How to Stay Healthy in College

How to Stay Healthy in College

Frank the Tank

College is awesome.  It’s this unique time in your life where you get to experience living on your own for the first time and make friendships that last a lifetime.  But juggling classes, activities and a social life can sometimes mean exercise and veggies get put on the back burner.  Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of shots and 3 a.m.  milkshakes over the years!

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you cant have fun. Whether your a freshman moving into your first dorm (get excited!!!) or you’re a rising senior searching for a job (like me), these tips can help you stay fit while having the time of your life.

Take advantage of the gym

My friends and I at the Campus Rec Turkey Trot!

Most college gyms allow students free access to all exercise equipment, which is pretty clutch considering the average price of a gym membership is $55 A MONTH!  Trust me, take advantage of this luxury while you can.  Many colleges also offer an array of exercise classes like spinning and yoga.  A trip to the gym is my favorite way to relieve stress and is a great excuse for a study break!

Make the salad bar your best friend

Typical dining hall salad bar

Confession time: I’m a senior and still have a meal plan.  Yes, it’s true.  I just don’t have time want to cook or clean all those pots and pans.  Plus our dining facilities offer lots of healthy options.  If you’re not as lucky as I am, eating in the dining halls can be hard when endless amounts of pizza and cookies are calling your name.  However, most colleges have a salad bar available 24/7, so make it a habit to eat at least one a day.  Eat a giant salad with grilled chicken for lunch or as a side at dinner.

Bring snacks for long days

My favorite bars

Between classes, studying and other random shenanigans, there will be some days when you’re literally on campus for 12+ hours.  Make sure you bring along a couple of snacks for those hectic days.  The last thing you want is to not have time to eat and be starving by the time dinner rolls around, making it easier to binge on anything you can get your hands on.  I always like to pack a banana, bar or trail mix with me to eat in between classes.

Limit drinking to 2x a week

Friends & Champagne

In a perfect world, alcohol would be zero calories and chock full of vitamins and minerals.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.  Partying and socializing is part of what makes college fun, so it would be unrealistic (and boring) to stay sober just to be fit.  However, the freshman 15 mainly exists thanks to binge drinking.  Try and limit your alcohol intake to the weekends.  I like to go out on Thursdays and Saturdays so I have the rest of the week to study and catch up on sleep.  Trust me, your body will thank you for it!

Don’t stress out about it too much

While all these tips are very helpful, just remember that you’re at college to get a degree and explore your passions.  Gaining a few pounds wont define you as a person, so don’t restrict yourself so much that you miss out on some awesome experiences.  Sometimes we all need a little karaoke and late night pizza every once in a while.  You’re only in college for four years- take advantage of every second!

What are some of your tips for healthy living?

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