What’s up peeps! How’s your day going so far? If you remember on Monday we chatted all about how to create and effective college schedule. Now, since it’s back to school you obviously need to keep organized… but that means keeping your health organized too. Going back to school is actually a great time for my health. Because for me, routine = healthy results. I know trying to stay healthy in college can be a struggle and a half. But today we’re chatting all about how to keep you motivated and keep you healthy. So let’s jump in!
How To Actually Stay Healthy In College
Let me just say that when I first went into College I was super unhealthy. I had just come off my gap year and I had just turned 18. There was a lot of pizza and a lot of vodka. And honestly while I have no regrets (except maybe my relationship choices) my body did take a toll. If we’re being honest here my body still is nowhere near exactly where I want to be, but I’m hoping this year will change a lot of things for me.
SO, without further ado. Let’s jump into our tips and tricks on staying healthy in college.
1. Get Your Butt Moving
Nothing is worse than complacency. And that applies to literally everything. Recently I’ve been hearing that sitting all day is now killing more people than cancer. Now my mom is a medical dosimitrist and works in cancer research but I haven’t actually verified that stat, so take it as you will. BUT the important thing to take away from that whole ramble is to GET YOUR BUTT MOVING. You seriously cannot expect good things to just happen out of nowhere. You’ve got to put the effort in as well.
My #1 recommendation when it comes to staying healthy in college is to check what sort of classes your college provides. For example, I take a 6:30am spin class every Tuesday and Thursday at my school. It’s free for students so I really have no excuse to go. There’s also tons of fun ones like Spin & Yoga, Ballet Barre, Cardio Box, and so much more. So check your schools resources! Some other easy ways to get your butt moving are:
- Walking to school
- Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Enrolling in a sports related option ( I took Yoga for my non business elective!)
- Walking outside rather than inside
- Joining a recreational dodgeball team (my school has SEVERAL)
- Hitting the gym with a friend
- Ridding your bike to school
All these things are totally fun options to keep your moving and grooving, and to also keep you from thinking of lame puns. amirite?
2. Make Better Food Choices
Girl I could preach this from the high heavens and sometimes (more than sometimes) I’m getting that caramel frapp whether I need it or not. (You never need it, just so you know.) Eating healthy is one of the MOST important things when you’re trying to stay healthy in college. Not even college, just life in general. And let me tell you, it’s the hardest part for me. I get ridiculously bored with food and really hate eating the same thing after the third day. As a result I waste a TON of food. It’s honestly so terrible and I’m trying to work on it.
And one way I’m starting to actually focus more on what I’m eating is switching to a food backpack. My boyfriend Eric bought one for my for my birthday and it’s one of the best gifts I have ever received. So now I get to carry all my healthy snack with me to school! Here are some extra tips to make sure you make better food choices to stay healthy in college:
- Drink water! DRINK WATER. You brain confuses hunger with thirst all the damn time, so drink your L’s to make sure you’re staying hydrated and not aimlessly snacking
- Pack your lunch
- If you have to buy from the cafeteria, make the wisest choice
- Steer clear of overly sugary drinks (ahem… Starbucks)
- Pack yourself some crystal light to go sticks
- Always have a snack bar with you… ALWAYS
These little things you could be doing every day can improve how your body feels almost instantly, so implement in your routine girlfriend!
3. Take A Breather
We all know college can be stressful, and that’s why sitting down and taking a break can actually help you stay healthy in college. I’m a chronic stresser. I stress over everything. And it’s totally not healthy. Intro “me time”. Me time can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people but it’s the key to success when you’re looking to stay healthy in college. My favourite thing to do when I’m feeling stressed out is dance. I dance twice a week for about three hours each day and it keeps me healthy but it also keeps me happy.
Another great thing I’ve recently just started using is Headspace. It’s a guided meditation app that Eric introduced me to. I’ve never really been big into meditation and the recent phase of crystals and spiritual healing has me a bit sceptical. However, meditation is something that does work for me. Every night before I go to sleep I’ll open my Headspace app and follow along. Instant relaxation? I think yes! Here are some other great ways to take a breather and stay healthy in college:
- Go for a walk in the park
- Get a massage (splurge once a month girlfriend, you’ll be happy you did!)
- See a movie
- Get a pedicure
- Have an Instagram worthy bath (and take an even better photo)
In all honestly, all of those things are something I would love to treat myself to once a month. Relaxation is just as much a key to stay healthy in college than eating the right foods in. Your body will thank you.
How To Actually Stay Healthy In College
And there you have it folks! My top tips to actually stay healthy in college. Remember that healthy looks different on everyone. Just because the girl next to you is a size 00 and you’re a size 10 does not mean that she’s more healthy than you are. I know being healthy during college is really a huge struggle but trust me when I say, when you focus on your health the wealth of your life becomes so much better.
That’s all for now! I hope you guys enjoyed learning all about how to actually stay healthy in college and you inspired by some of these tips! Don’t forget to download your FREE weekly grocery list and meal planner! Let me know in the comments your top tips on how to actually stay healthy in college, I’d love to hear them.