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Make these healthy lifestyle changes for the New Year



Starting a fitness routine and getting healthy in college can feel like you’re adding another class to your schedule. There is so much work involved; You have to research meals and exercises and mentally prepare yourself. In the end, your grade is tallied by the results you see and how much better you feel.


It’s worth the extra work to get healthy. Not only will you feel better when you decide to focus on your health and fitness, but your academic success is likely to improve as well. The combination of healthier eating and physical activities are known to help improve focus, mood, and stamina to get through a busy day.


In this post, we will discuss a few tips you can incorporate into your day for a healthier life.


Make a workout plan and mentally prepare yourself


Once you decide to take charge of your health, you should look at your schedule and pick a time to fit in a 30-minute workout every day. Look into fitness blogs and other forums for help putting together a workout plan that will work best for you and your goals. Just remember that this is a journey, and you need to leave room for change and adjustments.


As you mentally prepare for this change in your life, also prepare for some slip-ups. There will be days you choose to eat a burger, and that’s okay as long as you don’t lose sight of your overall goal. Just keep looking forward.


Collect healthy recipes and plan your meals


Collecting healthy recipes and having healthy snacks on hand will make your journey to better health much easier. Use the healthy recipes you find to plan out your meals and prepare them in advance. Preparing a few days’ worth of meals and keeping them in the fridge is a great time saver and an excellent way to stay on track of your diet.


It may seem like a big struggle to stick to eating healthy with all of the unhealthy options on campus, but making the healthy choice when it’s available is a great first step. If you visit the cafeteria, maybe opt for a salad instead of fries with your sandwich.


We live in the digital age, which means we have access to free information that will make this journey more convenient. There are even apps you can use to keep track of what you’re eating and suggest nutritional changes you might need to make to be healthy.


Don’t forget to plan some time to reward your efforts. For example, if you make it to the gym all week and eat healthily, treat yourself to a dessert or your favorite comfort meal. There is no shame in rewarding yourself every now and then.


Make the Change


Taking control of your health is a significant lifestyle change, but once you get the information you need, customize your plan, and put it all into action, there will be great results. Make a playlist that motivates you for your 30-minute workout. Take that extra hour to meal prep. Start your own blog to keep you and others motivated. You’ll be so proud of yourself once you get going.


Better health means better sleep, less stress, and more energy, which will help you throughout your college years and beyond. Dive into your new lifestyle with commitment and consistency.



Learn how to get healthy and stay well at Crimson Care in Tuscaloosa, AL.


Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty -- along with his entire Crimson Care team -- is committed to making medical services convenient and accessible. The clinic offers three Tuscaloosa locations: Crimson Care Skyland, Veterans Memorial, and First Care on McFarland. All locations offer extended weekday hours and one-stop treatment services, including medical care, x-rays, lab work, and prescription dispensing. Crimson Care also provides digital access through its online patient portal. Request prescription refills, complete any necessary patient forms online, review your medical records at any time, and even pay your bill. Check us out today on our website, or give us a call today at Crimson Care Veterans: (205) 507-1100, Crimson Care Skyland: (205) 507-1119, or First Care: (205) 349-2323.

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