It can be challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle as a student - with exams, assignments, and extracurricular activities, you may be inclined to give priority to your studies as opposed to your health. However, with a few simple changes in your diet, sleep, and exercise habits it will become easier to lead a healthy lifestyle that promotes the well-being of both your physical and mental health!
Many students struggle to maintain a healthy diet because of their busy school/work schedules. Despite this, you must make it habitual to eat nutritious, controlled portions of food throughout the day. In order to achieve this, ensure that you do not skip breakfast! It is the most important meal of the day because you are literally breaking a fast to kick-start your metabolism. If you are running late or do not have the time to sit down and have a meal, grab a granola bar on your way out of the house to eat on the way to school/work. Ensure that you drink six to eight cups of water per day to stay hydrated.Although eating healthy meals is important, set aside a day every two weeks to indulge and enjoy the food that you love! You can still pursue a healthy lifestyle while eating the comfort food you love in moderation on an occasional basis!
Ah, sleep, a guilty pleasure that students never seem to get enough of!In all seriousness, with all the assignments and exams it may be hard for you to get a good night’s sleep. It is estimated that most people require at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night to feel fully energized and rested. It may be nearly impossible to aim to get that much sleep every night, but at least ensure that you are getting a good night’s rest whenever you can. A lack of sleep can hinder your ability to concentrate and can make you feel grumpy.As for students who seem to have a hard time falling asleep, it is recommended that you sleep in a cool, quiet and dark room and create a daily “bedtime routine.”
Several college/university campuses have a fitness center for students – use this to your advantage and squeeze in a workout whenever you can! Another option is to schedule an hour every three days a week to do some easy at home exercises to stay in shape. Regardless of which option you choose, ensure that you stretch before and after you workout to avoid injuries!Other lifestyle changes, such as walking to your classes instead of taking the elevator, or riding your bike to school instead of driving, can also be a form of exercise!Thinking of going back to school? ABM College of Health and Technology is the place to be! We have monthly intake for several of our programs – click the link below for more information!