Physical Health

Your body’s the only place you have to live, so take care of it

Just as important as keeping a healthy mind during your time in college is maintaining your physical wellness. The typical college lifestyle can put a tremendous strain on the body. It’s a big change from high school, and many freshmen aren’t ready for the responsibility of looking after themselves. The greasy cafeteria food, late-night study sessions and germ-infested bathrooms of college life all add up, and many students fall into the pit of constantly feeling crappy.

Fortunately, there are some strategies that you can implement to help keep your body feeling great and functioning at its full potential. We have the scoop on:

  • Healthy eating. Put down the potato chips and digest some easy tips for eating well in college, the causes of the mysterious “freshman 15,” how to lose weight the right way, how you can change your mood by eating certain foods and a whole lot more.
  • Exercise. Starting a regular fitness program can help you look and feel great. Our guide to getting a complete workout can start you on the right track towards those washboard abs you’ve always wanted.
  • Sleep. If you’re like most college students, you’re not getting enough rest. We have the facts on why you need sleep, how much you need and how you can make sure you get enough. Plus, we’re ready to declare that naps are back in style.
  • Hygiene. No one likes to be around a guy (or girl) who stinks. Don’t be that guy (or girl).
  • Sickness. No one makes it through college without getting sick. Sleep deprivation + stress + cramped lecture halls full of germs = a haven for diseases. Find out what you can do to help your body fight off colds, the flu, sore throats and all those other pesky illnesses.
  • Sex. You may think you know it all, but there are sure to be some tidbits of information here that will shock you. This section has everything you want (and need) to know about contraception, pregnancy and STDs.
  • Personal safety. Unfortunately, crime is a reality on campuses across the country. Get informed about violence, abuse and sexual assault. It could help save your life.
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