New Year’s Resolutions for a College Lifestyle


Kailee Missler | Lifestyle Staff Writer |

With January almost over, many people forget about their motivation at the beginning of the year to keep their New Year’s Resolutions. There’s a misconception about resolutions—they do not need to be some huge life change, they can be small goals that are in everyone’s reach to achieve with a little bit of work.

Below are some of suggestions of small resolutions that will make you healthier and help improve your wellbeing.

Cut out red meat

This is something I decided to do because I do not have the willpower to become a vegetarian. Cutting out red meat, such as ham, bacon (yes – I know), beef, and pork can help improve your health significantly. Plus you can still enjoy the delicious taste of chicken! A Harvard study shows that people who eat red meat have shorter life spans and higher risks of colorectal cancer along with other problems. While everything is OK in moderation, this could be a great start if you want to eat cleaner or eventually go vegetarian or vegan!

Ever since I personally cut red meat out of my diet, I have not craved it. There are plenty of options on campus to fill your hunger without scarfing down some bacon. Instead, try the grilled chicken at Nelson, or turkey sandwich at Boyd. My personal favorite: Latitude 39 has a delicious black bean burger that is great when you’re craving a cheeseburger.

Drink green tea instead of coffee

This resolution was particularly hard for me in the beginning, as I am an avid coffee lover. But I found that I added an excess of cream and sugar to my coffee before drinking it, making it high in calories.

Green tea is a great antioxidant and has numerous health benefits. If drinking it alone is too bland for you, try pairing it with raw honey or lemon, as they have many health benefits and gives a sweeter taste to the tea. If you are worried about not getting your morning caffeine fix, green tea is packed with caffeine that will help give you the jump start you need in the morning.

My personal favorite brand of green tea is the Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime Tea. It’s decaf so I can drink it throughout the day without getting anxious because of too much caffeine.

Take time out of your week to read or write

In high school, I loved reading for pleasure. But in college, I feel like I never have time to read or would rather do something else. My problem is forcing myself to sit down and read—but when I do, I never regret it.

My suggestion to anyone else who struggles with finding time to read or write for pleasure, or struggle with making yourself do one of the two, choose one night before bed once a week and force yourself to do that activity. Most of us lay in bed on our phone shuffling through social media, but taking that away for one night can help you get back into the groove with reading or writing.

Attend a fitness class once a week

Many of us find Ping intimidating when we’re by ourselves or simply can’t find the time in our busy schedules to go and workout. Ping offers some great fitness classes that usually only last about an hour. It’s a fun way to get your heart rate up and to get some awesome exercise. Go with a group of friends and make it apart of your schedule to encourage healthy habits without becoming a “gym rat.”

My favorite classes this semester are Zumba with Ernesto on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Yoga on Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. Ernesto exudes great energy and creates an environment where everyone feels comfortable whether you’re a gym regular or not. Sunday night yoga is a way to wind down from a crazy weekend and relax yourself before a week full of classes.