When it comes to higher education, there are many factors that come into play, and there’s a lot going on, so it can be hard to fit certain important things into your busy schedule. For example, many students don’t get enough sleep because of the workload they have in front of them. While this is, in and of itself, a major societal problem that needs to be addressed, we need a way to mitigate this and other problems in the now while we wait diligently and do our parts to make those changes moving forward. Perhaps the biggest deficit in the life of an average college student is that of fitness. Fitness can be a struggle, no matter who you are, and so a student over burdened with studying, homework, and more would be hard pressed to find the time and energy to maintain their fitness and overall health. This is a major problem, as poor health has a number of negative effects on people both in the moment and down the road, so it’s in our best interest to do what we can with what we have to lead happier and healthier lives. Here are a few tips on how to fit fitness into your college schedule.
First and foremost, let’s talk about diet. Many of us Americans, and college kids in particular, depend heavily on processed foods to create kitchen shortcuts to save us precious time. However, the convenience of these food items is offset by the nutritional deficit as a result of fillers and preservatives. Therefore, it’s best to cut these foods out of your diet. Instead, you should be eating home cooked meals made with fresh ingredients. However, a student might not have time to cook everyday while doing school work and studying. However, this is a simple solution to this problem in the form of meal prep. Meal prepping is the practice of cooking food in bulk all at once and then dividing it into portions to be reheated and eaten throughout the week. Using a couple hours on the weekend to cook your food for the entire school week will save you a ton of time and money and, more importantly, improve your health. If you’re also trying to lose weight, meal substitutes like those of Weight Watchers can save you even more time and aid you in your quest to lose weight.