It’s that time of year again, back-to-school.
Duh duh dunnn.
I must admit that I’m a sucker for back-to-school. When I was a kid I loved the fresh school supplies, the chance to get a new pair of runners, and maybe most of all cracking open the brand new agenda on the first day back (can you tell I’m type A?). University and high school were really no different. Instead of new crayons and scissors it was new notebooks and pens, and of course the new agenda.
I’m now entering the last semester of my university career and I’m getting nostalgic for all things back to school, or maybe more accurately – the fall. Fall happens to be my favourite season, mostly because we have a really beautiful fall here in Manitoba. Another reason I love fall is because it brings back routine and I find it’s the best place to create new goals and habits, and I find that it often works for me too.
If you’ve deemed yourself not good at keeping new goals or creating new healthy habits, why not try again this the fall? Don’t fear because I’m here to share 5 simple healthy back to school habits that you should make and keep this fall to set yourself up for a successful school year.
Breakfast – or breaking the fast – is ideally the first meal of the day. Eating breakfast fuels your body and in my experience can also be better for your wallet. Here’s my logic:
Eat breakfast –> be more attentive in class –> get through your day with moderate, controlled hunger.
Don’t eat breakfast –> go to class in a haze –> spend more $$ at lunch/pre-lunch because you can’t possibly go another second without food (I’ve been there, it’s not pretty, and now I never skip breakfast).
Work fitness into your routine
I find the best time to create new habits is at the beginning of a season and it can be really easy to fit fitness in if you do it right from the beginning. Depending on your schedule there are lots of ways to block out some time for a run, walk, yoga class, or strength session. Find what works for you!
This fall my plan is to mix it up and opt for some lunch time classes that are offered at my university gym, hit up GoodLife Fitness for post-school BodyPump classes, and some after work or morning runs.
Sleep is so, so important. Don’t skip it, ok?!
I could drop some anecdotal story of how I get 7-8hrs of sleep every night and I awake each morning in a bed of flowers and unicorns but instead I will direct you to an awesome post by Megan about some of the problems associated with sleep deprivation –> Is sleep deprivation affecting your health?
Enjoy social time with others.
While studying and papers are SUPER important things with deadlines, it’s also important to remember to take a break and enjoy time with other humans! Set time aside to hang out with friends and family – go for coffee or take an afternoon off from studying to just hang out and chat.
Take some time for yourself.
It’s equally important to take time for yourself. Discover what makes you more relaxed: watching a movie in bed, putting on a face mask, reading a book, etc. Don’t forget to take time to recharge your batteries!
I’m really bad at this one because when I’m home I feel like I should always be doing something – cleaning, cooking, working, etc. I’m making the habit to do a face mack once a week – not only am I forcing myself to chill out for a bit but I’m also using up all the face masks I buy and never use!
Let’s chat – Do you stick to habits better if they’re created when the seasons change? What healthy back to school habits are you working on this fall?
Disclaimer: This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.