Living a healthy lifestyle is everyone's dream. But making it a reality is easier said than done. When you start out in college you tend to feel invincible and you probable won't be worrying about your health too much. But if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to keep up with the pace of college life. So to make sure life in the fast lane doesn't wear you out we've helpfully provided a few guidelines to a healthier lifestyle.
Importance of Fitness
We all know that physical activity is vital for our health and wellbeing. It reduces the risk of heart disease and conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy blood cholesterol levels and poor bone health.
Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week or – best of all – at least 30 minutes every day. Regular physical activity can help you maintain your weight, keep off weight that you lose and help you reach physical and cardiovascular fitness. If you can't do at least 30 minutes at one time, you can add up 10-minute sessions throughout the day.
Use up as many calories as you take in
Start by knowing how many calories should be eating and drinking to maintain your weight. The guideline daily amount for an average adult is about 2000 calories per day. This will obviously vary depending on the individual and their activity level. Consult a dietician if you have particular questions or concerns about your eating plan. Don't eat more calories than you know you can burn up every day. Most supermarkets have product information on there food items with details of how many calories and how much fat, salt and refined sugar is in their products.
Eat a variety of nutritious foods from all the food groups
You may be eating plenty of food, but your body may not be getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Nutrient-rich foods have vitamins, minerals, fibre and other nutrients but are lower in calories. To get the nutrients you need, choose foods like vegetables, fruits, whole-grain products and fat-free or low-fat dairy products most often.