No matter which aspect of well-being you’re referencing, staying healthy in college can be extremely difficult. There are a lot of things to get in your way and a lot of limitations when it comes to staying as healthy as one might like. I am by no means a doctor or professional, but there are a few general tips I have accumulated in my journey to stay healthy in college:
1) Get enough sleep: This is most definitely the biggest aspect of health college students are slacking in, particularly freshman. We come into college unprepared for the workload (particularly here at Transy) and often times don’t have the time management skills it requires to get that eight hours every night. Lack of sleep catches up with you in just a few days and can really take a toll on your daily activities.
2) Exercise: Exercising is so important to staying healthy. Some students feel they don’t have time or maybe they’re embarrassed, but you don’t have to kill it in the gym every single day (although the Beck Center is great!). Taking a walk downtown, taking the stairs, beach volleyball in back circle – those are all fun, easy ways to stay active throughout the day.
3) Eat right: This is probably the one college students (including myself) have the most trouble with. There are always culinary incentives at school sponsored events because it draws students in, but it’s never healthy. Things like Easy Mac are inexpensive, easy to prepare, and quick for when you’re on the go. However, there are a few places and things that make eating healthier a little easier. The caf has a great salad bar! (Ask Jeff to put some chicken on it for you!) There are water fountains all over campus, making it easy to get your “eight glasses” in every day.