Becoming a responsible and independent young adult involves keeping up to date with your health. In the age of binge-watching, most college kids stay indoors and watch all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls before the new Netflix Original releases on Thanksgiving week.
According to an article by Victor Luckerson, a writer from Time Magazine, on average, a Netflix subscriber spent one hour and 33 minutes watching per day. From my experience, I’ve watched at least six episodes of Parks and Recreation during my free time.
To stay on top of your life, there are certain aspects to focus on: weight and health.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, college students should at least spend two and a half hours of physical activity per week.
“It also reduces your risk for many chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and obesity,” the website states.
The CDC lists a few exercises adults starting from 18-years-old: brisk walking, jogging, running, etc. The website suggests that if an adult goes over the recommended hours, the health of the adult would earn more benefits.
When one search “workout plan” on Pinterest, there would be numerous “Pins” with daily workout plans. But before jumping and creating a rigorous workout, talk to your doctor to plan out how much weight you should lose, how your health is currently and how much exercise you are able to do.
With that being said, let’s talk about sex, baby!
“Nearly half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) diagnosed each year are among young people aged 15–24 years,” the website states.
Keeping this section sort and sweet, don’t have unprotected sex and learn ways on how STDs are spread and ways to prevent them.
Pulling all-nighters are popular among college kids, especially before an exam. According to the CDC website, adults should aim to sleep seven to nine hours a night.
“[Students] may be sleepy and sluggish during the day and have trouble concentrating, participating in class, taking tests, or making decisions,” the website states, when it comes to college kids not sleeping enough.
Not only does sleep affect school, it also affects the reaction time of the person’s reflexes. “Driving while sleepy can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated,” the website states.
If you are a student at the University of Florida, the university has the Student Health Care Center that offers several medical services to keep the health of students in great shape. Click here for more information.