Simple Swaps for a Healthier Lifestyle

Being healthy is hard. I struggle with making good decisions for my body and wanting to give in to tempting treats. When you are a student with so much on your mind, sometimes you need a list of positive choices to help you get started. You don’t have to wait until New Year’s to make a resolution- the time is now.

1. Take a PE class

It is hard to motivate myself to exercise on my own. Thus, I suggest signing up for a PE class. You will meet new people and not have to make up a routine, which is the factor I hate most about working out on my own. You can gain a new hobby by taking badminton, kickboxing, weight lifting, or swimming. I also use PE classes as a way to bond with friends. After all, nothing creates better bonds than getting competitive on the court!

2. Take eye breaks from your computer

Eyes need a break, too! Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from screens by looking at an object 20 feet away. To prevent your eyes from feeling dry and tired, also consider reducing the blue light on your computer. Too much exposure to blue light can cause eye strain. You can download an application to do so, or if you have a Mac you can turn on Night Shift.

3. Drink water

Hydrate! Dehydration affects your functionality and health. According to The Institute of Medicine, men should drink a total of 13 cups (about three liters) of fluid each day. For women, they suggest 9 cups (a little over two liters) of fluid each day. Pregnant women should drink about 10 cups of water daily, and those who breastfeed need about 12 cups.

4. Swap soda for other beverages

I know they're not the same as Coca-Cola, but substitute beverages can really help you cut down on sugar. Sparkling water gives you that bubbling feeling like soda without the sugar. Putting fruit in your water adds a pop of freshness that can help if you don’t enjoy plain water. Kombucha is fizzy and yummy; it's a bit of an acquired taste, but is very zingy once you get used to it.

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5. Journal your thoughts and feelings

A few deep breaths while jotting down the rage you feel about your English essay will help ease your mental frustration. Do not keep your emotions bottled up.

If you can commit to at least one of these swaps, you will be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle. I'm sending positive vibes and wishing you all the best of luck these last few weeks of the quarter!