Featured Article by Casey Richter, Student At The University of Texas at Austin
It’s easy to get caught up in your day and forget to exercise or find time for a healthy meal option (especially when you’re away at school). Below are 6 easy ways to make your life a little healthier without making any huge adjustments!
1. Take the Stairs
Sometimes, when carrying an extremely heavy backpack or after a super long day, an elevator ride up to your room is inevitable. But, if you substitute the stairs for an elevator or escalator when you’re in your dorm, apartment, class building, etc., you add in leg strengthening, cardio, and some calorie burning without even taking a trip to the gym!
2. Drink More Water
Few people know the extent of the benefits of water. Just to name a few- water controls calories, energizes muscles, refreshes skin and hair, flushes out toxins (especially from the kidneys) and can increase your energy levels. Simply fill up your water bottle before you leave for class and drink it throughout the day! Eating more fruit and vegetables also supplies your body with more water. Lastly, drinking water before bed (regardless of if you had a long night out) will help you to feel great the next morning!
3. Wear Sunscreen
For the warm-climate students, sunscreen is a must. Sunscreen prevents sunburn, which in turn helps to prevent skin cancer as well as wrinkles. Even for the cold weather campuses, sunscreen is extremely important as sun can still get to you even on the 15 degree days! Find a moisturizer with SPF in it to keep your skin healthy and fresh.
4. Portion Control
Everyone can admit that it’s hard to give up our guilty pleasures. Instead of eliminating all unhealthy foods from your diet completely, reduce the portion by half. On average, the protein on your plate should be the size of your palm, and the carbs should be the size of your fist, per meal. When ordering dessert, simply share with a bunch of people so you can all have one bite! Life isn’t about eradicating favorite foods, just eating them in moderation.
5. Eat Slower
As college students, we are always in a hurry and sometimes forget to slow down. But, there are so many benefits to eating more slowly! It takes the brain about 20 minutes to register that it’s full. So, before you reach for that second or maybe even third helping, take a moment or switch it up to water instead. By eating slower, you can tell if your body is still hungry or not. Eating slower is also much better for your digestion, and simply allows us to enjoy our food so much more and have a more sociable meal.
6. Take Time for Yourself
Most college students begin to forget what alone time is after their first few semesters away. With roommates, friends and classmates, it’s hard to avoid people. But, at the same time, alone time is extremely beneficial for personal happiness and reducing stress levels. Even if it’s for 5 minutes a day, let yourself just relax on your own. Take an extra few minutes in the shower, put on some music in the gym instead of socializing, take a different route to class one day so you don’t run into people you may know. Either way, there are tons of ways to give yourself a few minutes of that much needed alone time.
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