Top 10 Ways to Stay Healthy in College

College can be one of the greatest years of your life. 

You get to meet the greatest people you’ll ever meet and you get to attend the best parties – or meet the greatest people you’ll ever meet at the best parties. 

But College is more than just the parties and the people you meet. It’s the time when you get to discover yourself and start making adult decisions. 

And now that mom and dad aren’t here to tell you to eat your vegetables and to put on some sunscreen every time you go out, that doesn’t mean you should live an unhealthy life. 

So if you haven’t started living a healthy life yet, here’s a good start. 

1. Eat well

Even with your busy schedule, make sure you keep a healthy diet.

If you’re always on the go, then eating healthy is definitely a must. Don’t rely on junk food because they’re not good for you.

Always remember to eat breakfast. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s what gives you the energy to keep you going for the rest of the day. 

Even millionaires start their day with a healthy breakfast, what’s your excuse? 

For your afternoon snack, some pre-cut fruits, vegetables, or a trail mix are always a good choice. 

2. Exercise

No matter how busy you are, always make time to stay fit.

What’s an hour out of your day to go to the gym? If you really can’t spare an hour to exercise, you can jog or power walk to class.

a running young man

3. Sleep

Never deprive yourself of sleep. Pulling an all-nighter to cram for an exam won’t do you good (and will not help you absorb what you have studied.)

Sleep deprivation can cause reduced brain function and fatigue, so make sure you get at least seven to nine hours of sleep daily.

To get enough sleep, make sure you also avoid caffeine or eating and drinking just right before bedtime.

a lady sleeping in bed

4. Keep your hands sanitized

Being surrounded by so many people every day can make you prone to catching different kinds of viruses.

Make sure to wash your hands before meals. You can also apply hand sanitizer or alcohol before you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.

hand washing in the kitchen faucet

5. Avoid smoking

Smoking can put you at risk of lung ailments such as cancer, emphysema, or heart disease. 

It causes 84% of deaths brought about by lung cancer. 83% is from pulmonary diseases.

It’s not just smoking cigarettes but vaping, too. 

a plastic bag with "smoking kills - quit now" label  along with the cigarette and a lighter on the left side

6. Avoid sugary drinks

College students always run to sugary drinks like beverages with caffeine and energy drinks when they want to stay up all night studying.

But even if they taste good, these drinks aren’t the healthiest. 

If you’re looking for an energy booster, eat food that’s high in protein or fiber.

And if you can’t help but crave for a Red Bull, there’s always a healthier alternative. 

7. Make sure to get your flu shot

Getting your annual flu vaccinations will reduce the risk of getting the flu and getting hospitalized because of illnesses. 

Flu shots will help boost your immune system to produce antibodies and fight off the flu.

an arm being injected by a doctor

8. Drink lots of water

Even in the middle of your busy schedule, you should never forget to stay hydrated.

Always bring a water bottle or a tumbler filled with water and always stay hydrated. Other than helping you in your concentration, it keeps your body from overheating. 

Water can also give you the energy you need for the entire day. 

a black guy drinking water outside

9. Take time to rest

To stay healthy, don’t forget to take a break.

Your mind also needs a breather from the stress of school. So, in the middle of doing school work, you can always give yourself a 30-minute break. 

You can go out for a little snack, take a nap, or even listen to music.

Giving your mind this time will help concentrate once you get back to where you left off. 

10. Protect your skin from the heat of the sun

One way of staying healthy is also making sure to protect your skin.

Since you are exposed to the sun’s heat every day, make sure to wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn and skin damage.

And of course to maintain a healthy college life, never forget to keep the positivity and stay happy.

a towel, sun screen lotion and a pair of glasses lying on the sand

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