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How to Manage Fitness and stress

 Everyone knows that eating a balanced diet, exercising, and getting enough rest are the keys to staying healthy. During college, however, it seemed like an impossible task. when you are The company of friends or the stress of coursework. Despite your college lifestyle, here are some tips for staying healthy.

Nutrition

Eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods.Your body actually needs more than 40 different nutrients to stay healthy, and they come from more than one source. Your daily food choices should include a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, fruits, vegetables, and dairy. Check out the USDA Food Guide at mypyramid.gov.

 Eat moderate portions. It's easier to eat what you want and maintain a healthy, balanced diet if you keep your portion sizes moderate and reasonable. What is the moderate portion? A medium-sized serving of fruit is one serving. A cup of pasta is worth 2, and a pint of ice cream contains 4.

 DO NOT SKIP MEALS. Skipping meals can lead to runaway hunger and often lead to overindulgence. If you're pressed for time, snacking in between meals can help. Just make sure you have at least two balanced meals.

Do not eliminate certain foods.Because our bodies need a variety of nutrients, eliminating all salt, fat and sugar from our diets is a bad idea unless a medical professional tells us to. Choosing healthier options, such as fat-free or low-fat dairy, will help you maintain a balanced diet.

 Foods are not good or bad.  It’s all about portion control!

 Drink water!  Stay away from cola and other sugary sodas, which contain up to 17 teaspoons of sugar per 20-ounce drink! Sugar is a source of empty calories and depletes your body of important vitamins and minerals. Water not only helps to hydrate but also helps with blood circulation and removes toxins from our body body and regulate our body temperature.

 Avoid too much caffeine. Caffeine is a mildly addictive drug that can affect your sleep and concentration, as well as bodily functions like muscle function and waste removal.

Fitness and stress management

 Be active 

  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of activity every day. If the thought of sweating at the gym for hours on end doesn't sound appealing to you, go outside and play a game of Ultimate Frisbee. Or try going for a walk or run. The important thing is that you get moving!

 Relax 

  • Get yourself organized to eliminate unnecessary and preventable stress.
  • Turn off the TV and listen to music.
  • Make time every day to relax and reflect, even if it's only 15 minutes.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Do at least 30 minutes of quiet relaxation activities, such as reading, at night before bed.
  • Resist the temptation to use sleeping pills under pressure such as writing papers and studying.
  • Sleep is not a waste of time! It is as important and necessary as nutrition and exercise.

Social health

Engage and meet people in a positive environment. Often times, adjusting to college can be difficult, especially when students leave the support system they've known all their lives. Whether it's playing on a sports team, participating in Rhodes Student Government, joining a religious organization, volunteering or helping at the soup kitchen Other forms of helping others can help us. The most important thing to remember is to find what interests you and enjoy yourself

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