Staying healthy as a college student might be the most difficult feat to accomplish. You can’t get home cooked meals in dorm rooms because of which your health may start to suffer. In addition to this, you may also start eating more junk food, which will add empty calories to your daily diet. This could lead to weight gain, diabetes and put you at the risk of several other health issues.

If you start depending on junk food, sodas and eat McDonalds’ every day, you may be driving in the fast lane- the eventual destination of which will be bad health and bad finances. Remember, nothing eats into your savings like doctor visits and prescription medications. Here are a few ways in which you can continue a healthier lifestyle.

Avoid sodas and sugary foods

Consume sodas and sugary food everyday only if you want to live in a weaker, diseased body in the next ten years. While an occasional indulgence is not a bad idea, making it a part of your daily life could make you pay dearly in the long run. A condition like diabetes stays with you for a lifetime while slowly wreaking a havoc on your body. If you don’t want to live the next 40 to 50 years of your life taking insulin injections or dragging yourself away from a small teaspoon of sugar, avoid sugary foods right now.

Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet

Ensure that you consume a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Though frozen produce is cheaper and more convenient to use and buy, you will find the most delicious and nutritious produce in a local farmers’ market. If you believe in ‘farm to table’ fresh foods, these markets should be your weekly go-to destinations. You will always find fresh seasonal produce here. You will not only get fresh food but also support your local community.

Get enough sleep

As a student, you are doing mentally taxing activities throughout the day. To ensure that you remember everything, it is essential that you sleep soundly through the night. Get at least 8 hours of shut eye time every night and avoid staying awake till late. The jury is still out on what sleep exactly does to your body, but we know that it is essential for keeping you healthy. Ideally, be in bed by 10 pm and enjoy a restful night of sleep. If you have trouble falling asleep, avoid using any electronic devices 1 to 2 hours before bedtime. Picking up a book to read is also a good idea.

Drink water

Don’t substitute soda for water. Your body needs at least 2 to 3 liters of water every day to sustain. Don’t drink any less water and stay hydrated. It will help you in controlling moods as well. A dehydrated person often feels dizzy and has problems concentrating. He could also feel more restlessness and irritability. Keep a bottle of water with you at all time and keep sipping throughout the day.

If you start taking these small steps, it would become much easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle as you grow older. Invest in your future, start today.