Leading An Unhealthy Lifestyle

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Everyone has time to be healthy
Freshman 15 is an expression used to describe an arbitrary amount of weight students put on in their first year of post secondary studies, usually due to unhealthy eating and poor exercise habits. Students say they struggle finding a balance between work, leisure, and maintaining healthy habits, leading to a lack of exercise, and poor nutrition. These complaints are clearly caused by a lack of intrinsic motivation and a growing status quo of complacency, rather than actual time constraints. Despite the vast number of home workouts that one can complete in under ten minutes, students will still excuse themselves from any form of physical activity, in favour of inactive alternatives. The problem is further pushed
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Attempts to defend this claim are made by blaming an “overwhelming” amount of responsibility in academic and work schedules. This justification can only be explained by a culture of laziness or a lack of motivation. We spend countless hours on mindless activities. In the university age group people commonly use free time for sedentary activities such as Netflix, or using social networks. In an age when instant gratification is most valuable, desk-bound entertainment has become the norm. A balance between leisure time and physical activity is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Developing an understanding that physical activity doesn’t have to be exceedingly time consuming will foster a more active culture. Simple exercises can be completed in the confines of a bedroom and in a time frame that is reasonable by any standard. Squats, burpees, planks, all exercises that use bodyweight and can be modified for varying skill levels, can be completed in the time it takes for House of Cards to buffer on your laptop. Despite fact that exercises can be performed in a timely manner by any able-bodied person, we continue to convince ourselves that there simply isn’t enough time in the day to work …show more content…
Students will often choose the option that appears to be the easiest and most accessible. This usually means opting to order food from the campus cafeteria. This problem can be connected to a lack of education related to meal planning but is predominantly caused by the negative mindset we possess. Cheap and quick meals are attractive choices for students as many face financial challenges. A solution to this problem is preparing meals from home. Bag-lunches are significantly cheaper than fast food and allow for complete control over what nutrients are consumed. To reverse the trend of unhealthy meal choices, we must expand our knowledge on food sources, and meal preparation. We must first be motivated to actually change our attitude. This is the real issue when it comes to healthy eating. Laziness. Everyone knows that fast food is unhealthy, but nobody cares enough to utilize alternative options. Putting chicken breast in the oven and microwaving green beans cuts into valuable Facebook and web browsing time. The health benefits and money saved from food preparation greatly outweighs the initial time investments of planning, shopping, and cooking. One would argue that their studies interfere with meal preparation, but eating healthy is not only necessary for physical health, but also fosters positive mental health, and higher activity levels, leading to higher academic

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