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September 10, 2016

Staying Healthy in College

The freshman 15, the sophomore slump, the junior gut, and the senior “Oh wow, you’ve changed,” are all the outcome of lots of studying, little sleep, late night snacking and no exercise. So, how does one fend off the all-too-typical college weight gain? Here are five helpful tips to staying healthy while at Geneva College.

Tip 1: Keep a Sleep Schedule

One of the best things a college student can do is keep a sleep schedule. This means getting 8 hours a night pretty regularly. It sounds ridiculous to ask a college student on a college schedule to get to bed at a reasonable hour. But trust me - it will affect your body in a healthy way and also help you function mentally throughout the day. It could mean that you can actually give an answer when the professor calls on you in class.

Tip 2: Three Meals A day

The most frequent thing to happen while in college is to sleep through the alarm and leave just enough time to swing by the library to grab a cup of coffee before walking into class. This may seem perfectly acceptable; however, a cup of coffee does not give your body the nutrition it needs to function. Try waking up just five minutes sooner and having a granola bar and piece of fruit before rushing out the door. Also, make sure to not skip meals throughout the day - your body will start to panic because it is not getting the nutrition it needs. Each time you do this to yourself, your body starts to store more and more nutrition because it does not know when its next meal will be, and that’s when that added weight starts to pile up. Do not skip out on meals; your body will thank you for it, and maybe a few professors will as well.

Tip 3: Use self-control

This is a hard one because for the first time in your life you now have access to ice cream every meal of the day without Mom guarding the freezer door. However, even though trying every flavor is fun and a definite “must do,” you do not have to try every flavor within a week’s span. Many of those flavors rotate in and out of the dining hall. If you miss it the first time, just give it a couple of weeks and it will reappear. Show self-control during meals at Alexander Hall and the Brig. Yes, the food is good and dessert is the best part, but you do not actually need to have a dessert every meal. Once a day is usually a good rule of thumb or, if you want to be super healthy, try going for just three times a week or less.

Tip 4: Have a Colorful plate

This one is actually a fun one! Make sure your meal plate is colorful. This means there are greens (vegetables), reds (fruit), purples (proteins) and oranges (grains). Note: a colorful plate consisting of different colored Jello cubes is cheating. Balance your meals with the variety of colors of nutrition and do not let the freshman 15 catch you unawares.

Tip 5: Go for a walk

This one is the hardest ones for me because when stress hits, the first thing to go is the exercise. But walking is a quick and easy way to relieve stress. Just walking to the “G,” is a way to let go of all the stress of homework, roommate drama and relationships. It will help to clear the mind and allow your body to release all of the pent up tension held in its muscles.

Alright students, these are five tips to live healthy while at Geneva, but now the challenge is sticking to them. You are can do it, because, after all you are a golden tornado and not some silly wolverine. "Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?" - 1 Corinthians 6:19.   

-Hannah Beckhusen ‘16