Healthy Living

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Physical activity during your college days can have a big positive impact for the rest of a student’s life. When a student comes to a college after years at a school the student has a lot more freedom while choosing a physical activity. The student should make the best use of this freedom by opting for activities that are enjoyable and give a good work out at the same time.

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Aim for a level that you are comfortable with at the start

Although it is great to give a fair amount of time and in that time to exert significantly, one should be comfortable with the level of physical activity one undertakes. The good part is even if you do only a small amount of physical activity each day you will start to see the benefits. Even just ten minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity will make a difference.

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Try to reach a level that maximizes the benefits

As you will start to enjoy the small amount of physical activity you do each day you can increase it. The benefits will increase as well. Two and half hours of vigorous physical activity or five hours of moderate physical activity every week is a good target. You can spread the time over as many days as you want and even into more than one session per day. It is good though to keep the minimum session time at ten minutes.

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Have a safe game or workout

If you are using equipment make sure you know all the safety precautions that are necessary to take and follow them properly. You can also avoid injuries by stretching before you exercise. Simple stretches before and after playing your sport or your workout will help you stay active and pain free.

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Remember though not all activities count as a workout

If you are walking while shopping then that is not sufficiently intense to count as a workout. But if you walk briskly that will count. Low intensity activity will not normally cause you to sweat or breathe faster. Moderately intense workouts will start to make that happen. And if that is happening then the activity is fine. Some activities you can take up are walking, biking, swimming, dance classes, aerobics, various sports, work outs in the gym.

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Nutrition is important as well

Proper nutrition is key to getting the most from your work outs. Please do read the section on nutrition to know more.

L. D. Arts College

L. D. Arts College

Take medical advice if necessary

If you have health related issues or if you are physically challenged be sure to take medical advice from a professional before starting on physical activities. Based on the advice undertake a type and amount of physical activity that is appropriate for you.

Patan University

Patan University

HEALTHY EATING

A college student can excel more in academics, sports, cultural and other pursuits if the student has healthy eating habits. Though stress and shortage of time can adversely impact the eating habits a well planned daily nutrition intake will actually help a student better cope with stress and have more productive hours in a day.

And there are simple things a student can do to start making a difference.

L. D. Arts College

L. D. Arts College

Start with a good breakfast

Skipping breakfast can reduce your ability to do your best in academics. So make sure you have plenty of time to sit down and have a good breakfast when you do your time management.

SAL College

SAL College

Choose foods that you eat wisely

Limit very oily foods. Eat a balanced combinations of carbohydrates, proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables.

NID

NID

Eat the right portion size

Just as it is important to eat the right food at the right time, it is important to eat the right quantity as well.

Awareness NCC

Awareness NCC

Have variety in your meals

Everyone has their favorite foods but variety is important as well. To make sure the body gets all the nutrition it needs, a student should have variety in the food intake.

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DPS Hira Pur

Snacks can be healthy too!

Snacks can be healthy but the options may not be easily available. You should therefore plan to have some healthy snacks around so that when you feel hungry between meals you have a healthy option. Salads, fresh fruits, dry fruits and low fat snacks are good options.

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1 Mile Race Riverfront

Eat foods rich in calcium

Milk, milk products and green leafy vegetables are rich in calcium. The store of calcium you build in your youth helps you avoid osteoporosis later in life.

SAL College

SAL College

Diet with care

If you wish to lose weight the only way to do it is to have a balanced diet and to exercise. Starving yourself is risky and is not a good way to lose weight. It can backfire and be harmful.

Ahmedabad University

Ahmedabad University

Drink lots of water

Make sure you drink six to eight glasses of water every day. More if you are doing vigorous exercise. Carry a water bottle with you to avoid situations when you cannot quench your thirst.

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Police Stadium

Enjoy your food

Eating food is an important daily activity. Plan enough time for it and enjoy your meals. A good meal is more than just good nourishment. It is also fine to indulge yourself once in a while by having food you know you cannot have all the time, but you love.

The Grand Bhagwati

The Grand Bhagwati

ACTIVITIES1. Healthy eating activity:Students record their own food choices for each day over a week and compare it with the recommendations.They discuss the differences and identify some food choices they could make to meet the recommendations.

2. Daily physical activity:

Students try strength, endurance and flexibility activities. They record their own daily activity and compare it with the recommendations.

3. Community activity:

Students can plan an event to discuss how to incorporate healthy living choices into their daily lives.