1. It all comes down to all of the little things that add up at the end of the day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or wake up early to walk to class, it will burn a few extra calories from the alcohol consumption that took place the night before or even gives some wiggle room for what might take place later in the day. When you are in class go ahead and tap your foot. Even something as simple as pacing when talking on the phone. The idea is to keep moving to keep the heart rate up anyway possible. Believe it or not another one is to clean your dorm whenever possible, this has obvious multiple benefits.
2. Partying is a big part of college life so make sure everyone, or at least make sure that you stay hydrated. It is important to drink plenty of water before, during, and after drinking to avoid receiving the elusive hangover. Every other drink that is consumed should be chased down by water. This will help you not feel like death in the morning for when you have to workout or even just stay better focused in class. I promise, water is your friend when it comes to getting hammered drunk.
3. Staying motivated is easier with friends. Of course a great place to start is finding out who works out in your dorm, yet there are plenty of other ways to accomplish finding workout partners to keep you going. Another great way to find some buddies is on www.meetup.com – whether you create the group or find a group for something that sparks your attention. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things.
4. Sleep is one of the most important parts of being healthy. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out when you are sleep-deprived that your energy level is going to suffer. A direct result in skipping the gym or eating poorly can lead to an uncoordinated sleeping schedule which will affect your making it to class on time. Another great benefit to getting enough time to sleep is that our abilities to retain new information dramatically improves, definitely very important when it comes to classes.
5. Make excellent food choices! Something that is really over looked when being healthy in college is fiber intake. Our bodies need fiber to absorb key and essential nutrients that we eat in our food. Keeping a high protein diet in general is a brilliant idea if you want to lose weight or build muscle. When being physically active in anyway shape or form don’t skip the protein! Avoid fast food as much as humanly possible, it has no nutritional value and at the end of the day does nothing for you.