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10 Tips to Live a Healthy Lifestyle When you go off to college, you’re facing a lot of changes: new town, new people, new schedule, etc. Despite all the changes and adjustments, college isn’t the time to throw your healthy lifestyle out the window. Living a healthy lifestyle will only improve your overall quality of life--physically, mentally, and emotionally. Here are 10 tips to live a healthy lifestyle:

You don’t have to live off Ramen just because you’re a college student. You can find free food at a variety of events and can buy fast food on every corner, but those foods aren’t always the healthiest choices. In college you’re faced with a lot of opportunities to not eat healthy. You no longer have your parents reminding you to eat your vegetables or prepare dinner. Maintaining a balanced diet and eating in moderation is recommended. Make an effort to eat fruits and vegetables every day. If you’re living in the dorms take advantage of not having to cook for yourself and grab a healthy meal from the cafeteria.

It’s not cool to pull all-nighters. College students are infamous for pulling the “allnighter.” The truth is it’s a lot healthier to get some sleep. Whether you’re in bed by 10 p.m. or by 2 a.m. try to get your recommended 8 hours in. (without skipping class of course!)

Does the thought of going to the gym make you cringe? You don’t have to leave your dorm room to get a workout in. You can find a variety of at-home workout routines online on blogs, Pinterest, YouTube, and more. You don’t even need equipment! Bodyweight workout options are endless.

Schedule working out into your routine. The best way to have time to workout is to make time. Treat it as a blocked amount of time that you build into your schedule. If you have time

in your course schedule, add a personal fitness & wellness class, so you have a designated time built in. Classes include volleyball, basketball, soccer, golf, jogging, and more.

Missing high school sports? Try intramurals. Intramurals won’t replace the experience of high school sports, but it gets pretty darn close. Not only are intramurals a great way to stay active, they’re an opportunity to meet new people and build relationships.

Prepare for success. You may often find yourself making unhealthy eating choices when you’re hungry and you don’t have any options near you. Always make sure to keep healthy snacks in your backpack and dorm room. When the hunger pangs get to you, then you have a snack readily available and are less likely to grab junk food.

Take advantage of the Rec Center. The Texas Tech Recreational Center offers a variety of group fitness classes (Yoga, Zumba, TurboKick, Power Cycle, Swim Fit, etc.), weight room, cardio equipment, the lazy river pool, the outdoor track, and more. College is the perfect opportunity to try new types of fitness activities. Use this opportunity to try out classes you haven’t tried before. You might find a new fitness passion.

Not only is your physical health important, so is your mental health. We often are our own worst critic—show yourself some love. College can get stressful and challenging at times on top of your personal life.

If you’re concerned about your mental health don’t be afraid to contact the Student Counseling Center.

Start small. If you start making drastic changes to your life to try to be “healthier,” it can be hard to stick with for an extended amount of time. For example, take the stairs in the Media and Communication building instead of the elevator, walk on campus instead of driving, go get groceries instead of watching another show on Netflix, and swap out that candy bar for a protein bar.

Find what feels good. Just because all of your friends love to go to that Zumba class, doesn’t mean that you have to do the same. If a cycling class is more your style, then do it. If eating dairy or gluten foods don’t bother your body then keep eating them. There’s no right or wrong formula, and everybody is different. So find what feels good for your body and keeps you motivated. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t something that happens overnight or within a couple of weeks. Starting small and finding ways to prioritize your health will help you find the right balance.

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