With spring break just on the horizon, comes the 20 hours road trips to come with it. For all you lucky students flying to your destinations…oh how I envy you. While some of you are staying home for spring break (Check out our last blog!), the rest of us will be traveling/sitting in a car. From what I understand, sitting for longer than an hour or so is not good for you! Sure we can sit at our desks or in our offices, but we also have the freedom to stretch and stand whenever needed. In a car when you’re trying to get someone as fast as possible with the least amount of stops possible, that’s not the case. This is why it is so important to remember what you’re putting in your body during this trip. As much as I know you want to grab every chip and skittles bag possible, eating healthier will not only help keep you feeling good at your destination but also on the way there. Here are a few tips for your trip! Continue reading
Ahh what a wonderful time of the year. So much joy, family, and sickness. Not only is it traveling season, but it’s also flu season and you know where it’s easiest to catch the flu? The airport. While everyone is gallivanting around, we tend to forget about our health. Are we going to let the flu stop us from traveling? No! Are we going to take precautions and watch out for our health? Yes! Continue reading
- Stay Cool and Hydrated Every Day
It is very important to make sure you drink enough water each day. In the summer, the heat makes it harder to stay hydrated, so you need to drink more water. It is important to drink water both before and after you work out as well. It is a great idea to bring a water bottle everywhere you go this summer. You can also add fresh fruit to your water for variety in the summer.
- Protect Yourself from the Sun
Make sure to use sunscreen to protect your skin. Sunburn can be painful, and there are many negative effects of too much sun exposure. It is also a good idea to take breaks in the shade if you are outside for extended periods of time. Hats and sunglasses are also great options to use as protection from the sun. Continue reading
Try to make some of these simple changes to improve your overall health.
1 Replace Refined Carbs
Instead of eating refined carbs like white rice and pasta, switch to whole grain options. Whole grains contain more nutrients and fiber. Whole grains can also help you feel full longer.
2 Stop Drinking Soda
Try to switch from drinking soda to unsweetened tea or water. Soda contains various unhealthy ingredients and is full of empty calories.
3 Step it up!
Set a goal for yourself to reach 10,000 steps a day or more. Try to make an effort to not sit for long periods of time.
4 Eat Slowly
Eating slower can help you not eat as much. It takes your body about 20 minutes to realize you are full.
5 Get Some Sleep
Aim to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night. Getting the proper amount of sleep has various health benefits and can you not overeat the next day.
6 Take the Stairs
Try to make a conscious effort to take the stairs instead of heading for the elevator. Walking up a few flights of stair can be a great bit of physical activity during your day.
7 Eat More Veggies
Try to make the majority of your plate consist of vegetables. When possible, pair vegetables with whole grains and lean proteins. Eating mostly vegetables can provide you with essential nutrients and help you save on calories.
8 Do Activities
Make plans with friends or a significant other to go do something active. This is a way for you to do a fun activity that also benefits your body.
9 Eat at the Dinner Table
Eating a table can help you focus on what you are eating and how much of it. Try to avoid mindlessly eating in front or the television or computer. Sitting at the table can help prevent you from over eating.
10 Limit Your Drinking
Alcohol can be very high in calories. Try to avoid overdrinking, which has many negative effects of your body. Think of having a drink, like you would be having a treat to prevent over indulging.
~All you can do is work to become a better you