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Healthy Habits You Should Start in College

1 Sleep.

Get a good night's rest. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed, leave your worries behind you, and sip some chamomile tea. Go to bed early. Make sure you go to bed before you feel exhausted. Pushing yourself to stay up for the news or the end of a TV show means you are probably cheating yourself out of your much-needed sleep.

Wake up earlier. Give yourself just 30 extra minutes in the morning and you will be amazed at how much more you can accomplish before starting your day. Many people snooze for at least this long, so just try getting out of bed instead.

Just sleep enough. The range of sleep a person needs is highly individualized. Some people get by just fine with six hours a night while others need closer to nine. Find out how much sleep you really need.

2 Eat. Everyone has to do it, but how you do it can make a big difference for your health. Start these healthy habits to guarantee you're putting the best food in your body.

  • Breakfast. Eat a healthy breakfast every morning to get your day off to a good start.
  • Balance. Don't just live on ramen noodles. Get a balance of several fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins.
  • Water. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated and keep your body running smoothly.
  • Fast food. The saturated fats and generally poor food quality of fast food is not something you want to keep putting in your body. Reducing fast food as much as you can now is a great habit to start.

3 Exercise. Getting in the exercise habit is one thing you will be happy for all your life. The following exercises are easy to do, and are perfect for fitting into a busy schedule.

  • Run. Get in a quick run any time of the day for an easy, low-cost way to exercise.
  • Walk. If running isn't your thing or you just need to give your body a rest, walking is an excellent form of exercise.
  • Stretch. It can be as simple as bending down to touch your toes or as elaborate as a workout routine, but stretching will get your blood flowing. Try these easy stretches.
  • Swim. Whether you have access to a swimming pool or a natural body of water, swimming is an excellent workout for your body and offers some quiet time for your mind.
  • Bicycle. Jump on your bike, whether it's stationary or the traditional kind that can take you places. Cycling is good for your heart and if you are lucky enough to ride outside, the fresh air is good for you too.
  • Dance. Fulfill your childhood dream of being a ballerina or just get down with your funky self and make up your own dance steps to your favorite music. Dance is a fun form of exercise that you can do in the privacy of your own room or at a club with friends.


4 Physical Health. Taking care of your health when you are young may seem unnecessary, but starting now with healthy habits will help you be healthier later in life too.

  • Vitamins. Get in the habit of taking vitamins every day so that you can rest assured you are giving your body all that it needs to function well.
  • Check-ups. Visit your doctor at least once a year to ensure you are staying healthy.
  • Dentist. Visit your dentist and get your teeth cleaned twice a year. Dental health is not only a good hygiene habit, it can also promote better overall health.
  • Weight. Maintain a healthy weight. Constantly losing and gaining large amounts of weight is not good for your body.
  • Smoking. Stop smoking right now or don't be tempted to start if you don't already smoke. It's easier to stop this habit early in life.
  • Alcohol. Learn early on that alcohol in moderation is not only better for your body, but leaves others with a impression of your self control.

5 Mental Health. No matter if you are in college juggling courses, work, friends, and family or if you are juggling a career, spouse, and children, you need to know how to take care of yourself in the face of stress. These habits will help you do just that.

  • Let go. Don't hold on to anger or grudges. Learn to let those annoyances go so you can focus on more positive things.
  • Meditate. Set aside a few minutes every day for quiet meditation. This can be as simple as sitting peacefully and becoming aware of your breathing and how your body feels. Read this blog post for how to dismiss distractions while you are learning to meditate.
  • Slow down. Frantically rushing around all day to get everything done is not a good way to live. Slow down and appreciate your day.
  • Emotions. Keep in touch with your emotions. Pretending you don't have certain feelings such as anger, sadness, or loneliness will just push these feeling down until they come back out in less than ideal ways. Identify your emotions and accept them for what they are.
  • Think positively. You will feel empowered to make things happen and to appreciate what you've already accomplished.
  • Read a book. In busy lives, it can be difficult to find time for quiet recreation. Give yourself 10 or 15 minutes to read a book or magazine each day.
  • Smile. Smile and laugh often. Not only will a happy demeanor help you feel better, it will also affect those around you.
  • Thank the universe. No matter how you thank the universe, be it through prayer or simply acknowledging the beauty of the sunset, take a moment to be appreciative for your day.



Leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the best decisions one will ever make, it which will impact on all aspects of your life physical, mental, and emotional. The issue of healthy lifestyles is an important one. A healthy lifestyle is a valuable resource for reducing the incidence and impact of health problems, enabling you better to cope with life stressors, as well as improving your quality of life.

Many health problems can be prevented or at least their occurrence postponed by having a healthy lifestyle. Many health issues are addressed with exercise, nutrition, stress management and other healthy lifestyle practices.

No matter what your age or where you are in your life today, it is never too late to improve your lifestyle, to make the most of your health and wellbeing. Developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will change your life, and this will be for the better.



1 World Health Statistics 2011;

2 World Health Organization 2011;

3 Kazakhstan Health system review (2007); Maksut Kulzhanov , Bernd Rechel;

4 Healthy lifestyle programs for physical activity and nutrition, Resource sheet no. 9 produced by the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse January 2012;


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