College is a very stressful time in a lot of people’s lives. It is the first time you are on your own away from your parents, for most people. In high school, staying fit and healthy was easy with practice every day after school and mom’s home cooked meals. College is different. You decide if you want to eat healthy and you decide when or if you are going to work out.
Here are some quick and simple tips to maintain a healthy living style
- Establish a routine. The routine doesn’t have to be daily, but rather weekly depending on when your classes are. I try to go to the gym the same time every Monday, Tuesday, etc. The times might vary per day, but as long I stick to the schedule I am more motivated to go.
- Buddy System. It’s always easier to go to the gym if you have a buddy to go with. It is also the best way to motivate yourself and your buddy to get up and
- Water. Let water be your best friend in college. It is very important to stay hydrated throughout the week so you don’t die on the weekend. Its recommended that women drink 11 cups and 15 cups for men. Basically if you aren’t going to the bathroom every hour, you’re not drinking enough water.
- Grilled Chicken & Salmon. Stick to them. It’s hard especially when you have to eat in the dinning hall every day or the sorority / fraternity house. Head home and grill them up before hand and put in storage containers to warm up when you’re back in your dorm or sorority house.
- Oatmeal. Oatmeal, peanut butter, honey and cut up apples. You will get
addicted. I have eaten this for lunch and dinner before.
- Squats & lunges. Do 25 squats, 25 lunges four times a day. You’d be surprised how sore your legs are the next day! !
- Planks & Crunches. 3 30 second planks, 3 sets of 30 crunches. You got this!
- Drinking. Try your hardest to limit your drinking to one or two nights a week. That doesn’t sound like much fun, but trust me, you gain your freshman 15 by drinking and consuming drunk food. You will feel so much more productive and healthy if you limit the drinking!
- Sleep. You need it. “Study more than you party. Sleep more than you study. Party as much as possible.”