Eating Right & Being Active

Eating right and staying active in college is important for maintaining a positive well-being, but it can be challenging. The life of today's college student is hectic and it takes careful thought, preparation, and effort to find the time to exercise and choose healthy options.

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Eating Healthy at Newell Dinning Hall

What does it mean to have a positive well-being?

People with high physical well-being have strong and healthy bodies that may or may not fit with societal ideals. These individuals are comfortable with their bodies and treat their bodies with respect. They are knowledgeable about issues related to health, exercise, and nutrition, and they use this information to make sure they eat right, exercise, get sufficient sleep, manage daily stress and get medical care and exams as needed.

Eating Right at Towson University

  • Start each day with breakfast. A well-balanced breakfast will jump start your metabolism, preventing late day over-eating and cravings.
  • Eat a variety of colors and food groups at each meal. Adequate variety will assure that your diet is nutritionally balanced. Be sure to consume foods from each food group (grains, fruit, vegetables, milk, protein) on a daily basis. Check out the daily healthy options at any campus dining location offered by Chartwell's Dining Services
  • Make water your primary fluid. Soda, juices, energy drinks, sweet tea, alcohol, and caffeine drinks have excessive amounts of sugar and unnecessary calories. Water can be a miracle cure for many common ailments such as headaches, fatigue, joint pain, and much more. We can go for weeks without food, but only 3 days without water!
  • Be mindful behind your reason for eating food. Since most people eat for reasons other than physical hunger, the first question of “Why do I eat?” is often central to ultimately eating mindfully. It can be very easy to develop a habit of eating when we are stressed. A great way to avoid stress eating is address the reason behind the stress and to be active. Work off stress at Campus Recreation, go for a walk with friends, or find a workout on YouTube.
  • Slow down when eating. Take at least 20 minutes to eat meals, this allows your brain to trigger that food has been consumed and provide fullness cues.
  • Listen to your body. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
    Cook your own meals! Here at Towson we are surrounded by fast food-type places, that are open late and serve comfort style food. Do yourself some good (and your wallet too) and cook your own meals at home. If you shop smart, you can eat healthy on a college student budget and become an excellent cook in the process. Having roommates is an added plus because you have lots of taste testers and people to share your cooking experience with!
  • Plan, plan, plan! Plan out your meals the week in advance and stock your house with necessary ingredients to prepare the meals. Make a batch of whole wheat pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, or whole-wheat muffins and freeze for simple grab-and-go breakfasts. Prepare your shake the night before (add banana or avocado in the morning)

Staying Active at Towson

Starting or maintaining a regular exercise regimen can often seem like a daunting task, but it actually can be made simple by initiating these steps.

  • Schedule a daily time to exercise. Setting aside 20-30 minutes each day to be active will make you more likely to commit to the activity.
  • Exercise with friends. Not only does working out with a friend make the exercise more enjoyable, but it makes time go faster, increases motivation, and adds a level of commitment to someone other than yourself.
  • Choose activities that you enjoy! There is not much worse than making yourself do something that dread. Activities such as walking, cycling, rollerblading, or playing basketball are often enjoyed by college students.
  • Start slowly. Begin with 10 to 15 minutes of cardiovascular exercise daily. Progressively increase your duration over time until you reach 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise for a minimum of five days per week.
  • Include strength training. Strength training has benefits that go well beyond the appearance of nicely toned muscles. Your balance and coordination will improve,you will sleep better, burn more calories, and improve your posture.
  • Campus Recreation offers lots of fitness opportunities, ranging from intramural teams to Zumba, hip-hop, and yoga classes.
  • Remember ANY exercise is better NO exercise!