Developing Healthy Habits

Developing Healthy Habits
Developing Healthy Habits
For many college students, choosing to eat healthy food, find time to work out and generally take care of their bodies isn’t top priority. While younger bodies are certainly more equipped to handle more abuse than older ones, college is the perfect time to start developing healthy habits that will last a lifetime. As the first time many young people are out on their own, many are unsure how to cook healthy foods and adjust their schedules to make time for workouts. Fortunately, getting healthy can be easier than many students think.

If you’re a student, you’ve likely heard of the dreaded “freshman 15.” This weight gain results from students making poor nutritional choices and not engaging in the same level of physical activity they had been in high school. Fifteen pounds may not seem like a lot, but for some it can be hard to take off those extra pounds, pounds which could lead to lowered self-esteem and health problems. Even worse, the lifestyle choices that lead to the freshman fifteen could be hard to break, as studies show that behaviors developed during this formative time could be much harder to change down the road.

So how do you start living healthier as a college student? The process starts with making better choices. Choosing to eat more fruits and vegetables rather than processed or fast foods might not be a fun decision in the moment, especially if people around you are indulging, but it will help you prevent a number of diseases and feel better both physically and mentally. College campuses may be good places to indulge, but they’re also full of resources to help you stay healthy, with access to gyms and fitness facilities, health care professionals and healthy cafeteria options.

Students can also help themselves by taking an active role in eating right and staying fit on campus. Join athletic groups and teams, take a cooking class, walk to class instead of taking the bus, or work on getting your school an organic gardening program. You’ll be able to make new friends and develop new confidence, but you’ll also be learning some great skills to keep you healthy throughout your life.

College can be full of unhealthy temptations and fatty food pitfalls, but it doesn’t have to take a toll on your healthy or the lifestyle you choose to live. Learn to make healthy choices early on and you’ll carry them with you throughout your life.
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