Note: This is an article that I wrote for the print edition of the college newspaper Sidelines at MTSU.
Most college students tend to live unhealthy lifestyles. We sit in classes all day, stare at a computer for hours cranking out our research papers, stuff our faces with pizza, and then sleep for about five hours before doing it all over again. Let’s not even discuss what the weekends look like.
Research anything about college health, and you’re likely to find a plethora of articles warning about “The Freshman 15.” While this is a proven myth, college students are still at an increased risk of getting cancer and other health problems later in life, according to a 2014 study by Northwestern Medicine and Northeastern Illinois University.
Here are some tips on how you can lead a healthier lifestyle despite a busy schedule:
1. Drink more water.
Angela Ramos, an MTSU professor who coordinates yoga, Pilates, tai chi and activity dance, said, “Don’t drink your calories. Most people go over their calorie intake because of drinks. If you want something sugary, you can either have a dessert every once in a while or a soda, but most people do both.”