5 Ways to Stay Healthy as a Student
15 May 2015
1. Eat three meals per day
It’s tempting to wake up late and rush off to a lecture or the library, or to skip lunch to save money. But your brain works better when your body’s getting enough nutrients. So make sure you eat three meals a day, especially breakfast - the most important meal of the day. QMUL campus has plenty of options for different budgets. The Curve offers meal packages for students, whilst Ground Café offers food, drink and comfortable sofas. There is a Village Shop, Drapers Bar & Kitchen, Mucci’s if you fancy a good pasta dish or pizza, as well as various other options around the area. Plan your meals alongside your lectures, work and social life to give yourself the best chance of staying healthy and achieving academic success.
2. Join the gym
It can be hard to find time or the opportunity to stay physically fit as a student. A lot of the time you are going to be sitting in a lecture, at the library, or going out with your friends. If you are into outside fitness, such as running, cycling, yoga etc. then that’s great. But for those of who you need a more convenient option – QMUL has its own gym on campus. Recently refurbished and upgraded, QMotion, offers a great value option for students, alumni and staff. So why not go have a quick tour when you arrive in September? The friendly reception staff and personal trainers will be happy to answer your questions and give you a tour.
3. Get some fresh air
Mile End campus has some great ways to enjoy fresh air and take in the natural beauty from nearby locations. Right on campus is the Regent’s Canal which runs between North London and Canary Wharf, and is a great spot to enjoy a picnic on the grass, or go for a walk towards one of London’s iconic landmarks - particularly in the spring and summer! Victoria Park is in our neighbourhood, and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is only 5 minutes away on the tube.
As a student, education is your priority. But don’t forget about socialising, mixing with your fellow students, and making friends. The university experience is about building memories and lasting friendships. Your fellow students are going through the same experiences as you – and these friendships could provide great stress relief. If you are a new student, particularly an international student without contacts in the UK before arriving, you can join various groups and societies and meet like minded people during Welcome Week and beyond.
5. Look after your body
A large part of studying is being hunched over a laptop, straining your eyes to read and read some more when you are already tired, often grabbing cheap meals on the go. Try to take short breaks every hour to give your mind and body a break from staring at a computer screen and build time into your schedule for a healthy meal. Maintaining a good posture, keeping your mind alert and eating a balanced diet will give you the best chance of producing your strongest work.
Do you have more tips to share on how to stay healthy as a student? Tell us in the comments section below.
• Blog provided by Dolly Garland, MA English Literature student at Queen Mary University of London.