It’s important to know how to look after your well-being, especially when your parents aren’t around to tell you to “Finish your greens!”. Here's our guide to some simple ways to take care of your physical health while at uni.
1. Drink water. Tons of it.
Getting into a habit of regularly drinking water is beneficial for many reasons, such as weight control, muscle growth and clear skin. Try drinking water first thing in the morning or aim to finish at least a 2L bottle per day. You can even get water bottles with time-goals printed on them if you need something to work towards.
2. Everything in moderation.
Eating healthily or clean eating is obviously a great way to stay healthy. The importance of a well-balanced diet cannot be stressed enough. To make life easier try meal-prepping before the start of each week. Fresh fruit and vegetables (as well as protein) can be costly so go for frozen fruit ‘n’ veg and look out for evening supermarket discounts for protein. It’s also a good idea to double-check the calorie count of what you’re buying, as often food advertised as “healthy” may contain more calories than you bargained for. It's ok to have the odd Mcdonalds or pasta with cheese, but try and pack a lunch when you're in uni, and have at least a couple of healthy dinners per week.
3. Stay active!
This doesn’t mean that you've got to sign-up to a gym right this second (although it’s undoubtably a great way to stay active). Go for a morning walk or jog once in a while, even better yet, join a sports society. Many sport-based societies welcome novices so don’t worry if you have no experience in a particular sport. Going for a team sport is an especially good idea as it’s easier to commit to (and great fun) once you get to know your team-mates.
4. Sleep enough.
At some point you may need to do an all-nighter, but a consistent sleep-schedule is the key to productivity. The day is for work and the night is for sleep, right? Aim for eight to nine hours of sleep, for example: 10pm - 6am, 11pm - 7am etc.
5. Do what works for you.
At the end of the day, you know yourself best. You know whether you should cut down on fizzy drinks, start going to bed at a reasonable time or use that gym membership you bought six months ago. You’re bound to feel a difference when you start treating your body the way you should.
Follow this simple guide and you should find yourself with more energy, and better able to focus on what matters, like lectures. And nights out. A mixture of the two.
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