You can be a student at any age. In many ways you’re always a student if you continually learn and accumulate knowledge for the things you are passionate about. For most, elementary and middle school are the years where you learn the basics of many subjects and if you play sports, sing in the choir or participate in band during that time, you get a taste into what it takes to begin balancing school with other extracurricular responsibilities. Many students will work a part-time job in high school, and many more will work while in college. Once you begin high school, the term “student body” takes on a different connotation. It’s at this time that your student body becomes something more than just your peers and fellow coeds.

StudentYour student body is your body. You juggle all kinds of responsibilities as a student, but don’t lose sight of your body and your health. Everyone talks about “the freshman 15”, and it has taken on somewhat of a subliminal message infecting the minds of many young students and making them think it’s unavoidable to gain weight once college begins. Once college does start, you are still as responsible for your health and body as you were in high school. You may not be playing sports competitively anymore, or marching in the band, but staying active will work wonders for your student body.

Between school, life and your health, you will have plenty to balance. If you can think of your high school and college years as a growing experience and know that you have the opportunity to choose balance, it will be a tremendous time in your life. Life can often get in the way of many things. High school and college should be a fun and challenging time. Every has their own story, and it’s up to you to find a balance between school, life, and your health. Nobody can foresee tragedy, whether they come in life experiences or health problems. You can foresee what will happen to your student body if you don’t take care of it.

Here are some tips for your “student body” and how to balance school, life and your health!

  1. Set personal, school and fitness goals for yourself and set aside time each night to reflect on your accomplishments or shortcomings. Translate your goals into actions you can take each day to accomplish those goals and do them without question.
  2. Be self-disciplined. You are beginning to discover independence and it will be completely up to you to stay focused.
  3. High school and college offers plenty of ways to get into competitive sports or club sports. Intramural sports are awesome fun and they are a great way to stay in shape and meet new people. If sports isn’t your thing, find the funnest way you can think of to stay in shape. Whether it’s biking, running, karate, kickboxing or yoga, just do it!
  4. Drink lots of water…always!
  5. Don’t forget about your health. Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get regular physicals and checkups.