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3 Easy Ways to Get Healthy This School Year

October 18th, 2010 admin

Ready to get healthy? These three easy tips will get you started!

Rest Up

Managing your own sleep is one of the hardest things about moving away from home. Most of us either get too little (staying up way late and then having to crawl out of bed for class) or too much (sleeping in past noon on the weekends… or weekdays?!). But the key to a strong immune system and a healthy amount of energy is simply to get the right amount of shut-eye.

On average teens need 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep–some need a little less than that. If you’re not hitting your magical number of sleep hours, you could have trouble getting up, fall asleep in class, feel low-energy, and even show signs of depression. So get to bed a little earlier–or schedule your classes to start a little later–but do whatever it takes to get your body the rest it needs.

ReFRESH Your Diet

Sorry, that was cheesy. But once you’re done rolling your eyes at me, start thinking about how you can get more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet. Varying your produce can actually be a really easy way not only to keep your calorie intake low but also to help ensure you’re getting the variety of vitamins and nutrients your body needs to keep up with late night study sessions. (Sites like Fruit and Veggie Guru can tell you how to vary your fruits and veggies by color for optimal healthiness.)

Think you can’t eat fresh at the caf? Try mixing up lunchtime by hitting the salad bar, grabbing a piece of fruit with your cereal, or adding veggies like lettuce, onions, olives, or tomato to your deli sandwiches.

Make a Bet

I’m not going to lie–I am not the biggest fan of exercising: it’s tough, it takes time, it can get really boring, and it usually hurts!

While I’ve tried to get myself motivated on my own, I usually find my workout days dwindling within a few weeks. And that was when my sweetie suggested we make a bet–a nice cash prize for whoever could work out 6 days a week the longest. We’ve made it almost a month, and I’m doing better than I’ve ever done.

You probably don’t want to shell out your hard earned cash, but getting a friend or two involved in your workout–and maybe betting a chore or a dining-hall-cash meal to sweeten the deal–can have a huge influence on your motivation for exercise! Plus working out with someone else is much more fun–you might not even notice that you’re “feeling the burn.” 😉

Want to learn more about health at school? Check out this article (with tons of link love to helpful sites) about how to (really) stay healthy in college.

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  • 1. Josh  |  October 19th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    One thing that really helps is eating healthy foods that feel heavy and make you feel full. For example, carrot sticks, peanuts, turkey, etc. These are foods that are relatively healthy and are not overly-caloric, and yet they stave off hunger. By contrast, starches such as rice, potato chips, and French fries are high in calories, but do not lead to a feeling of fullness. The consequences are devastating.

  • 2. Best of the Blog World: W&hellip  |  October 24th, 2010 at 4:02 am

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  • 3. Nick  |  May 13th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I am a cyclist at IU and we train year round, so being healthy and eating right are a really big thing for myself and the other members of my team. We always make sure to have a lot of protein and fiber in our diet. The protein is both a nutrient to help us recover and rebuild/ gain muscle the main purpose of fiber is to control appetite and help regulate your digestive system. Although we live in a fraternity house, we always try to eat greens and salads when we have a chance, especially carrots, any diet that is colorful most likely is very nutritious for you. Also lots of water is very important! since our body is mostly composed of water, it is very important to stay hydrate and always be consuming water. Being properly hydrated also helps your body digest food and transport nutrients through out your body.

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