Staying Healthy in College

I would like to recommend to anyone who is coming to college to make certain that they maintain or create a healthy lifestyle. Before I came to Texas A&M, I ate healthy food, as my grandmother would always prepare a good dinner, but I was never a physically active individual. I did not participate in sports or attend a gym all through high school. But, once I got to college that changed.

I took a required kinesiology class and was only able to get into aerobic running. At first I was disappointed. I never ran and was convinced I would not be good at it. I never was the fastest, but I wasn’t the slowest either runner either. After a while I was able to run for the entire route, usually three miles. Eventually, I found that I actually really enjoyed it. Even after the class was over, I continued to run in the mornings.

Remarkably, instead of gaining weight (as they call it the Freshman 15), I lost weight once I was living alone. I preferred to walk on campus if I had time between classes instead of taking the bus. I brought my bike to travel between West and Main campus when I did not have enough time to walk or take the bus between the classes. I am still amazed how simple it was to get into the routine.

Nowadays I am disappointed if I am forced to miss my morning run. My eating habits, for a while, became trapped in a trend of microwavable meals due to time constraints, but when I do make and effort to include fruits and vegetable, I find I feel a lot better.  What they say about being healthy making you feel better is absolutely true. I have to encourage people to do whatever they can within their schedules to be physically active and eat well.  As difficult as it seem to start, you will be thankful for it later on down the road. This is the start to our adult lives, and it is best to get started on a path that will lead to a long, healthy life.