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The importance of a healthy lifestyle for college students


Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The adage of healthy body, healthy mind is especially relevant to college students. Getting good grades, focusing in class and balancing a busy schedule may be easier if you maintain a healthy lifestyle. By making small changes in your diet and activity level, you can reap big benefits in your overall health.

You are what you eat
Eating fast food and take-out a few times per week might seem like a good way to save some money on a tight student budget. However, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle you would be better off allocating your limited funds to buying quality food.

According to the online community Student Universe, preparing meals at home, whether that be an on- or off-campus residence,  is one of the easiest and simplest ways you  can invest in your personal well-being. Preparing your own meals is a way for you to save money, and it allows you  to carefully control how much sugar, fat and preservatives are in your food. As an alternative to empty calorie snacks like chips or soda, students should try to eat fruits, nuts and other natural foods between meals.

A little help from your friends
The health benefits of exercise are well documented. Working out on a regular basis is not just a great way to stay in shape, it also enables your body to produce natural chemicals called endorphins that help you feel happier, and may also make it easier to focus on your studies. However, making the commitment to go to the gym on a regular basis can be a struggle.

For this reason, healthy living Web site LiveStrong.com recommends students exercise with friends. This may make it easier for you to commit to a regular workout routine, and can also be a lot of fun. Sports like tennis and basketball are great for a cardiovascular workout, and even a simple weekend hike can help you stay fit while enjoying the great outdoors.

Time for tea
Although it can be tempting to grab a sugary caffeinated beverage like a cappuccino or energy drink before class, caffeine can actually be detrimental to mental focus and cognitive function in the long run. As such, personal productivity Web site Lifehack.org suggests students switch coffee for herbal tea. This non-caffeinated beverage is available in a wide range of flavors, some of which have added health benefits. For example, chamomile has a calming effect while peppermint tea can help with an upset stomach.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800896513-ADNFCR

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