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Fitness and Food: 8 Tips for Students who want to stay fit

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A lot of people tend to stick to fads and trends when it comes to diet and a healthy lifestyle. If a celebrity does this miracle workout or eats this “magic bullet” meal, then it automatically becomes a trend that a lot of people follow. Most of the time, these diets do work for a select few individuals.

However, it’s a good thing to keep in mind that these celebrities have personal trainers. Their work involves them in getting that hard, chiseled body for a role they are going to portray. You may have a hard time following their routine. For College Students, staying fit and being healthy is a difficult thing to do, especially if you’re juggling studies and some part-time work. 

A lot of students often end up having severe diseases that shouldn’t usually be in their age bracket. Diseases like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Renal Problems, etc. are just some examples of these conditions. These illnesses often come from improper health habits, unhealthy food choices, and a sedentary lifestyle. 

In the first part of this article, we’ll talk about essential reminders when working out. In the second part, we’ll discuss some food facts that students should know about. 

Fitness

Again, too much of a good thing is bad. What good is the energy you get from food when you don’t utilize it? Thankfully, a lot of students nowadays know the importance of staying healthy by eating right and working out. However, working out does provide you a lot of benefits only if done right. In this section, we’ll talk about tips for working out the right way:

Wearing the right gear

Going to the gym or working out is a tough thing to do, especially if you’re a student. However, most students find the time to work out and end up in excellent condition. For those starting, wear the right gear when working out.

The proper gear such as the right clothes, shoes for lifting, belts, gloves, etc. will significantly protect you from high impact exercises. Due to the nature of these activities, a person can quickly get an injury from not having the right gear. Do your workouts with the correct equipment, and you’ll be sure to stay away from nagging injuries.

Buddy System

A buddy system can improve the way you work out. For one, getting a buddy to work out with you can reduce stress, provide healthy competition, and motivation. You’ll both feed off of your competitiveness, which often results in the both of you getting more fit and healthy.

Sleep!

Putting in the right hours for everything is essential. And that includes getting the correct amount of sleeping hours. Don’t take it as slacking off. Sleeping helps the body recuperate from a tough day’s work. It de-stresses your brain from studying and classes. 

Don’t overwork yourself, whether it’s going to the gym or studying. Instead of losing weight and gaining knowledge, the reverse happens. Without proper sleep, you can actually earn more pounds, and you’ll have a hard time concentrating when it comes to your classes.

Ingenuity pays off

When you’re out of time because of deadlines and stuff, stop and pause for a while. Look at some activities where you can sneak in a good workout. Every little thing matters, and if you’re diligent enough, the payouts are incredible.

Think of the time you were watching t.v. to relax. Why not workout while watching your favorite show? How about the time you were going to your class? Instead of the elevator, why not use the stairs for a good cardio workout? Instead of commuting, why not try walking or even better, how about biking to class? 

Food

You are what you eat. Most people hear that saying, but don’t know what it means. Eating is a vital part of life, and no one can deny that munching on something that tastes amazing is an experience to behold. However, too much of a good thing is bad. This section is where we talk about food, the source of your energy when you work out:

Omega-3 and the Good Cholesterol

Most of the time, when people think of cholesterol, they immediately think of greasy burgers, bacon, and other unhealthy treats. Most of them consider cholesterol as bad for the body. However, there are classifications of cholesterol that the body recognizes as healthy. 

HDL or High-Density Lipoproteins are the good cholesterol which helps lower the risk of a heart attack. LDL or Low-Density Lipoproteins are bad cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart attacks and obesity. Typically found in deep-sea fish such as tuna, Omega-3 is a healthy oil which pairs up with HDL and makes the body more healthy. 

Veggies can make you Healthy

Eating vegetables does make a person healthy. Admit it, most of us don’t like veggies because of their taste and smell. In reality, behind the awful taste and smell of most vegetables, these plants are packed with vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients.

Eating vegetables does make you healthy, but be sure to check your sources. Pesticide filled crops often defeat the benefits of healthy veggies. When preparing such food, it’s a good idea to wash them before cooking thoroughly. Another foolproof way to avoid such chemicals is by going organic. 

Supplements can never replace Food

Although taking supplements is an excellent way to acquire vitamins and nutrients, these small pills simply cannot replace the nutritional value of food. It’s a worrying trend that a lot of nutrition enthusiasts insist on Nutritionism. The basics of nutritionism argue that the same nutrients in food are also in supplements. 

No amount of supplements can ever replace real, organic food. The taste, the smell, the nutritional values, everything that comes from good-natured food is too good to give up. And no amount of supplements can heal a lifestyle that depends on a bad diet.

Processed food is never good

Canned goods, easy to cook ramen, oven dinners, and junk food easily fit into the diets of most college students nowadays. Although a lot of processed food often gives us convenience, over-consumption of these foods is harmful. In fact, during the “processing” of these foods, a lot of essential and healthy components are lost.

Healthy components such as fiber get removed and get replaced with unhealthy trans fat, sugar, and anything refined. Preservatives and other additives such as coloring also are dangerous for the health. When trying to eat healthily, try eating real, organic food.

Takeaway

As a student, a lot of people often have a hard time being healthy and fit. However, the trend today is that a surprisingly increasing amount of students are starting to take note of their health. Indeed, everything about a student is a tough balancing act.

Balancing your studies, your health, and the little things that matter is a tough but rewarding experience for those who put in the effort. Exercise properly, sleep well, eat well, study hard, and party harder later on!

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