Tons of college students over-book themselves and create crazy, frenzied schedules. Does this scenario sound familiar? If you are like most students, you are probably too busy to think about your health. In fact, you may not think about your well-being at all – until you run yourself down and end up with an awful cold or worse. Don’t let this happen to you. Here are some useful tips for all of you busy college students out there. Follow these suggestions and you’ll see that you can be busy and stay healthy at the same time.
Put healthy food at eye level:
Next time you’re out food shopping, stock up on healthy foods and snacks. When you get home, put them in your line of sight so they’ll be right there when you enter the kitchen. Because they’re in your sight, they’ll be the first things you reach for. For example, go out and get some Greek yogurt and put it at eye-level in your fridge. Get some healthy soups and quinoa to put at eye-level in your cabinets.
Make food in large batches:
You can’t be that busy that you don’t have an hour or two on a Sunday to cook a big healthy meal that can be lunch or dinner a few times throughout the week! You can make a big serving of brown rice and roast some veggies, and, for lunch or dinner on the days you’re super busy, just take a scoop of rice and eat tons of pre-made veggies. Remember to cook food that will stay fresh in the fridge for a few days.
De-junk your kitchen:
I realize that this may break your heart, but go through your fridge and cabinets and get rid of all the unhealthy snacks—chips, crackers, frozen goodies, junk food and sugary snacks—and either give them away or throw them out. You don’t need those kinds of foods tempting you when you’re tired and stressed! When you’re really busy and don’t have much time, it’s too easy for reach for one of those unhealthy foods rather than grab something healthy. Make it easier on the “future-you” and tell present day you to chuck all that now!
Always have a healthy snack in your bag:
Grab some healthy non-perishable foods, like a baggie filled with almonds, or an orange, and stick them in your backpack or your purse. You never know when your appetite is going to kick in, and this way you’ll be prepared to munch on something nutrient rich. Get snacks that have both protein and healthy carbs, like those peanut butter squeeze packs or trail mix.
Learn to make a few easy go-to healthy meals:
Of course there are going to be times when you come home late and you’re exhausted and all you want to do is order Chinese food. When you’re exhausted, you’re more likely to indulge in unhealthy food. Collect a couple of really easy-to-make healthy meal options, and make sure they won’t take you any time at all! Be sure to always keep the ingredients in your house so you’ll have no excuse for ordering that pizza. Try instant brown rice and frozen veggies and make a quick stir-fry. You can also find tons of recipes on Pinterest.
Pencil in your workouts:
It’s easy to tell yourself “I’ll workout next week, I’m just too busy this week.” If you’re organized and keep a planner or calendar, schedule in workouts! Write it down in your school planner, it quickly type it in your phone, like “30 minute run.” If you write down exactly what type of exercise you plan on doing, you will be more likely to think of it as just another appointment in your planner and you’ll stick to it.
Don’t rely on sugar or caffeine:
Having a cup of coffee in the morning is different than chugging coffee throughout the day just to stay awake. When people are pressed for time and stressed, they tend to turn to stimulants such as coffee for a quick surge of energy. But, after that initial kick that coffee gives you, when it wears off you’re going to be more tired than you were before.
Find a workout buddy:
Find a friend who is just as busy as you are. Get a gym buddy that will make you feel accountable to her and makes exercising more enjoyable. The two of you don’t have to run on the two treadmills next to each other, also; you can go to the gym together and say, “let’s stay here for 30 minutes” and then the two of you go off and do your own thing. You will be less likely to bail on the gym if you know that a friend is expecting you there at a certain time.
Being busy does not have to mean you are unhealthy. Whether it’s finding a friend to workout with or just keeping healthier food options in your house, being healthy and keeping on the right track is important and easy.