Staying healthy at University
If you’re looking for ways to be a little healthier whilst enjoying the social perks of student life, then a few super-simple steps could be all it takes.
Switch to lighter options
When it comes to the food we buy in stores, it can be shocking just how bad for us that stuff really is. But, everyone deserves a treat, right? The low fat, low calorie, low sugar versions mean you can eat the same amounts without the health consequences. Be careful of juicing or shake diet trends – they claim a lot of ‘proven’ results, but without consulting your doctor, it’s not really advisable.
Eat ‘Super Foods’
While we all know roughly which foods are ‘good’ for us and which are ‘bad’ (and it’s absolutely fine to have a mix, in moderation), some food choices are better than others. Try experimenting with sweet potato, for example, which has far more health benefits than its other potato-ey cousin! Other great, tasty options are kale, lentils, and salmon, but there are so many different ones to choose for a yummy change. Even just something as simple as going for wholemeal bread or pasta can make a world of difference.
Learn to cook from scratch
Please, feel free to enjoy a quick dinner from the microwave or a takeaway from time to time – we should all be allowed our vices! But you’ve got great kitchens in Liberty Living for a reason – use them! There are tons of recipes online, as well as fab cookery blogs you can follow. It doesn’t matter what you’re making, the fact it’s home cooked will do you a world of good.
Now, hold on a second. This doesn’t mean ‘wake up the students in the flat below you’ by jumping around at all hours. But there are some exercises you can do in your rooms. For example, you can buy some weights and do some sets of reps, or even do some stretching for flexibility (great for every sport) from right here on your bed in student accommodation! There are workout DVDs you can do from home, as well as great facilities throughout uni like gyms, swimming pools and teams to join. Being active won’t just make you look awesome, it will come in handy for everything from feeling more alive, to having more stamina to work hard in class. Nice.
Lay off with the alcohol
Now I just sound preachy, right? In my final year of University, I really cut back on what was, in reflection, some pretty bad binge drinking habits. Like a lot of students in my first year, we’d party hard, often. But when I cut down, I noticed I felt like I had more energy, more motivation and, whilst I still wasn’t a morning person, I felt better in general and so did my purse – bonus! If you are struggling though, there’s no shame heading to Drink Aware for facts and advice, and make sure you’re never pressured into things you don’t want to do.
Posted on 1st July 2014 by Claire L.
Claire Louise Sheridan lives and works in Peterborough. She recently graduated with a degree in English and Communication Studies from the University of Liverpool.