Chips and candies might be tasty but aren't good in the long run! Here's advice for a smooth and healthy year!
By Desiree G., myclubmylife.com Teen Reporter, BGC of Pueblo Pojoaque (New Mexico)
We all know that when school comes around, our schedules can become a little hectic, between homework, extracurricular activities, and for some, part-time jobs. Now that summer is over, we don’t have the luxury of sleeping in until noon or having extra time to hit the gym.
This school year, make sure your goals include living a healthy lifestyle, while balancing school and life in general.
Of course, eating right is such an important part of being healthy. That doesn’t just include fruits and veggies, but also whole grain, fiber, protein (meat, fish, etc.) and vitamins. Instead of always picking white toast or chicken, it’s a good idea to switch it up to make sure you’re providing the right nutrients your body needs to perform well – especially if you’re in sports! Daily vitamins are also a good way to make sure you receive the majority of the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
All three meals are important. Although school starts early, it’s important to make time for a well-balanced breakfast. How can start your day can affect everything that follows -- even your test scores. Also, lunch and dinner are also essential to keep you functioning throughout the day.
Physical activity is essential when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Whether or not you are on a sports team, one hour of physical activity is imperative. Not all students are required to take a physical education class at school. If you fall into that category, you'll need to find 60 minutes to work out on your own during your day.
Remember that staying active and being in shape also improves your mental health. Physical activity increases oxygen flow to the brain, which has been shown to lead to a sharper mind.
Health is such an important part of a teenager’s life, so do all you can to maintain healthy habits. Eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep to guarantee your school year is great!