By: Campus Recreation Staff
Being a busy student at Boise State University means you are balancing a lot and it is easy to let healthy eating take a back seat to other priorities. Here are 5 tips by students to students to help you be your best self.
1) Drink water
It is a well-known fact that dihydrogen monoxide is good for you, but how can you put water to work to help you reach your fitness goal
s? Drink more of it more often, especially first thing in the morning. Studies have shown that drinking 16 ounces of water immediately when you wake up boosts your metabolism by as much as 24% for 90 minutes (any less water had no effect). Yeah. Slap the easy button. Additionally, drinking a glass of water before a meal can help make you feel more full so you eat less!
2) Pack a healthy lunch
College students are great at making excuses about this. By packing healthy snacks like fruits like apples and bananas, or nuts like peanuts or almonds, you are less likely to binge eat when your three-hour lecture finally gets out. For some people, snacks aren’t enough to tide them over until they get home. Make yourself a sandwich and save yourself the eight bucks and the wicked stomach ache you would have suffered had you gone with Panda Express instead.
3) Eat breakfast
This is so important! It’s like the answer for everything! Want to feel more focused in the morning? Eat breakfast. Want to have a faster metabolism and to burn fat? Eat breakfast. Did you run out of date ideas? Make your significant other breakfast! It can’t be stressed enough how important it is for your metabolism, health, brain function, and overall happiness to eat breakfast. And the fact that making a turkey-stuffed omelet with avocado on top takes about five minutes makes it even more appealing. Ain’t nobody got time…to not eat breakfast.
4) Don’t eat within 3 hours of bedtime
We all didn’t have to take a health and wellness class, but this is fairly self-explanatory. Don’t feel like you can’t eat pizza (moderation is key), just don’t eat pizza at midnight. If you eat your last meal at least three hours before you hit the hay, your body has time to process and burn some of those extra calories and you’ll avoid having your whole meal transferred to your hips while you sleep…yikes! Eating at midnight would be cool if you were going to go run at 2 a.m.. But you’re not. You’re going to lay down for 8 hours, or, if you don’t have classes, 14 hours (no judgment). It makes no sense to give your body fuel it isn’t going to use.
5) Cut back on soda and alcohol
This is hard. Everything tastes so good! But if you want to achieve your fitness goals some sacrifices must be made. Soda and energy drinks are straight sugar and when you go without them for long enough they will eventually taste overwhelmingly sweet. A glass of wine won’t kill you and has actually been shown to improve heart health. Sadly, there’s nothing good to say about beer. It’s like drinking a loaf of bread. Just say no.
Follow these tips and you will be on the right track to making those new year resolutions a reality! Let us know what you think and if you break and get pizza at midnight, swing on down to the Rec Center and have fun and exercise with us! Good luck!
Filed by Soren Morino