Trying to stay healthy? Check out these 5 tips!

Your health is one of the most important and most valuable resources that you will ever have.  With a few regular steps, some of them taking only a few minutes, you can create a healthy lifestyle while you attend college or university that will yield results for years.

Get Enough Sleep

Make sure that you get at least six to eight hours of sleep at night, the average numbers of hours of sleep most adults need.  According to the American Psychological Association, the amount of sleep you need depends on your individual body.  In fact, some people need as much as 10 hours of sleep a night to function well the following day.  Getting enough sleep while you attend college or university can help you to avoid accidents, moodiness, irritability, memory loss, weight gain and drowsiness, all of which can impact your academic performance.

Schedule and Keep Medical Check-Ups

Telephone or visit your physician and make appointments to get annual check-ups.  Also keep regular check-ups with your dentist.  Be sure to ask your doctor about exercise, vitamins or prescription medications they advise you to take, including the specific benefits and side effects of the recommended life changes, vitamins or prescriptions.  Stay aware of your blood pressure and body weight, striving to keep both in a healthy range.

Eat a Healthy, Balanced Diet

Instead of filling yourself up on candy bars, soda and coffee, sit down and enjoy a healthy meal of vegetables, fruit and baked meats like fish or chicken.  When you’re shopping for food to stock your college or university dorm refrigerator with, look at the nutrition labels on food items you’re thinking about buying.  Check to see that the food has valuable vitamins and is low in sodium and sugar.

Exercise and Stay Fit

Get outdoors and enjoy a walk or jog.  You can also enjoy a game of tennis, softball, basketball or racquetball with your college or university dorm mates and/or neighborhood friends.  If you want to take it easy on your joints, consider swimming laps in a pool or riding a bicycle.  It’s fun, will help you to maintain a healthy body weight, self-image and will help you to stay healthy.  Consider this.  If you exercise five or more days a week while you attend college or university, you will likely have created a habit that will help you remain healthy well into your senior years if you remain active.

Find Ways to Reduce Stress

Take time each morning and/or evening to sit still and relax so you can reduce stress you might have been feeling throughout the day.  You can also listen to soothing music, enjoy a shower or bubble bath, read a good book, do yoga or meditate at least once a day to reduce stress.  Your mind, spirit and body will thank you!

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