Living a healthy lifestyle is very important. You don’t have to be extremely healthy to maintain a “healthy lifestyle” but it can be a little harder to maintain this lifestyle in college. I would consider myself to live a healthy lifestyle and I still eat Wendy’s, go out for drinks, and can be lazy at times. It’s all about moderation. Here are some tips that help me maintain a healthy lifestyle while enjoying life.
1. Don’t drink as much
This tip is #1 on my list because drinking is very prevalent in college. Stop drinking every single weekend. If you can’t stop yourself from this than at least only drink one day out of the week. Alcohol has a lot of calories in it so it is important that you not drink as much.
2. Cook Dinner
We all have a dining hall that is filled with pizza, fries, and tons of desserts. A meal plan is expensive so using your swipes is important but, if you can cook at home do it! Stop buying those microwavable dinners and learn how to cook chicken, fish, and rice. Your diet is very important and affects your mood! You are what you eat….
3. Get good sleep
If you’re in college you are probably laughing at this one. Getting a good amount of sleep is almost impossible in college. Roommates are loud, papers are due, and sometimes we stay out way too late. It’s important that you find a happy medium! Try to block out the noise by wearing some headphones or even try an eye mask.
Getting some sort of exercise every day will help you keep some weight off! Going to the gym might not fit into your schedule and that’s okay. If you can’t make it to the gym try walking to your classes instead of driving, stretch when you wake up in the morning or try to do some at home exercises.
If you make a conscious effort to make a change in your daily habits you will start to see changes in your mood and with your body. Living a healthy lifestyle in college is possible! It just takes a little bit of effort.
Once the weather starts to get a little colder I lose all motivation to try to dress cute. Athleisure is a new trend where you wear your workout clothes in a cute way but is also needed for the gym! This trend is great if you have a busy schedule or in college due to the fact that you can look cute in a quick amount of time! Here are my athleisure essentials.
Wireless Headphones are essential to go a good workout and looking cute. Nothing is more annoying than having to worry about the cord while working out or walking around. It always gets tangled up or caught in something.
A Smart Watch
Smartwatches, Apple Watches, or FitBits are all good accessories to wear in and outside of the gym. These watches track your sleep patterns, how many steps you take, and how many calories you are burning. I have the Apple Watch and I love it. You can switch out your band and it’s waterproof!!
A Cute Water Bottle
Staying hydrated is important so why not have a cute water bottle! A S’well water bottle is a little bit on the pricier side but T.J. Maxx always has cute water bottles.
A Cute Pair of Sneakers
Buying a cute pair of black sneakers is really important. They will go with anything! I would pay attention to what brand you wear the most unless you don’t mind wearing two different brands at once!
Leggings are also extremely important. I try to avoid any leggings that aren’t black. Black leggings don’t show sweat, stains, and go with almost everything! Plus you can wear these in the fall, winter, spring, and maybe summer.
Pullover / Crewneck
A nice pullover or sweatshirt is not a want but a need. Instead of walking around in your dingy workout tops you can just put a cute pullover on!
It is possible to look cute, trendy, and be ready for the gym all at once. Thank goodness athleisure became a trend. It made getting ready a lot easier!
On almost every form of social media, you will see a video of someone working out on your feed. Some of these workouts seem a little crazy and sometimes even impossible. It’s important that you incorporate simple exercises into your routine. Here on some of my favorite exercises that are simple, effective, and have helped me gain a lot of strength!
1. The SquatThis is such a simple exercise that can be done in many different ways. If you’re intimated by a barbell you can use a free weight, a kettlebell, or you could just use your body weight! This is definitely my go-to exercises and always gives me a good burn.
Interval training will help you lose that stubborn fat in a quick and efficient way. Instead of running at a steady pace for 20 plus minutes try to change your speed. For example, I will run at a pace of 8 for 45 seconds and will jump to the side of the treadmill to rest for 10 seconds. I will do this for 10 rounds or until I’m fatigued.
Push Up’s are a very basic exercise that can be done anywhere! Push up’s work not only your chest but also your shoulders, triceps, and your core. If you aren’t strong enough to do a normal push up you can always get on your knees to do them!
These three exercises will help you burn fat and build some muscle! These workouts are extremely simple and can be modified to your ability. Make sure you increase your weight, speed, or amount of reps if the exercises start to get too easy. Don’t forget that change doesn’t happen quickly. It may take you 3 or 4 weeks to notice a difference!
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Your body can move and do amazing things only if you take care of it. It’s hard to do both simultaneously. Life gets in the way and we sometimes forget to eat better, get enough sleep, and even be active.
Personally, I go through periods of time where I stop working out and tracking what I eat and I feel terrible. I sleep all day, I lack energy, and mentally I’m not happy. Here are three easy ways to make sure you’re not only keeping your body happy but also your mind.
It’s important that individuals sleep an average of 6-8 hours a night but for some people, this might be impossible. As a college student, I barely ever get 6 hours of sleep. This is because I am so stressed that I can’t allow my mind to calm down.
Some tips for getting better sleep are to not be on your phone or laptop 1 hour prior to you going to sleep. Also, make sure you aren’t drinking caffeinated drinks late at night. Try to read a book, or drink some warm tea as you start winding down. I found that Celestial Sleepytime Tea works the best!
2. Stress less
This one might be the toughest. But, overall you should avoid situations or people that make you unhappy. Stress can make a person feel drained which causes them to not have a lot of energy. It’s important that if you are stressed to find something that makes you happy. For me, going to the gym is a huge stress reliever. Nothing makes me feel better than hitting a new PR ( personal record) or just getting a good workout in.
3. Slow Down
It’s important that you take time for yourself every once in a while. I call slowing down “me time”. Life can be crazy but you need to make time for things that me YOU happy not others. Take a weekend to just be alone and reflect on what’s going on in your life. Nothing is wrong with binge watching some T.V shows every once and a while!
Hopefully, these three tips will help you keep your mind and body healthy! It’s important to make sure that you’re not only healthy but also happy.
Heres to a week of slowing down, stressing less, and getting better sleep!
For some people, just the thought of going to the gym scares them let alone, starting a routine. It’s important to remember that everyone starts from somewhere and not everyone’s starting point is the same. Here are some tips that I have used or that I have found helpful when beginning my fitness journey!
1. What are your fitness goals?
Before working out it is important to pinpoint what your fitness goals are. Are you wanting to lose weight? Gain more muscle mass? Loose 5 inched of off your hips? These are important questions to ask yourself. Once you have figured out your fitness goals it’s important that you write them down or create a vision board. Once this is created you should place it somewhere you look every day.
2. Do Your Research
Starting something new means that you are a beginner and might not know how to do certain movements or how to work certain machines properly. Hiring a personal trainer is not always the most affordable option. There are a lot of free sources that provide you with clear instructions on how to squat, deadlift, plank correctly, and much more. Personally, I used YouTube and it is extremely helpful. This is because you can not only see what the person is doing but, you can also hear their instructions and. Some helpful YouTubers and my personal favorites are Whitney Simmons, Nikki Blacketter, and Meg Squats.
3.Create a workout plan
Now that you have done your research and know what your fitness goals are, it’s important to plan out your workouts. A good resource on how to do this properly is by watching a video done by Heidi Somers. Creating a workout plan helps you visualize what workouts you are going to do for the following week. Also, once you start to see your progress you will understand what is working for your body and what’s not.
These three tips will help anyone begin their fitness journey. It’s important to remember that everyone starts from somewhere and to be kind to your body. Progress does not happen overnight or within a couple of weeks. It takes time, patience, and dedication.
Comment what helped you the most on your fitness journey!