Top 7 Healthy Living Tips for Students on a Budget

 

Achieving health and fitness goals can seem difficult for those living on a student’s limited budget. Meeting those goals can be accomplished by eating right and finding a way to work in a little exercise nearly every day, even if there isn’t money to join a gym.

Eating right

It’s no secret there is an obesity problem in America and a large part of it has to do with the fact most people don’t know the proper meal portions they should be eating. The fact that restaurant meals are often larger than necessary obviously doesn’t help. Being healthy isn’t just about cutting out the things people enjoy eating. The following tips should help make it easier to make better food choices.

  • Don’t skip breakfast– Eat a good meal within 30 minutes of getting out of bed. This will help kick start your metabolism and give it energy for the day. Oatmeal is an inexpensive, low calorie option that actually provides fuel over a longer period of time than most other breakfast foods.
  • Learn the right portions – Rather than heaping piles of food on a plate, divide the dish into sections – one for protein, one for vegetables and one for grains. It also helps to vary the meals and make a point of trying some new foods.
  • Snacks – Limit the amount of junk food in the dorm room or apartment and replace bags of chips with healthy snacks like fruit or small vegetables, such as carrot sticks. Fruit is water dense, which means eating it provides satiety with smaller amounts than other foods.

Exercise

Staying in shape can be done without joining a health club and paying a costly monthly membership fee. With a little creative thinking it’s easy to exercise for free on a daily basis.
  • The body as equipment – Doing push-ups is a great way to build the muscles of the arms, chest and abdomen and use the weight of the body to do so. Sit ups or crunches also develop the abdominal muscles without the use of equipment. Jogging increases cardiovascular health and can be done outside around a track or the campus.
  • Sports – Get involved in intramural sports offered at the school or just go to the park and join in some pickup games. Playing sports uses a variety of muscles and often doesn’t feel like a workout routine.
  • Join with a friend– Working out is always more fun when there’s somebody urging another on to do their best. Relying on a friend can also prevent one member from quitting when the going gets tough.
  • Walk or bike –When possible, walk or ride a bike to class. This will provide a decent cardio workout without having to plan an extra session. For those that commute, park in a lot away from class and walk the rest of the way.
It doesn’t take a lot of money to reach fitness goals and maintain a healthy lifestyle. In fact, there are a number of easy ways to achieve good health without spending a lot of money for those willing to be creative.

 


About the Author: Christina Lloyd writes regularly for a site that has helpful tips about financial assistance for students, such as state school grants. She enjoys sharing her tips for living a healthy lifestyle on a tight budget.

 

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