Importance of Staying Healthy: Tips to Keep Yourself Healthy During Your College Years

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When there is not enough time in the day to get everything done, the first thing that often goes out the window is health. With these tips on how to stay fit in college, you will be able to reduce stress and stay healthy so you can make the most of your time at school. 

Hydrate
Hydration is the first step to maintaining optimum health throughout your life. The benefits water provides to the body are endless. Consider carrying a water bottle wherever you go so you will be more aware of hydrating throughout the day. 

Snack healthy
Between late-night studying, weekend nights out and your class schedule, snacking is inevitable. Stocking up on healthy grab-and-go munchies – such as string cheese, trail mix, nuts, dried fruit and pretzels – makes it easier to avoid binging on unhealthy snacks. 

Sleep more
Although it’s not easy to do with a busy college schedule, allowing yourself to sleep for the proper amount of time provides many benefits to your overall health. Plus, sleep strengthens your immune system, which can help prevent illness. 

Work out regularly
Schedule time to work out each week. Finding someone to exercise with you can help you stay on track. Take advantage of free gym memberships, fitness classes and on-campus events throughout the year. Consider going for a walk or run on one of the many trails around the beautiful Michigan State University campus.

Take precautions 
It is important to be proactive when it comes to your health. Getting an annual flu shot, washing your hands regularly, carrying hand sanitizer and staying in your dorm room or apartment if you are not feeling well can make a difference in keeping you healthy and shortening illnesses. 

Manage stress
Stress is part of life and destressing is crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Stress can be responsible for unhealthy eating habits, headaches, lack of motivation to work out and a weakened immune system. Working out regularly as well as having an organized schedule and getting enough sleep can help relieve stress. 

Another area that causes stress may be managing your finances. Many financial institutions offer a variety of products and services to help you manage your funds and save for future adventures, such as study abroad, a car or a spring-break trip. Michigan State University Federal Credit Union has three branches and 40 ATMs on MSU’s campus for convenient account access. Its mobile app allows members to monitor their accounts, pay bills, transfer funds, and apply for credit cards and loans. For more information, visit msufcu.org.