you had just eaten 2 or 3 larger meals.

    Anyway, keep up the great blog.

    God Bless,
    Taylor Thompson

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