how to stay healthy at collegeIf you’re like the majority of college students, you’d probably never been on your own before starting school. You undoubtedly relied on your parents for pretty much everything, including the incentive to eat healthy food. Being on your own, you probably didn’t worry too much about what you ate, or whether or not you got enough exercise–you were most likely too busy going to classes and enjoying your new-found freedom. However, if you’re like most new students, you quickly realized the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. If this sounds familiar, you may be interested in the following tips on how to stay healthy in college.

Eat the Right Foods

If you’re in generally good health, all you need to do in order to stay that way is to live a healthy lifestyle. That means you need to watch what you eat. You most likely found out that being healthy takes a back seat studies, and maybe to partying, to most college students. They are far too concerned with the freedom to make their own choices–some of them for the first time in their lives. You will have to exercise your will power and make healthy food choices. Eating in the cafeteria will provide you with a lot of choices, and not all of them will be healthy. At times, you may find it hard to find the time to eat at mealtime. When that happens, you’ll be tempted to snack between meals. You should opt for healthy snacks, such as granola bars or fruit.

Get Enough Exercise

Along with eating the right foods, you will have to try and get enough exercise if you intend to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You may discover that it’s hard to find the time to exercise properly, or you may simply think it’s not important. You’ll soon realize that you’ll most likely be able to study better and feel more energetic if you get enough exercise. If you’re the type that has trouble motivating yourself to work out on your own, you could join an exercise group or a gym.

Get Your Rest

As a college student, you have no doubt experienced the thrill of pulling an all-nighter in order to be prepared for a test. However, if you do that on a regular basis, your health is bound to be affected. If you do it often enough, your health will deteriorate. Instead, you should make every effort to get your rest. Even though you’re young, your health will suffer if you don’t get enough sleep–and so will your grades. Don’t wait until you don’t feel well to get some sleep.

Don’t Drink to Excess

Drinking to excess is a pastime that many college students engage in regularly. They take advantage of their newfound freedom by consuming alcohol night after night, which can lead to a variety of bad experiences. Drinking to excess, especially if you do it frequently can cause your health to suffer. If you continue drinking it may also affect your grades. You will need to exercise your will power to resist offers to drink when you should be studying.

See a Doctor and Dentist Regularly

Being out on your own for the first time is a huge responsibility. You may be tempted to skip going to the doctor or dentist unless it’s an emergency. Don’t make that mistake. You should keep your appointments for routine checkups. If you keep up with your healthcare, you will be less susceptible to illnesses or unnecessary dental work. You needn’t wait until you return home to take care of your medical needs–most schools have adequate medical care facilities on campus. You should make sure you have all the vaccinations you need. Having your medical records available to the campus physicians will also expedite your medical care.

Cleanliness Is Important

An important aspect of maintaining your health is to keep yourself, your room, and your clothes as clean as possible. Germs really do exist, and they cause illnesses. If you take precautions to bath regularly, wash your clothes, and vacuum your room on a regular basis, you’ll be taking a big step toward living a healthy lifestyle.

Guest post from Payton Price. Payton writes for

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