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How to Stay Healthy Over Winter Break

Winter break definitely has its perks — no homework, no tests to study for, the freedom to binge-watch television and sleep in guilt-free — but it also has its drawbacks. In addition to the winter break blues, over your month-long break from school you might notice a change in your diet and exercise.

Although relaxation and a little indulgence can be a part of your winter break, at the same time it’s important to know how to stay healthy so that you can continue these good habits when you head back to class.

How to Stay Healthy Over Your Winter Break

Keep Up the Exercise

Wondering how to stay healthy as your winter break wears on? Keeping fit with exercise is a key part of the process, but it might be easier said than done. The gym on campus or in your apartment complex is so convenient to use — and since it’s a part of your tuition and fees or your apartment rental total, the gym is definitely a place you should visit often while at school. On winter break, you don’t have the same easy access to these top-of-the-line fitness facilities, making it hard to keep up with your exercise regimen.

This just means that you need to be a little creative. When you’re focused on how to stay healthy over winter break, you can move your exercise outside by jogging around your old neighborhood during more temperate winter weather. If bitter cold forces you to stay in, try some workout DVDs or indoor cardio, like walking or jogging in place, running up and down stairs, or doing jumping jacks.

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Yes, winter break often means that you avoid the less-than-healthy options at the dining hall — and with your parents often feeding you, subsistence won’t hinge on a college budget that only yields cheap pizza and mac ‘n cheese. But if how to stay healthy is your chief concern, you also need to watch your eating habits and nutrition over winter break. Being home means home cooking, and not just on the holidays. You might eat an extra helping of your favorite dish, reasoning that you won’t get to eat it when back at college. And fuller cupboards at your parents’ place might lead you to snack too much or at odd times throughout the day. You need to monitor your diet over winter break, watching what you eat and when you eat it.

Make Yourself a Schedule

Part of the fun of winter break is the lack of structure — but at the same time, not having any sort of schedule can throw your body out of sorts. For this reason, you should create a schedule to follow over winter break. It doesn’t have to be a rigid one with a 6 AM wake-up call, but you can still plan your times to eat, exercise, relax, spend time with friends and family, and most importantly, sleep. Getting enough sleep is key on your quest to stay healthy over winter break.

More Help With How to Stay Healthy

If you need more wellness tips for winter break and beyond, ARCpoint Labs of Lee’s Summit can help. See more of our healthy living guidelines here, or learn more about your individual wellness through a personal health profile from ARCpoint of Lee’s Summit.


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Fall TV Lineup: Get Off the Couch!

With the rainy season just around the corner and the general easy access to TV, turning into a couch potato isn’t always that hard to resist. Almost everyone also has a favorite TV show and with the summer hiatus finally over for most of them, fall TV is making a comeback. We also see the return of our inability to leave the comfort of the living room to visit the gym.

Fall TV: Returning shows and newcomers

Most of the sitcoms and reality shows we love took a break for the summer. New seasons are premiering almost every day of the week this month.  Most major television networks have a little something for everyone. some big name returning shows are Bones, Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. The newcomers include Betrayal, The Crazy Ones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Dads. There is a show for any interest.

Before you pick up the remote and tune into the season premier of your new favorite series, think about how you’re spending your time. We have tips for staying active and preventing the couch potato fate.

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Get off the couch

It is time to get up and get active before you make the couch your primary residence. You can stay fit and active this fall and winter. You don’t need a gym for it — the only things you need are a bit of space and willpower.

You could hop on the treadmill during your weekly show or do simple workouts during the commercials. You’ll still get to enjoy the show, but you’ll feel energized when the show is over.

Fall TV: Stay moving this season

Whatever you choose to do, be sure that the new fall TV shows don’t dominate your time. You can quickly slip into an inactive slump. Give your TV show routine an upgrade by adding exercise routines to your show. How do you work on your fitness while watching your favorite shows? Let us know in a comment! Interested in wellness testing? Visit ARCpoint Labs of Lawrence for convenient testing services.

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Dorm days – starting an exercise program for the school year

No one ever said college would be easy. You spend hours every week in the classroom and twice as many hours keeping up with the homework. A majority of college students carry part-time jobs or stay active in several organizations.

The stress alone can affect your well-being. However, a lack of time should never be the reason you neglect your personal health. In fact, exercise and overall fitness can actually bring you energy and focus, lift your spirits, and possibly even have a direct impact on your academic success.

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A Must Read for KU College Girls

Maybe you were one of those high schoolers who pleaded with Mom & Dad to let you go off to the “big” school at KU, promising you’d “be safe.” Or, maybe you were so determined to go, you decided to get tons of scholarships and an early admittance letter just so they would say “YES.” There are many reasons why going off to a large college is great for a teenager. However, there are also equally as many reasons why your parents can hardly sleep at night once you go away to the big school. And if you’re a young female – their main concern is that you stay safe.

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Make sure the waiter is the one who brings the drinks to your table on a first date.

How to Stay Safe on a Date

Of course you’ll be safe. The guy came up to you, started flirting at the bar, and you could tell by the look in his eyes that he was to be trusted. And so the story goes. And in many cases, yes, this is true. And that’s why many KU alumni are happily married and have their own families. However, there ARE some cases where that’s not always how it plays out. And to make sure you end up with your happily ever after, here are a few things we’d advise you on in regards to dating in college and being asked out by complete strangers.

1. Always Let Someone Know Where you Are And Who You’re With

First rule of thumb when it comes to dating guys you meet – who you’ve never met before – always, always, always let someone know where you are. These days, technology helps us along so it doesn’t have to be an excuse to leave the dinner table and call.  Send a text to at least one trusted girlfriend, and let her know where you are at. If you can, make sure she also knows who you are with and his phone number. You don’t have to “call in” like you did as a teenager, but be smart and don’t go off alone with strangers without anyone knowing your whereabouts.

2. Keep an Eye on your Drink at All Times

Not to be pessimists here, but date rape drugs are real. We test for them a lot. If you’re just getting to know someone, make sure you know where the drinks came from. If you want to accept his offer to buy your drink, just make sure the waiter is the one who brings it directly to the table. Or if you’re at a bar, go up to the bar to get the drink. Keep your hands on your cup at all times throughout the night.

3. Carry some Safety Essentials

Have the “basics” on you in the event you need help throughout the night and get in a bad situation. Always have your cell phone on you. Also, it’s not a bad idea to carry pepper spray so that you can get out of a bad situation if it comes up.

4. Stay in a Public Place

Now we get the whole “he’s the one” thing and the romanticism of realizing that on the first date. However – reality check – it’s the first date. And if you’ve never met the guy, protect yourself and stay in a public place. Too many tragic stories have come from girls going up to the apartment, or guys coming over, only to end in regrets and sometimes worse.

5. Remember Your Sex Ed Classes

We want to be realistic and know that there are many occasions where perfect strangers end the night well … knowing each other much better. And what we want to say to that is to make sure to be safe if you choose to become intimate with your date. We don’t highly recommend going home with someone you’ve just met. However, if this situation does occur, take the smart steps to play it safe. Use condoms – this won’t only help prevent pregnancy – but STDs as well. Make sure you exchange names and numbers – “one-night-stands” aren’t as fun as they seem. And never forget point #1 – make sure someone knows where you are.