How I stay healthy in college

I share all of my collected tips and tricks to stay healthy while in college!

Hello everyone!

Staying healthy while in college can be such a challenge. I try my best to keep a balanced diet and a regular workout routine. However, with the work we all have it can be hard to stay healthy and stay afloat at the same time. In my three years at college, I’ve learned a couple tricks to keep myself on track, while keeping up with my schoolwork.

Schedule manageable workouts.

To do this, I use fitness apps to your advantage. I like to use Tone It Up’s app, but lately I’ve been using Kayla Itsine’s Sweat app. Both of these apps send me reminders on my phone, telling me to work out. These little pop-ups can be big motivators, and sometimes that’s all I need. A little nudge.

Also, these apps have workouts that aren’t too time-consuming. Usually they take thirty, maybe forty minutes of my time. Honestly, that’s probably the same amount of time I waste on Instagram a day. Probably even more! There are lots of great workouts on YouTube that are less than forty minutes, click here to see some of my recommendations!

Research your college’s meal options.

My college, and hopefully, most universities, list the nutrition facts of all of the food they make in a word document they have online. They also list the weekly menu in advance, so I can plan ahead. I look at both documents frequently to figure out what I plan on eating. This may seem a little extra, but as a vegetarian, I find it difficult to eat well on any given day without some planning.

I go to a small school so the offerings in the cafeteria aren’t too varied. So, if I don’t particularly like what I see on the menu, I try to bring some things with me to lunch as a supplement. For example, I’ll bring along a yogurt or wrap in my bag to eat and pair with the veggies they have on the menu. There’s also always the option to ask for a veggie burger to be thrown on the grill.

Stock up on healthy (dorm friendly) snacks.

I’m a fan or carrots and hummus. Nutritious, filling, and not much of a mini-fridge hog. Another favorite in my room is chips with guacamole. However, for a quick grab in the morning, I try to keep Kind and Nature Valley bars on hand.

Surround yourself with supportive (and like-minded) friends.

If your friends are health conscious and work out, it’ll be easy to keep a healthier lifestyle in college. It’s just that simple. If you’re the only one who goes to the gym in your friend group, it’s a lot harder to motivate yourself. However, if you have a few gym buddies, they can keep you accountable and make your workout fun!

Know your college’s fitness program.

Does your college have a gym? A track? A dance studio? Are there special fitness classes made available to you? Take advantage of any and all amenities you’re entitled to as a student enrolled at your college. Whether that means a Yoga class on campus or a discount at a local gym (if you don’t have one on campus, as well). Honestly, I try to take as many opportunities for free fitness offerings on campus I can. And thankfully, my college’s fitness programs have lots to offer. Do your research, ask around campus, and see what your options are!

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I hope this was helpful in your pursuit of a healthier lifestyle on campus. If you have any tips or tricks you live by to be healthier, leave them in the comments below!

XOXO

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Photo cred: Cyril Saulnier on Unsplash 

How to survive dorm showers!

I share with you all of the things that make showering in a dorm easier!

Hello everyone!

I have a confession to make. I absolutely hate showering  at least while I’m here at school. It can be super uncomfortable to shower in a more public place than your own personal shower at home. But over the years, I’ve discovered ways to make myself want to shower, or even just to get me into the stall. These tips can even be applied to all you gym-going girls out there, because it all works pretty similarly! Here are some of the essentials I’ve come up with over the years here at college to make showering more fun… Or bearable.

 

Find shower shoes with traction.

Take it from me. Foam flip-flops are great for the beach, but they don’t make the cut when they’re completely waterlogged from the showers. I ditched my pair pretty quickly freshman year after I slipped coming out of the shower. Funnily enough, I found my trust shower flip-flops at the beach. They have major traction, and they’ve made it this far to junior year, so they have held up great so far! Invest in a pair with material isn’t too absorbent and has good traction so you don’t fall.

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Nice smelling soaps and hair products you’ll want to use.

Maybe even look forward to using! Recently, I’ve been loving the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner, which is an old favorite I’ve used since I was a kid. Also, I’ve recently discovered this Beauty & Planet Coconut and Ylang Ylang body wash that smells so good! Because I love how these smell and how they feel, I look forward to using them. Gathering products like these that you’ll enjoy will motivate you to go take that shower… It’s the little things!

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A plastic shower caddy with room to spare.

I say get one with room because you never want to find that you’re missing an essential in the middle of your shower. It’s the absolute worst to trudge down the hall to get your shampoo while you’re drenched. So, get yourself a big caddy like this from Target and keep all your things inside it. That way, you’re never without your razor or conditioner when you’re in need of it.

A playlist you love. (And a speaker to go with.)

Maybe even to sing along to, if you’re so inclined! If I’m in the mood to sing, I go with Britney Spears. Other days, I go with Japanese House’s “Clean” and “Pools to Bathe In” EPs (I write more about this band here), if I’m in a more reflective mood. Compose a playlist of songs you love and can get lost in while you shower. If you’re listening to good music, you won’t hear… Whatever else you’re liable to hear going on in a dorm bathroom.

As for a speaker, I got a Bluetooth speaker for Christmas two years ago that I love (this SCS speaker). However, my Iphone’s speaker does just as well if I angle it into the corner of one of the tiled walls (which helps with the resonance). Because me being me, I forget to charge the Bluetooth speaker sometimes.

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If there’s anything that helps you deal with the showers, or even college dorms, leave it in the comments below!

XOXO

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