9 Health Tips for Broke College Students

For many college students, staying fit and healthy is the last thing in mind. But staying healthy can mean better concentration and alertness for keeping up with your studies. It may also mean more energy to keep up with all the social events.

However, most students don’t have access to a lot of money or a lot of time. These tips are here to help you stay on budget and stay fit at the same time.

1. Learn to cook with a slow cooker.

While they’re an initial investment that may cut slightly into your student debt fund, slow cookers are worth it. They’re perfect for busy people who still want to eat real, fresh ingredients but have little time to do so.

There are plenty of slow cooker recipes on the internet to try, and most of them only require you to do a little initial prep work and lets the cooker do the rest. You can also cook in bulk, giving you healthy lunches for the rest of the week.

2. Master the class-to-class power-walk.

College campuses are usually big places. Sometimes, you’ll have two classes back to back on opposite sides of campus with only a few minutes to get between them. Brisk walking counts as aerobic exercise, so take advantage of these minutes. Then, incorporate more brisk walking into your day, whether it’s to class, study sessions, or groceries.

3. Need drugs? Buy medication online.

No, I’m not encouraging you to buy shady substances off the dark web. I’m talking about prescription medications for sore throats and stuffy noses. College exposes you to germs your body is not used to, so it’s likely you’ll need prescription medicine at some point.

Get your prescription drugs online at an international or Canadian drug center, including popular drugs like ADVAIR® and Wellbutrin®. These pharmacy referral services connect American patients with licensed pharmacies abroad. Prices offered are cheaper because outside the U.S., drug prices are typically more strictly regulated.

4. Take a free class in an obscure sport.

College is a time to experiment with new things, and sports are no exception. Many colleges and student clubs offer sports lessons at reduced prices or even for free. If you’ve ever wanted to try capoeira, dragon-boating, or archery, now is your chance! Lessons are a great place to stay fit and make friends too.

5. Buy canned or frozen veggies.

Eat your veggies! And yes, frozen and canned veggies count! It’s hard to budget how much produce you should buy when you typically cook for just yourself in a college setting, but frozen and canned vegetables can easily remedy this issue. Because they can last much longer than fresh produce, you can worry less about wasting food. Just be mindful of added salt content in canned vegetables.


6. Get vaccinated.

As mentioned earlier, being on a college campus with thousands of other students from around the world can expose you to germs you have no immunity against. Often, in the beginning of the school year, a whole slew of people get sick.

While the common cold isn’t easily preventable, diseases like the seasonal flu and some strains of meningitis have vaccines that can protect you against them. These diseases are highly contagious, especially among people who interact regularly in a shared space.


7. Practise safer sex.

Adolescents aged 15 to 24 account for half of STI cases in the United States. Young women, specifically, are at increased risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection.

Condoms are cheap, accessible, and a small price to pay when compared to dealing with sexually transmitted infections or even pregnancy. So is getting tested on a regular basis if you are sexually active!

8. Use caution when it comes to drugs and alcohol.

You may be offered illegal drugs and alcohol at some point of your college career. If you choose to imbibe, prioritize safety:

  • Drugs can be cut with extremely dangerous substances. Only accept drugs from a supplier you trust.
  • Plan beforehand how to get home safe; never get in a car with an intoxicated driver.
  • Don’t leave your drink unattended.

Want to save money? Don’t buy drugs and alcohol in the first place! They’re expensive and not that great for your health.

9. Take care of your mental health too.

The college will likely be one of the most exciting yet terrifying periods of your life. You may be learning to live on your own for the first time. Coursework can sometimes feel overwhelming. Relationships can get complicated. You may even be tempted to ease your stress with drugs and alcohol.

You’re busy, I know. But try to take care of your mental as well as physical health. This may mean:

  • Scheduling time off from your studies to rejuvenate your mind.
  • Spending time with people whose company you enjoy.
  • Learning a new skill or hobby via a club or student initiative.
  • Volunteering for a student organization.
  • Participating in a protest for a cause you’re passionate about.
  • Exploring places of interest, especially if you’re in a new city or town.

In conclusion, investing a little effort in your health can go a long way. Make your college experience a positive and memorable one by staying healthy throughout it!



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