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Three Main Keys to adapt for a healthy lifestyle

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AMBER CASTILLO
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Being a college student, maintaining a social life and working on top of that usually tends to put a strain on health and wellness.

Finding the time to contain a healthy diet, sleep schedule and exercise may be very difficult when you are trying to juggle such a hectic life as it is, but with the university providing workout classes and gym memberships (that come out of your tuition) now is the time to take advantage and find the time to put your health and wellness first. Here are a few tips to help students make use of the opportunities at their fingertips.

1. Diet: Having a healthy diet is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Nobody wants to put on the freshmen 15 yet alone gain a little extra.

• Portion size is very important when maintaining a healthy lifestyle because after all, even a little too much of a good thing could be bad.

• Ditch the chips and bring healthy snacks into your life. Having access to a healthier choice will be easier for you to make the right choices when it comes to snacking.

• College is known to be the years of partying, but it’s okay to turn down parties to relax after a long day. Drinking can take a huge toll on your body not only in weight, but also in wellness as well. It’s okay to drink moderately.

• Drinking water can actually keep you from over eating, and ensure that you have the right mindset for you classes as well.

• Although Starbucks always smells so good in the mornings, it probably isn’t a good choice to get it every morning. Now I’m not saying you need to give this up, but cutting back will definitely boost your health.

2. Exercise: Having a busy schedule is typical when it comes to college students. Luckily, there is a gym on campus that students actually pay for with their tuition. If youl are anything like me, you would want to take full advantage of everything you can get.

• The Dugan Wellness center has fitness classes all throughout the day as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 7 p.m. If those times in between still do not work for you, there is a full gym that is also open until noon.

• Exercising doesn’t always have to be done at a gym either. If you are someone who likes to be outdoors, go for a walk downtown or at the bike trail on campus. Perhaps you can even go for a bike ride. As long as you are moving, you are adapting new and healthy habits. However, I do advise you to make sure you have a workout buddy just to be on the safe side.

3. Sleep is essential for everyone; not just for a college student. Maintaining a healthy sleeping schedule is key to having the right mindset for your studies.

• Remember when we were younger and we never wanted to take naps? Well turns out they actually help extremely. It can do wonders for your energy levels to give you just the right amount of boost that     you need.

• Sticking to a schedule is also a good trick to ensure you are getting the right amount of sleep you need.

• Although most students think all nighters are a must, they are actually really bad for you. Not getting the right amount of sleep will impair your ability to do well and that means you basically studied for nothing.

Diet, exercise and sleep are the major keys to maintain a healthy lifestyle. With the lack of these three aspects,  your body will not function correctly. I hope these healthy habits will help change your lifestyle the way they have helped mine.

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