Don’t fall into the classic pot noodle-munching pigeonhole. Student life is about so much more than couch slouching and junk food. As much as we all deserve to indulge in the luxury of lounging every once in a while, it is not something we should be looking to turn into an art form!
Prove your individuality, break the mould and escape the common student stereotype. Staying healthy while you study is essential for maintaining enough physical and mental energy for both work and play! It does not have to be a chore – far from it! In fact, being at university and living in shared accommodation opens up a plethora of health boosting opportunities.
Firstly you should be considering the kind of food you are consuming. In the words of the great literary legend Virginia Woolf: “One cannot think well, love well or sleep well if one has not dined well.” The lady wasn’t wrong. Our mind and bodies cannot perform well without being powered by the right kind of grub. Cold beans straight from the tin might be cheap and convenient, but that is about the extent of their associated benefits. To ensure your brain and brawn are functioning at optimum levels, you need to be eating a healthy balanced diet.
This does not mean breaking the bank as there are many ways to keep costs low. Shopping around is worthwhile: local markets offer great deals on fruit, vegetables and meat. Sharing costs for meals with flatmates is another great tip to keep costs down.
Secondly, ensure that you are getting enough exercise. You could potentially include dancing all night as a form of cardiovascular fitness; however, that all depends on the circumstances! It is of course important to get enough beauty sleep too. What with looming deadlines and a party every night of the week, it can be tough getting your head down. Make sure, despite all the distractions, that you try to settle into a healthy sleeping pattern.
Most universities offer an array of exciting sports clubs and facilities. Outdoor equipment is often available on uni campuses and is a fantastic way to work out. Open air exercise has a whole host of benefits – you can soak up some vitamin D while exercising in a stimulating and social environment. It’s a great way to meet like-minded people who also want to keep fit.
For universities, the benefits of investing in some outdoor exercise facilities for your students are second to none. Open air fitness areas provide a space for students to socialise and engage in healthy, productive activity. Encouraging an active lifestyle in turn boosts the health of students, meaning higher attendance and increased concentration; factors which are likely to boost results and promote a positive reputation for your establishment – and create a happy student population to boot!
Students, fight the inner sloth! Head outdoors for some invigorating exercise this term.