Healthy Habits for a College Lifestyle

For today’s post, I thought I’d give you a few helpful tips to stay happy & healthy this semester!

 

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All my life, I’ve been an extremely active person.  From age four to age 18, I danced more than I walked.  In other words, I danced six days per week, for 5+ hours a day.  Yes, it was a lot.  Yes, I got overwhelmed. But no, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.  Before I came to college, dance had always been incorporated into my daily schedule, and I took the health benefits it provided for granted.  I was so adjusted to this highly active lifestyle that it didn’t even cross my mind that college would be much, much different.

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Coming into my freshman year was a difficult transition for me because of how active my lifestyle was before this chapter in my life began.  From dancing 24/7 to not dancing at all, figuring out ways to incorporate fitness into my new college lifestyle was a lot harder than I had expected.

But, with college came new experiences, and for me that was going to the gym instead of the dance studio.

I was slightly intimidated by the idea of going to the gym. I mean, I don’t know about you, but being in a room full of experienced weightlifters and athletes wasn’t my ideal workout setting, or one that I was used to for that matter.  However, I got over those few seconds of intimidation and realized that focusing on myself was key.

Who cares what weight the girl next to you is lifting, or how quick your run turns into a jog…or a fast paced walk.

Staying active isn’t the only thing that I want to emphasize in this post.  An equal balance of exercise, healthy eating, and overall healthy living habits will benefit you in more ways than you know:

  • it increases strength, mind, body & soul
  • keeps the skin vibrant & healthy
  • improves your mood & sleep patterns
  • increases relaxation
  • strengthens the immune system
  • ultimately, makes you HAPPY

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When it comes to exercising, I go for anything that makes me sweat. Dance workouts, Yoga/Pilates, HIIT classes, 30-minute runs, light weight training and body-weight exercises are some of my favorites.  My ultimate goal when I workout is to stay strong and balanced.

From personal experience, here are some tips & suggestions on starting your own fitness kick in college:

  1. Try a workout class that you’ve never been to before.
  2. Don’t be afraid of the gym. Get a group of friends together, your roommates, or your significant other. It’s a great way to stay healthy and have fun while doing it.
  3. Walk with every opportunity you can, especially when it’s warm out.
  4. Try to take a scenic run or jog instead of running in place on a treadmill.
  5. Check out Pinterest for simple exercises to do in the comfort of your own home or dorm.
  6. Join your school’s fitness club. Why not!
  7. Opt for post-workout snacks like mixed fruit, trail mix, carrots and hummus, a smoothie, or yogurt with granola.
  8. Go to bed at a reasonable hour – sleep is always important.
  9. Drink lots and lots of water! Staying hydrated benefits the body in more ways than you can even imagine.
  10. Be nice to yourself. Love yourself. It’s all about a balanced life.

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