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Improving Your Physical and Mental Health in College

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Pace chapter.

Since moving to college, I feel the healthiest I’ve ever been. I know it’s a common belief that the freshman fifteen infiltrates its way into most freshmen’s lives, but I personally have not had this experience yet. It’s all about finding what works best for you and what makes you feel good. Being here in college has introduced me to various accessible ways to stay healthy.

I used to go to the gym on and off back home for a while, but it was always difficult having to get a membership and whatnot. Having a gym in my dorm building that is always accessible to me has helped me get back into the routine of working out. Since I moved here, I’ve made it a part of my routine to go to the gym for about an
hour and a half four or five days a week. This has helped me feel more energized and active at college. It’s super important to remember that the body does need rest though, so I try to not overdo it and make sure I give myself at least two, if not more, rest days a week. I’ve also finally perfected my workout to find the right routine for
me. Going to the gym not only has physical benefits but mental benefits as well. I was, and still am, struggling with being homesick like a lot of college students, but going to the gym allows me to take my mind off of that and have an escape.

There is a lot of controversy over school food and the nutritious value schools supply to their students. Personally, I’ve found a lot of good options here at Pace University. I feel like I’m eating more and choosing healthier choices. Being provided with a meal plan has really helped me in eating as much as I should and making healthier choices.
I’ve been replacing some of my unhealthier snacks with more nutritional options, like fruit and vegetables, as well as better meal options, like salads. But I still enjoy foods that aren’t as healthy (in moderation). I’ve definitely been more focused on moderation and I feel mentally and physically healthier because of it.

Living in New York City has exposed me to a lot of walking. I did a lot of walking back home while working at Target, but I was never used to walking everywhere. Living here, even not going to the gym every day, walking everywhere helps me feel like I’m still being active and getting some movement in daily. Plus, walking through this beautiful city is an added bonus.

Overall, I know moving to college can be a stressful time for a lot of people, but I genuinely think finding the right way to keep yourself healthy and active can make the transition much easier. Whether it be working out or finding another way to keep your body moving, it will definitely make you feel better physically and mentally. I also think
moderation is super important when it comes to food, and personally, being more aware of my food choices has helped me feel healthier overall.

Brynn Theurer is a sophomore at Pace University, with this also being her second year in the Her Campus chapter. She enjoys contributing to the club by writing articles about different topics, ranging from activities to do around the city to entertainment, including new music and books. Aside from publishing articles for Her Campus, Brynn is currently a sophomore majoring in English, Language, and Literature with a minor in Journalism and Digital Storytelling. She enjoys contributing to HerCampus as it helps prepare her for her desired career of journalism. In her free time, Brynn enjoys surrounding herself with friends and family, going to the gym, and reading new books. She is a music fanatic and is almost always watching “Friends” when given the chance. She also enjoys the occasional shopping spree, and of course she enjoys writing whenever able. A fun fact about Brynn is that she currently has seventeen tattoos and twelve piercings, and plans to get more throughout her life.