How to Stay Healthy in College

Staying healthy in college can be quite a challenge, but with just a few tweaks to your daily habits, it can be super easy.

Staying in good health in college can help you focus better in class & have more productive study sessions, and make you feel happier and more confident. Here are some of my favorite tips to stay healthy in college:

Step 1: Eat healthy

Eating healthy is super easy at college. With the countless amount of restaurants on campus, you’re sure to find some that have healthy options.

Skip the quesadilla, have a salad

I try to have a salad for lunch every day filled with lots of veggies and fruits with balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing. Since it’s a relatively low-fat lunch, I can focus better in my afternoon study sessions and feel good about my eating choices.

For dinner, I normally cook at my house or go out with friends. I just subscribed to HelloFresh for the nights I cook at home and absolutely love it. Hellofresh sends you the ingredients for 2-5 meals per week that are protein and veggie-packed. I’d highly recommend trying them out. Get $40 towards your first HelloFresh here. 

Step 2: Join a gym

It’s so easy to join a gym on campus or lone in your collegetown. I try to do some type of physical activity every day.

Lately, I’ve been doing cardio on the elliptical or in a spin class 3x a week and going to yoga classes 2x a week. Before my cardio or yoga classes I try to fit in about 20 minutes of strength training to boost my metabolism and build muscle.

Working out helps you to feel good about your body and releases endorphins – aka the happy-brain chemical.

Step 3: Get enough sleep

Among Cornell students, it’s a common joke that we can only have two out of sleep, good grades, and a social life, but if you plan your schedule well, you can have all three.

I try to wake up at the same time every day (around 9) to make it to my 10AM class, and go to bed between 12-1 to get 8 hours of sleep. The key to getting enough sleep is to stay on top of your classes, only go out when you don’t have work to do, and prioritize your time.

If you have trouble falling asleep at night, try having a cup of chamomile tea before bed, it works wonders.

Step 4: Drink water instead of caffeine

Drinking too much caffeine can make you jittery and make it harder to sleep. Instead of starting the morning with a coffee, I start every day with my morning lemon detox drink.

If I get tired in the afternoon, I’ll get a tea from a café on campus to help me wake up (but not get overloaded with all the caffeine in a coffee).

Step 5: Supplements

I have a couple vitamins that I take every day to stay in optimal health & improve brain function:

Vitamin B – I take this sustained release Vitamin B to improve my energy levels all day long

Magnesium – supports brain function by helping to coat neurotransmitters

Probiotics – improves digestion and builds up good bacteria in the intestine (this is so important especially if you have stomach issues!)

Vitamin D – it’s cold & cloudy for the majority of the year in Ithaca, so I take Vitamin D to replace the natural sunlight

Emergen-Cif you go out on the weekends, drink an Emergen-C the next morning since alcohol can harm the immune system & Vitamin C keeps you from getting sick

Step 6: Walk instead of bus/Uber to class

I sometimes Uber to class, but the majority of days I try to walk. At Cornell, it’s about a 20-minute walk to campus (uphill, through the snow) but my morning walk helps wake up and think about all the things I need to do that day. I also listen to Podcasts in the morning so that I’m learning while walking.

I also use an app called Sweatco that pays you just for walking. It counts your steps and pays you in gift cards, motivating you to walk more!

I hope you enjoyed this post about how to stay healthy in college.

Do you already use any of these tricks? What are your favorite ways to stay healthy in college?



5 thoughts on “How to Stay Healthy in College”

    1. Yes I totally get that. During exam season I definitely rely on caffeine to but try to avoid it during regular school weeks.

  1. Hi Elizabeth! Your tips are very helpful! I have taken your advice and started to go to the my local gym. I sprained my ankle, but I will get back on that elliptical soon. Could you post some instructional fitness videos on your blog? 🙂

    1. I’m so glad that you liked these tips. 🙂 I’m planning on making some instructional yoga videos on youtube soon!

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