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How to Prioritize Your Health in College

Posted on 11/13/2020 3:41:15 PM by Amber Berkheimer

During college, and especially during a time like this, taking care of yourself and your health can sometimes be put on the back burner. It is so important to prioritize your health at this age, and it’s easy! With state-of-the-art recreational facilities and a variety of dining options, the ability to stay healthy on Cabrini’s campus is always in reach!

  1. Schedule Working Out into Your Day: One way to make sure you get up and move around is to schedule a workout time into your day, the same way you would with a class or study time. When you mark down a time to work out, you are more likely to stay motivated and actually do it. Move around in your room, walk around campus, or visit the Dixon Center!

  2. Make an Appointment at the Dixon Center: The Dixon Center is a great resource offered at Cabrini! You have the option to choose from the two different weight areas, the cardio machines, the pool, and the court/track areas. This year, as part of the COVID-19 mitigation measures, you can schedule a 45-minute appointment in any of the listed areas of the gym. Something about the gym that I appreciate, especially now, is how clean it is. They have staff throughout the gym cleaning the machines and weights as they are used. Stop by the Dixon Center in between classes, or for an early morning workout!

  3. Make it Convenient to Eat Well: It’s easy to choose healthy options over junk food when you strategically choose which snacks to keep around. Stock your fridge with fresh food, fruit, and vegetables. Even if it’s not your favorite food, when you incorporate these healthier snacks into your diet, it will become easier for you to reach for these foods instead of something unhealthy. Also, you can easily track your calorie intake using the Bite app for the dining areas on campus. This app is especially useful if you have any dietary restrictions since you can choose vegetarian, vegan, and mindful options, as well as search by allergens (for example, if you have a particular allergy to wheat, you can put that into the app and it will show you all of your options that do not include wheat).

  4. Get Enough Sleep: Not getting enough sleep can cause health issues such as a weakened immune system, trouble concentrating, and mood changes. It is recommended that you sleep for at least 8 hours a night. On top of this, it’s helpful to take naps throughout the day to catch up on missed sleep. Most importantly, listen to your body, some of us require more sleep, some require less, but listening to what your body is telling you is the best practice. For example, I am the kind of person who requires at least 9-10 hours of sleep, and I know that if I have 8 hours or less, it will be a miserable day. Get to know yourself and get to know what works best for you.