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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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Take Time To Exercise

Let’s face it.  You’re a college student.  You’ve got class, work, studying, and spending time with friends on your schedule.  There are points when it seems like the world is crumbling down on you because of all the stuff you have to do. But what if you prioritized just one other thing – something that will be nothing but a benefit in the short term?

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We’re talking about exercise.  Whether it’s running, swimming, weight-lifting, or resistance training, getting regular exercise has numerous tremendous effects on the body – even when you’re a student.

Positive Effects of Exercise

If you’re looking for ways to not only be healthy, but also make the most out of your college experience, make exercise a priority. You’ll feel confident, look good and reap many other positive benefits.

Improved Sleep.  “Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.” (source)

Weight Control.  “Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.” (source)

Increased Energy.  “Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.” (source)

Improved Mood.  “A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help [relieve stress]. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.” (source)

Social Activity.  Exercise doesn’t have to be an activity that takes away from your social life.  Going to the gym is a great opportunity to socialize.  You may need a friend to spot you or just someone to talk to while you jog.

College life is stressful for everyone.  There are ten thousand things going on at once.  Give yourself some time to exercise.  It may be extremely hard to prioritize, but once its a routine, it is a huge positive.

Is Exercise Making a Difference?

One problem many of us have with exercise is that we don’t see immediate results. It’s hard to stay encouraged when the pounds don’t fall off or we don’t notice an automatic change. While the outward effects of exercise may take a while to see, the inward effects begin right away. One way to see this is to do a full body wellness check before you begin an exercise routine, and then get periodic checkups as you continue working out. Your waist size might not change immediately, but your cholesterol levels might drop right away. Seeing what’s happening on the cellular level might encourage you to keep going!

Exercise WILL make a positive difference on your life! Make a commitment this semester to stay with it. Let us know if we can help!

Need a wellness test before starting an exercise routine? Call us!