Pre-THON healthy habits

THON is upon us.

In less than a week, Penn State will dance for a cure for pediatric cancer.  In the meantime, here are tips for a healthier mind, body and soul when heading into THON weekend.

#1: Avoiding coffee completely may seem impossible to the average (and very busy) college student; so if you still need at least a little bit of a pick me up, try mixing half of your regular coffee with half of a decaf version. You’ll still get the extra energy while cutting down on your overall consumption prior to THON weekend.

#2:  It’s cold outside and you have a ton of homework to do—working out is the last thing on your mind. Convincing yourself to work out for a half hour or so a few days during the week though, will work wonders on your body and make you feel like a healthier you. Try hitting the gym or even going for a run outside. Make sure to grab your earphones and put on some motivational tunes!

#3:  Penn State is party heaven but drinking the week before THON is a bad idea. Not only will you feel yucky and hung over, but the alcohol will also weaken your immune system, putting you at risk for a cold (a big no-no during the weekend).  Try abstaining from alcohol for the next few days.  You’ll be able to make up for it on State Patty’s Day – promise.

#4:  Sleep is usually hard to come by for a college student. This week, try getting a solid eight hours of sleep a night. If you can’t get that many, some moralers recommend trying to at least stay on a steady sleep schedule. It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do for your physical and mental wellbeing.

#5:  This is college, but try being as stress free as possible. THON weekend is going to be one of the best experiences of your life! Get ready to enjoy every moment and don’t sweat the small stuff. There’s truth in the power of positive thinking.

Follow these simple tips and get ready for one of the best weekends of your life.  FTK!

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