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Tips for Healthy Living

By Jennifer Quaglio, student, Center for Distance Learning

May 15, 2014

Many college students tend not to prioritize fitness and health. Homework, family obligations, social obligations, intimate relationships, careers and stress often get in the way of achieving a healthy diet and exercise routine. According to foxnews.com, Dr. Matthew Kwan, a researcher at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada, said, "The transition from late adolescence to early adulthood represents the most dramatic declines in physical activity across a person's life."

It is important to dedicate at least 30 minutes each day to exercise, especially as college students. Making time for exercise can be easier said than done, but there are many ways to achieve your goal. Whether it is to lose weight, get toned or simply to stay healthy, it is a good idea to take good care of your body and monitor what goes into it. Taking just a little time out of a busy day to focus on yourself will do wonders. It can be as simple as doing jumping jacks and squats before the shower, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, if your time is too crunched for regular exercise.

“Another crucial element — and the reason that many college students gain weight — is overcoming emotional eating,” (denverpost.com) said Daphne Oz, author of, “The Dorm Room Diet: The 10-Step Program for Creating a Healthy Lifestyle Plan That Really Works.”

Below are seven simple steps to get you started:

  1. Replace unhealthy snacks such as chips and ice cream with fruits such as kiwi or strawberries when you are craving sugar.
  2. Incorporate vegetables into your daily diet; start slowly by replacing a carbohydrate like mashed potatoes with some leafy greens.
  3. Learn a new recipe every week. Challenge yourself and plan a healthy eating goal that you can achieve.
  4. Avoid fad diets as a means of weight loss. Most fad diets lack proper nutrients, which you need to stay healthy.
  5. Use the “buddy system.” Go to the gym with friends, or rent a workout DVD from your local library and exercise in the comfort of your own home.
  6. Dancing is still exercise. Dancing around the house for an hour can burn just as many (or more) calories as walking on a treadmill -- and it’s free.
  7.  Don’t put your health on the back burner.

For recipes, daily workouts, de-stressing routines and other healthy living tips, visit Student Health 101.

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