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Healthy Habits for Students
My name is Cecilia Langill and I am as self-proclaimed food addict. At the start of this semester I decided that I wanted to change my lifestyle. My third year as an undergrad would be different from the previous two. No longer would I mindlessly eat because I was bored; no longer would the majority of my physical activity include walking from my car to class and back to my car again; no longer would I be intimidated by all of the buff dudes at the gym. I decided I was going to take a stand against my unhealthy habits!!
Below are my eight pieces of advice to any student who’s trying to get on board with a healthy lifestyle:
1) Stop mindlessly eating – I am the worst for mindless eating. Some nights I go home and stand at the fridge for twenty minutes while I chow down on everything that’s in sight, not out of hunger but out of boredom. Making the conscious decision to not eat out of boredom is a really easy way to cut down on unwanted calories.
2) Drink more water – I read somewhere that after you have a meal one third of your stomach should be filled with vegetables, one third of your stomach should be filled with water, and the remaining one third should be empty. Our bodies are, on average, 60% water. As such, it’s important to stay hydrated!
3) Cheat days are not the end of the world – A healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you need to completely turn away from all of the foods that you love. That will only work to make you unhappy, not healthy. So go for it! However, make sure to consume in moderation; that’s my motto.
4) Go to the gym – Since this semester has begun, I’ve started getting up at 5:15am every second day to work out. Contrary to logic, this actually gives me more energy than sleeping in for another two hours. It’s a relaxing way to start my morning and gets me energized for the day ahead. U of C students pay for a Fitness Centre membership in student fees, so it’s a good idea to make use of that by heading to the U of C gym!
5) Pack a lunch and bring it to school – Yes, I understand that this is the lamest piece of advice ever but it makes sense. Packing a lunch takes us all back to grade school days, but it is quite a smart idea when you’re looking to clean up your diet, considering most of the convenient food on campus is greasy and has very little nutritional value. (***protip – Not only will packing a lunch help you to eat healthier, but it will also help to not burst your wallet through the semester. Inexpensive and healthy food on campus is like a unicorn; a myth!).
6) Sleep – Getting a good night’s sleep will help to regenerate your body and your brain. Sleeping will not only boost your energy level for the next day but will help you brain be able to better tackle your academic challenges.
7) Start the day off right with a healthy breakfast – I understand that this is easier said than done. However, as a true breakfast lover myself, I think that this is the most important point on the entire list. By eating a healthy and filling breakfast in the morning you can kickstart your body and brain into high gear in order to have a productive and enjoyable day!
Of course, these tips are not fool proof and may not work for you as well as they have worked for me. If you have any other tips or tricks for leading a healthy lifestyle, I’d love to hear them. Send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @OfficialLangill. Thank you for reading and good luck with the rest of your semester!
Cecilia Langill is a third year Communication Studies student. She is the VP Communications for the Distress Centre on Campus club and the Communications Department Representative for the Faculty of Arts Students’ Association. In her free time Cecilia enjoys knitting and photography. You can check her out on Twitter @OfficialLangill and on Instagram @omgitscee