College students are very busy. With their many commitments, it's hard to focus on health and well-being. Many ask, "How do you stay active and healthy with everything else going on?" Here are some tips to stay healthy and fit while you're in college.
Plan meals ahead of time: On nights that you aren't busy or before going to the grocery store, plan your meals. Decide what you want to eat for the next week or two and plan accordingly. Pack meals the night before, this will make it easier to grab it and go in the mornings. Buy healthy snacks to keep in your room and in your book bag or purse for when you are feeling hungry. Planning will keep you from grabbing fast food or something unhealthy out of a vending machine.
Schedule fitness as a priority: Write in your planner when you are going to work out, whether it will be an hour or just 20 minutes. This will hold you accountable daily to work out, and since you are scheduling it, it shouldn't interfere with other activities. Also most universities and schools have workout classes you can take for credit. Taking a class would give you a guaranteed time to work out throughout the week.
Get enough sleep: Sleep plays a vital role in your health and well-being. If you don't get enough sleep the night before, you are more likely to feel hungrier than you actually are. This leads to overeating and not having a balanced diet. Your immune system also relies on sleep to stay healthy. Without enough sleep, your immune system will weaken, causing you to become ill more often.
Carry water with you: Bring a water bottle with you to every class. Make it your goal to drink one full bottle per class and to eat foods that are rich in water. Water energizes muscles and keeps your skin looking young and fresh.
Evaluate activities to see if you need to cut back: Take a look at all the extra activities in which you are involved. If you are spending every night working on these activities to the point it is affecting your health, you should cut back. You don't have to be in every club and activity at once. You have four years of college to do so. Choose the clubs or activities that mean the most to you. If there are any that your heart isn't into, cut back.
Make it fun: Working out and staying healthy should be a fun activity, not a chore. Create a workout group among your friends and sisters. Plan to work out at a certain time every day with this group. It will keep you accountable for going as well as giving you a support system. You can also take fun workout classes. Working out doesn't have to be just running or biking, it can be Zumba, Turbo Kick or even yoga. As long as you are moving your body every day and enjoying it, you are on the right track.