Staying Healthy in College Without Going Broke

You don’t need a FitBit or an expensive fitness look to stay healthy. You just need the right mindset.

Between classes and working, most college students don’t even think about a healthy lifestyle track. It’s hard enough to balance your schedule, you don’t have time to worry about your health, right? Wrong. The habits you develop in college will follow you into that ‘real world’ they keep telling you about it. Start that healthy life now!

Drink water.

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This is probably the most important tip anyone will ever give you. You need to stay hydrated. No not with gatorade (the sugar content is so high, it’s not healthy or thirst quenching). Carry a water bottle at all times.

Stop drinking sugar.

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Learn to love your coffee black. Stop drinking soda. Gatorade is not good for you. Sugar is the biggest cause of an unhealthy life, so try to stay as far away from it as possible. According to Bamboo Core Fitness, an average 12-ounce can of soda contains about 8 teaspoons of simple sugar. It only takes four 12-ounce cans of sodas to equal 1/4 pound of sugar!  Moderation is key.

Park farther from class

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The hike is probably daunting, but a part of staying healthy is making sure you get a good amount of steps in daily. Park on a little further than you normally do from classes or work so that you force yourself to walk a good amount everyday. there are tons of apps you can download that track your steps. Some even offer you rewards, like the Achievement app, which rewards you $10 for every 10,000 points you earn!

Start Meditating

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It’s not just for monks. Staying healthy is not just physical – it’s mental too. Take just ten minutes a day to destress and just be. Don’t worry about school or work or people. A popular and short, efficient way to quickly relax is the 4-7-8 breathing technique. The Headspace app, a meditation app, is also a really helpful tool for guiding your meditation and working towards a cleaere and calmer mind.

Cook your own food.

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This can get tricky for some people. College dorms aren’t exactly a Gordon Ramsay approved prep area. But most campus food is frozen before, or fried and just not healthy. Finding ways to cook your own food is a much better option. You can find easy to make in your dorm or microwave recipes on Pinterest and Buzzfeed. (And you can print it using your schools Freenters drive!) 

Stretch Before Bed.

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This is a weird one to hear – but to be healthy and conquer your busy schedule, you need good night’s rest every night. Stretching before bed can do that for you. Relaxing your muscles right before bed (and drinking plenty of water!) is the best start to a great night’s sleep. Stretch for 15-30 minutes every night right before you lay down and trust me, you’ll wonder why you never did this before. Here’s a YouTube video from Yoga With Adriene for the perfect bedtime stretch! 

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