Healthy Lifestyle for Your College Career

By Brenda on November 5th, 2011


How you treat your body is a direct determination of how well it will be able to perform.  Gone are the days of all-night benders and studying until dawn.  College students today are healthier, get more sleep and treat their bodies well because they understand what happens if they don’t.  No one wants to crash and burn on a mid-term because of poor health choices.

In order to stay fit and alert, helping you perform better on exams we have disclosed a list of tips.  The tips are generated from some of the best-performing students who attend a traditional school or take online courses.  Following these guidelines will help you become better equipped for your classes and studies.

Get Your Sleep

Although you may not be able to get eight hours of consistent sleep each night while juggling school, work and a family, aiming for this number will help you thrive and keep you healthy.  Studies show that college students who get five to six hours of sleep on average perform lower than those who get seven to eight hours of sleep.  Also, the limited hours of sleep can weaken your immune system making you more likely to catch colds during the dreaded cold and flu season.

CBS News recently reported that college students are among the most sleep deprived group of individuals in the country, getting a meager five to six hours of sleep per night.  Studies showed that these students are unable to focus as long as students who get eight and even nine hours of sleep per night.

Hit the Gym

Colleges provide a number of possibilities and options for working out.  If you are attending a traditional school you should be able to find the right facility to suit your fitness needs.  Doing a minimum of thirty minutes of cardiovascular exercise gets the blood pumping to your brain, not to mention the rest of your body.  Not only will you begin to feel great by implementing cardio into your life, but you will look great too.

If you are attending online classes, look into joining a gym near your home or investigate a walking or cycling trail.  Working out can be done in your home at a fraction of the cost of a gym membership.

Make Wise Choices in the Kitchen

Eating the right foods is crucial to staying fit and healthy.  Poor performance comes from eating fast food, sweets and other poor fatty food choices.  Utilize your time more efficiently by preparing foods ahead of time and packaging into small containers that can be microwaved quickly when you are under a time constraint.

Smart choices for foods include carrots, apples, chicken, brown rice and whole grain breads.  Avoid fatty burgers, fries and pizza containing a lot of fat.  These foods will cause you to become lethargic and groggy.  You won’t be able to focus after consuming high calorie and high fat foods.

Combining all of these tips for a healthy lifestyle will cause you to become a better student.  Not only will your focus become better but you may just find yourself performing at a top level.  This will better prepare you for your career in the near future.




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