Movies and television shows portray the college life as one big party. Granted, there are many opportunities to have fun in college, but there are ways to ensure you live a healthy lifestyle even if the people around you are constantly hung over. There can be a temptation for many college students to fall into “party mode” when they get to school. While they may look like they are constantly having a blast, chances are good that their grades are dramatically suffering as a result. If you can achieve a balance between having a good time and being healthy, you can ensure that you will get the most out of your college experience.
One way you can set yourself up for a healthy lifestyle is to set up your class schedule in a way that does not promote laziness. Try to schedule some early classes at least a couple days a week. This will get you up and out of bed at a decent hour. On days that you do not have an early class, wake up and go to the gym. If you can develop a routine where you are working out in the morning, you are more likely to avoid late nights of cramming or partying – neither is good for you. Make sure you also eat breakfast. Eating something in the morning will help your metabolism and will give you energy for the rest of the day.
As mentioned above, exercise is crucial to achieving a healthier you. If you get in a rut of staying up late and partying too much, your exercise habits are bound to go down the tubes. You may have been accustomed to playing sports when you were in high school. Unless you are on a team at your college, you will have to become self-disciplined when it comes to working out. Most colleges have decent workout facilities. Find a friend with whom you can rely to go to the gym on a regular basis. Having someone push you is another way to make sure that you are staying on top of your workouts.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Most college students stay up to the wee hours of the morning for a variety of reasons. This is not a recipe for good health. College-aged students should be getting at least eight hours of sleep a night. Getting enough sleep results in having enough energy to get you through grueling days of classes and studying. Being well-rested also helps you stay focused in class much better than guzzling cups of coffee. It may sound easier said than done, but developing a proper sleep pattern will help you be a more successful student.