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.

4. Exercise

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.

 

 

 

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My Go-To Exercises

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 SquatUnknown.jpegThis 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.

2.Interval Training

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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.

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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!