How being healthy can help make 2020 a great year

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Opinion: Taking care of yourself now will pay off for 2020 and years beyond.

When I look back at 2019 and earlier, there were a lot of moments in my lifetime that I wasn’t active.

Being a high school football player, you’ve got to be in the gym, or be really active in order to improve your game. So for most of my high school life, I was in the gym every two to three days; while on top of it we had ether practice or game each day. But when summer happened, considering I knew varsity sports weren’t the thing for me, I took a bit of time away from the gym.

When this happened, I felt my body wasn’t at the healthiest it could have been. I was eating tons of sugary sweets, because for the last four years of my life I wasn’t lazy by any means necessary.

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When my first semester of college came around, I noticed when I never went to the gym, my health started to decrease, and I became more and more sick. When I went home during the holidays, I decided to weigh myself. The last time I weighed myself, I was 180 pounds. I felt at this time my health was the best, because at this time, I was done football. When I weighed myself this time around however, in less than a year, I gained 30 pounds. I weighed 210.

That’s why this year, 2020, I made sure part my New Year’s Resolution would be me going back to the gym.

As college students, we have so much stuff and time that we must cram into every single day. One day, you could be bored out of your mind, and another you find yourself struggling with a full school day. But, being healthy isn’t just about being active and working out. It’s all about eating what’s good for you.

You know what I’m talking about. Your vegetables, fruits, milk, grain and meat that are on Canada’s Food Guide. I know it’s been covered in many ways but in a way, it’s the information you need to be healthy. College students usually are too busy to cook and will order take-out food or they order takeout because their parents didn’t really show them how to cook.

For example I would always order takeout, because I didn’t feel up to the task of cooking something, or I would rush because I wouldn’t have time to cook and do my schoolwork. But cooking and making sure you can feed yourself a healthy diet is important for when you’re living in the real world as well. You might have a family one day, and you may need to cook for them.

Being active and eating healthy and making sure your physical health is good can automatically boost your mental health and emotional well-being, as well, making you happier overall.

My goal for 2020 is to be the best person I can be. I can’t be that if I’m not healthy. That’s why being healthy can help make 2020 a great year.

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