BY: Viktoria Cojan
As a college student, you are constantly trying to meet deadlines – class assignments, exams, internships, jobs, etc. You don’t have time for yourself, for your hobbies, or even sleep at times. With so much going on, the last thing on your mind is putting in extra time to worry about staying healthy. However, staying healthy doesn’t have to take extra time; it can be easy to eat right, get some exercise, and to de-stress.
You need to nourish your body in order to get energy and all of the nutrients your body needs to function properly. It can be tempting to skip a meal when a deadline is right around the corner, but skipping meals will only slow you down and make it harder for you to go about your day. Therefore, it is important to eat all three meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here are some simple ways to make that happen:
1. Plan ahead with Meal Prep
Meal prep can be easy and fast. You can prepare ahead for everything from smoothies, snacks, salads, and full meals. By preparing your meals ahead of time, you don’t have to worry about actually cooking throughout your busiest days. Find some time when you are more available, such as the weekend, and spend 2 to 3 hours preparing your meals for the entire week. Separate the meals in containers for each day of the week. This way, you can easily grab one container before you leave the house in the mornings and have all the food you need for the day. This saves much time and money, which is always a plus! You can make meal prep even faster by incorporating a crockpot into the process. Just toss the ingredients for the meal in the crockpot, turn it on, and let it cook.
2. Carry snacks
Always having snacks on hand can help you eat the proper amount of food at each meal. Most people go long periods of time between each meal, which makes you feel hungrier and can cause you to overeat when you finally get the chance to have a meal. By snacking throughout the day, you will feel slightly less hungry so you’re more likely to eat only what you need at your next meal.
Exercise: When most people think of exercise, they think it requires getting a gym membership, waking up when it’s still dark out, or setting aside a few hours in the day to go exercise. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
3. Incorporate it into your everyday schedule.
You can get your daily dose of exercise by taking the stairs instead of going on the elevator. The elevators usually take a while to come, so taking the stairs can even save you some time. Another method is to park farther away. Many times people want to park as close as possible to the store or any destinations, but end up spending more time trying to find an open parking spot or for someone else to leave. By parking farther, you get in that extra exercise, and can skip the hassle of finding parking. You can easily incorporate exercise into anything else you are doing. While cooking, turn up some jams, and dance, or turn TV time into fitness time. The possibilities are endless.
4. Don’t forget that even though you need to get your body moving, you also need to let it breathe a little. Make sure to keep your body hydrated and give it some rest with a good night’s sleep.
Health doesn’t have to mean dedication and sacrifice. Doing little things can go a long way and can make you healthier, more productive, and happier as a whole. So don’t fret at the thought of working on being healthy, and start to make these small changes to make your life and body better overall!