With one holiday under the belt (literally), another on the way, and exam week just around the corner, the need for fitness has never been greater! A healthy body means a healthy mind, getting you one step closer to dominating “Work” Forest. Follow these easy tips and you’re on the right track!
1) Less soda, more water
It’s easy to reach for a coke over water when you’re in study mode, but sugary sodas pack on the calories and make it easier for you to crash and burn. Water is the best choice when choosing a drink. It’s not only the best source of hydration, but it also removes waste from the body and encourages brain function.
2) Take the stairs
Nothing is better for your body than physical activity. It revs your metabolism and gives you more energy so you can make it through your demanding schedule. You don’t have to go on a 5 mile run every day to achieve the right amount of physical activity—every little bit helps. Take the shuttle to campus? Try walking (if it’s safe, of course). Need to go to the 8th floor of the library? Say no to the elevator and yes to the stairs. Time for a study break? Try taking a stroll around campus with a friend instead of downing another latte. Anything is better than nothing!
3) Sleeping is good
It may seem like common sense, but the necessary amount of sleep is the key to brain function. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night and you’re guaranteed to feel more rested, more energized, and ready for whatever comes your way.
4) Late night studying should not equal late night junk eating
Though you try to avoid them, all-nighters sometimes seem inevitable. We’ve all been there: it’s 3AM, you’ve just started your ten-page paper, and suddenly the snack cravings creep up on you. Fight the urge for Cook Out and reach for something healthier, like an apple. You’ll save gas, money, and calories. Plus, the Vitamin C that comes from fruits and vegetables strengthens your immune system, keeping you healthy and happy during exams.
5) Eat breakfast
You may be surprised to find out that your mother was right: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast not only gives you the energy to start a new day but also keeps you from over-eating throughout the day. Eating in the morning boosts your metabolism so you’re likely to eat less, keeping you from snacking on unhealthy food. Satisfying your hunger in the morning also increases concentration and performance in the classroom!