Bethany Kludt is a nursing student. Nursing programs are known for being demanding programs. On top of her academics, Bethany works as a waitress to pay her way through college and competes in National Physique Committee Bikini competitions throughout the year. She also enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and prioritizes working out and eating right. All of this equates to a busy schedule.
A healthy lifestyle is not always an easy habit to maintain as a college student, though. Days are busy, nights are long, and there is an abundance of easily accessible food that is not necessarily healthy. It is more than possible to lead a healthy lifestyle while in college, though. Here are a few tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle as a college student.
It is imperative that college students eat healthily and eat right. A good diet full of nutritional food will boost a college student’s immune system, maintain a healthy weight, and improve overall health. Eating breakfast is the first step in maintaining a healthy diet. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and gets everybody off on the right foot. Breakfast can be as easy as eating a granola bar on the way to class. College students should avoid skipping meals, but if they have to, then should snack and healthy food throughout the day like dried fruit, pretzels, or whole-wheat crackers. Lastly, college students should avoid eating fatty foods. This may be difficult considering what is offered in cafeterias, but there is always the salad bar.
Exercising is essential for college students to lead a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is good for the brain and will help students focus better in class and while doing homework. Students should sign up for intramural sports, walk to class, bike to class, and take advantage of any free or reduced memberships to gyms. Finding time to exercise might be difficult, but exercising at least 30 minutes a day can make a significant difference.
Getting enough sleep is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but like exercise, finding the time to get enough sleep can be difficult for college students. Sleep deprivation is unhealthy for the brain, causes headaches, leads to unhealthy weight loss, and is bad for muscle growth. College students should be getting between seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Obviously pulling an all-nighter and staying out with friends to the wee hours of the morning is all a part of the college experience, but those things should not happen all the time.
Lastly, it is important that college students wash their hands. They live on campus, in dorm buildings, spend time in large classrooms, and eat with hundreds of other people. Campuses are breeding ground for colds and the flu can spread rapidly. College students should wash their hands to maintain their health and for the benefit of others.
Bethany Kludt works hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that she can continue competing in bikini competitions and so that she do well in nursing school.