Hey Y'all! Its been a while!
I have had exactly twelve days of classes, zero late assignments, one surprise A on a quiz, and countless nights of good quality rest. Wait...is this college? Am I in the right place? I know it's early in the semester, but have I really managed to keep track of all my assignments, study on a regular basis, and even keep up with my laundry? Why yes, yes I have. I guess its farewell to the Follies of Freshmen and hello to the Sophistication of Sophomore.
Anyone who has survived freshmen year at university, especially away from home, knows that there are moments throughout the year where you do some really dumb stuff. I don't mean like trouble with the law or silly pranks. What I am referring to is the moments where you think "Sure, I'll start a load of laundry at 11 pm!" or "Unlimited cookies in the Caf? Yes please, I'll take seven". Don't forget my favorite Freshman Folly, and perhaps my most common and frequent offense: "I don't need to exercise, I walk to class!"
What do these three follies have in common? KEEPING YOURSELF HEALTHY. An adequate amount of sleep, a semi-healthy diet, and a little sweat makes college that much easier; even a little enjoyable. Most students played some sort of sport in high school or were physically active in some way. When you get to college and stop all that, your body notices. Big time. And in case you didn't know, its not normal for an 18 or 19 year old to get winded going up two flights of stairs or work up a major sweat by walking to class. Those should be easy things to do. When you take the time to work up a sweat on purpose, you don't do it on accident near as often.
I am no health guru. don't be fooled. However, I know that I am happier and much more pleasant to be around when I am in the gym or on my bike regularly, consuming things that don't clog my arteries, and get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
I used to say "gosh it's so hard to be healthy" and now I get so mad when people say that. No, it's not hard. That 60 minutes you spend watching Orange Is the New Black can go by so much quicker on any number of cardio machines in the gym. Most machines even have a place for you to set a tablet or phone. I can bike 15 miles in the length of an episode of OITNB. I have a choice: sit on my butt and watch Netflix, or lose my butt while watching it. To me, the choice seems obvious.
Another line people use is "healthy food is too expensive". To quote one of my personal heroes, Dwight Schrute: False.
I went to Wal-Mart yesterday and bought all my weekly fruit for $8. That is 7 breakfasts and 6 snacks. I usually eat a piece of fruit and granola bar for breakfast. A box of 8 bars is about $2.15. Lets do some math:
My breakfast per day: about $1.44 and about 170 calories (I even added the price of my K-Cup coffee).
A McDonald's breakfast: about $5.20 and about 615 calories (with coffee).
The choice seems really simple to me. So get out of your Freshman Follies and into The Sophomore Sophistication. My choice to lead a healthier lifestyle has made school so much easier this semester. Not only is it good for you be healthy, God commands it.
1 Corinthians 10:31 "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
So make the choice. Its easy. A sign of maturity is taking care of yourself. When you treat your body like crap, you feel like crap. Our body's were designed and created to be amazing machines to be put to use as vessels to share the gospel; we need to start treating them that way. Don't let your bad health be the things that holds you back from following God's will and furthering His kingdom.