Living a healthy life is equivalent to one’s happiness. People aged 20 to 29 are at, or almost at their physical peak. As college students, this is the time to set our bodies up (mentally, physically and emotionally ) for the rest of our adulthood.
1. Healthy Diet: The older we get, the slower our metabolism processes food. It’s important to eat quality ingredients and limit the amount of processed food we put into our bodies. Plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and non or low-fat dairy products.
2. Exercise Regularly: Exercising has been proven to release endorphins, which means exercising actually makes you a happier person! Exercising doesn’t have to be slaving away at the gym, either. This can include taking a long walk, jogging outside, playing a pick-up game with friends, or even riding your bike for at least 30 minutes a day. Cardio makes hearts strong.
3. Sleep: It is underrated how important sleep is. It varies from person to person, but the average adult needs between seven and nine hours per night. If you need a mid-day nap, don’t nap longer than 20 minutes. A 20 minute nap will let you feel rejuvenated, while a nap longer than an hour will leave you feeling even more tired.
4. Protect Skin and Eyes: Without regular protection, the sun can be damaging your skin and eyes. Wear sunglasses at least SPF 15 sunglasses when out in the sun longer than a half hour, and apply about 15 minutes before sun exposure. Avoid indoor tanning beds. Women under the age of 30 who use tanning beds are six times more likely to develop melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer.
5. Smoking: Nicotine is extremely addictive and smoking cigarettes can lead to teeth decay, wrinkles everywhere, weakening of bones, and ruins your heart and lungs. It can lead to cancer almost everywhere in your body. It’s 2016 and you shouldn’t really need another reason to not smoke cigarettes.
6. Alcohol: As college students, drinking alcohol is almost inevitable. Save drinking for the weekend and be cautious of the amount of alcohol you consume. Make sure you are surrounded by people who you trust if you’re going to go out and take turns with your friends so that someone is always sober. Never, EVER get behind of the wheel if you have consumed alcohol.
Being healthy, and being aware of how to be healthy is the easiest way to take your happiness into your own hands. We have an entire decade that sets up the rest of our life and prepares our bodies to be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy!