Let me start off my wishing you all a Happy New Year (although I’m sure it’s too far into January to still be saying that, sorry!). And with a new year also comes new year resolutions, "new year, new me" anyone? I’m sure 99% of the population have devoted themselves to being healthier in the new year so I thought I’d offer some tips and advice on how you can be healthy, even if you’re at university.
This is a bit of an obvious one, I know, but exercise doesn’t just have to be about going to the gym; it can be (surprisingly) fun if you find what works for you. Most universities offer an array of sports societies so why not give one a go this year and you could end up finding a new love. Youtube also has a wide variety of home-based exercises which is great if you’d rather not have people see you turn into a hot, sweaty mess. Exercise also has health benefits beyond the physical sense. It can relieve stress, improve memory, help you sleep better, and boost your overall mood! There should be no excuses now. Aim to exercise around twice a week and you’ll really reap all of the benefits that exercise can offer you.
With a lot of people climbing aboard the healthy eating bandwagon, you’ll be sure to find a multitude of healthy recipes online. Check out Pinterest or BBC Good Food if you need some inspiration. Eating better doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t mean giving up the food you love either. Don’t let social media suck you up in the good vs bad food dynamic either; everything is good in moderation. Aim for three meals a day with a snack in between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner to stop yourself getting too hungry. Cut down on eating out and takeaways and save them as a treat, rather than letting them become a habit. Some of you may find it helpful to meal plan for the week ahead and do a weekly shop to help you keep on track.
If you’re in your first year, I’m sure the novelty of bein