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How Can I Maintain Healthy Habits While Juggling Work and School?

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Every student will get stressed out at some point when completing their coursework for college. Many adult learners have to find a balance between taking classes and working full time. Here are some tips for college students that can help you maintain a stable, healthy lifestyle while classes are in session.

Moving and Exercising

You should be aware of your physical activity and inactivity. How many hours do you spend at a desk or on your couch? People who work at desks for long hours can benefit from taking the stairs instead of an elevator to keep their muscles active and incorporate more movement into their day.

Exercising helps increase the production of endorphins, which can improve your mood and reduce anxiety. Being more physically active can significantly improve your health and help regulate your sleep cycles. Whether you're swimming, walking, or playing your favorite sport, it's easier to commit to exercising when you're doing something you enjoy, so choose an activity you'll look forward to. Set aside specific times in your day or week that are designated for exercise.

Healthy Eating

Having a general idea of what you plan on eating helps you stay on track and make the most of the groceries you buy. Without a clear plan, you're more likely to eat things that you're trying to avoid, like fast food. On the weekend, you can plan three or four dinners that you'll cook during the workweek.

Take a few minutes to think about the foods you want to have readily available to maintain healthy habits. Students who are busy with work or other responsibilities often grab what's easiest when they get home after a hectic day. Washing and cutting fruits and vegetables in advance can help reduce prep times. Also, keeping containers of nuts and seeds on your counter gives you something healthy to grab when you're on the go.

Physical Fitness

Try to work out three times a week for at least 30 minutes; the frequency and intensity can fluctuate depending on the type of exercise you're doing. Students who work out for shorter intervals can exercise more frequently to keep fit.

Cardio exercises like jogging, swimming, or cycling will get your heartbeat up, and strength training with resistance bands and dumbbells is a great alternative for going to the gym.

While healthy habits may take time to develop, students can rely on the Tulane School of Professional Advancement to provide them with tips and resources for navigating their journey to earn a degree. We designed our online courses for busy adult learners like you, and we even offer degree programs dedicated to health and wellness. These flexible programs will make it easier for you to go back to school while working and spending time with your family. To learn more, request additional information about our online degree programs today.