Many people describe their time spent at university as some of the best years of their life. It’s a time of change and learning, you move away from home and get the opportunity to discover a lot more about your subject and yourself.
But when you are at university it can become difficult for you to stay healthy. You are surrounded by people from all over the place and it becomes inevitable that you will at some point suffer from ‘freshers flu’. You will also tend to get caught up in the university lifestyle of partying and drinking on a regular basis. Everywhere you turn there are obstacles that seem to prevent you from living a healthy lifestyle. It seems like you can’t have a healthy life whilst making the most out of university life.
But this isn’t true, you don’t have to sacrifice the ‘university lifestyle’ in order to stay healthy. It is possible to have the best of both worlds, by enjoying yourself but staying healthy at the same time.
Here are 5 top tips that will help you stay healthy whilst making the most of your time at university.
Do A Little Excercise
You don’t have to go overboard and force yourself to do two hours of exercise a day. All you need to do is do a bit of exercise every now and then, and you can choose what you want that exercise to be.
At university are plenty of opportunities to get involved with sports. So the best advice is to pick something that you enjoy doing and it won’t seem like a chore. There’s even more benefits to getting involved with sports than just doing it to keep yourself healthy. You may make friends at these clubs that end up being friends far beyond your university days.
If you don’t want to join a sports club you can just do something else like going for a run or a brisk walk, the choice is yours.
Try To Get Enough Sleep
We know that during your freshers week you aren’t going to come close to getting a solid 8 hours of sleep a night. But once freshers week has passed and the partying calms down a bit it is more than possible to get enough sleep.
Getting enough sleep is vital as it gives your body time to repair and rejuvenate. If you want to make the most of university you don’t want to be constantly tired and have to make a real effort in order to keep your eyes open.
Just make sure that when you are not going out on a night out you get a reasonable amount of sleep. Another great tip is that if you know you won’t be able to get the sleep you need try napping for a couple of hours sometime during the day.
Have Some Down Time
At university it is fundamental that you allow yourself to have some downtime, to step back and relax for a little while. All the reading, assignments, preparation and partying can take it’s toll that can have adverse affects on your health.
The key is to set some time aside when you know you can relax and forget about everything for a short space of time. Just do something you enjoy such as reading a book (that’s not university related), going shopping or meeting up with friends to have a coffee.
Go Easy On The Junk Food
It can become so easy to avoid cooking your own food and resorting to buying takeaway food when you are at university. Many people are aware of what is called the ‘freshman fifteen’, which is where freshers put on 15 pounds during freshers week.
Allow yourself to have a take away every now and then but try to cook your own food as much as you can. We know that students often don’t have the money to splash out on really good food. But we can assure you whatever you cook will be better for you than take away foods.
We mentioned in the introduction that catching freshers flu is inevitable. However you can really help yourself out, and reduce the chances of catching other illnesses by making sure you have all the necessary vaccinations before you head off you university. Simply check with your GP and make sure your vaccinations are all up to date. It doesn’t take long at all and will really help you out.
By author Richard Orban, on behalf of Lenses Online. Lenses is the biggest source for discount contact lenses in New Zealand! Follow Richard’s occasional rants on twitter!