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How to: Get (and stay) healthy, fit, happy

Staying healthy is not just about exercise. In order to stay healthy, you need to create good habits now, and avoid bad habits in the future.

It is a great idea to exercise at least three times a week, with at least 30-60 minutes of cardio a day. If you are a full time student at Millersville, the SMAC fitness center is free for you and offers fitness classes such as kickboxing, yoga, and “buts and guts.”

There is also a specific cardio room equipped with televisions for your entertainment. Do not use the excuse that you have no time to exercise. You can fit in time to exercise during studying by simply doing calf raises, or push-ups while you are reading.

A half hour workout every day could be a break from studying. You can also alternate between days of cardio and days of strength training. This boosts the effects of both workouts.

Millersville also has two dining halls that have a salad bar and numerous healthy food choices for meals.

Getting a full serving of meats, fruits, veggies, and dairy for the day will ensure your body will stay healthy.

Portion control and taking your time while eating are two of the major steps to avoid overeating and help you lose weight. When you eat fast, your stomach does not have enough time to tell your brain you are full and to stop eating.

Another thing to consider when staying healthy on campus is anti-bacterial gel. Many surfaces that we touch everyday in the dining halls, classrooms, and other buildings have thousands of other students carrying bacteria that touch those surfaces.

Staying healthy has a lot to do with not being sick in the first place. Stay home from class if you are sick, and visit the health center if you need medication. Also, if you see that someone is sick, politely avoid them in order to keep from getting sick as well.

To stay healthy, you should also pay attention to your psychological needs. Stress is a common cause of sickness, exhaustion, weight gain takes a toll on your appearance.

Stay organized by making “to do” lists and schedule assignments you do. Making lists help you stay stress-free and not get overwhelmed by your workload.

Also, exercising helps to relieve stress. The psychology department has a list of ways you can get help on campus. If stress becomes a problem in your everyday life, you are encouraged to seek out these resources on campus.

Also, there are peer mentors who can help. Also, getting a good nights sleep is surprisingly a big help to reduce stress. Sleep helps the brain focus, and being able to focus more easily on your studies will inevitably help reduce stress.

Another thing that you can do is stay up-to-date on your doctor visits. Getting a checkup once a year can help you to receive medications you might need and help prevent illness. A very open patient-doctor relationship is encouraged. Ask your doctor questions you might have. Even a list of things written down that you want to know more about from your doctor will ensure that you get your money’s worth from each and every doctor appointment.