July 13, 2024

Health is currently a major trend in our society. For the past few years, we have been hyper-focused on how we can maintain a healthy lifestyle not only for ourselves but for the “trend- culture” of social media.

As many may know, these health trends can entail anything from Cross Fit to juice cleanses to Soul Cycle. These activities are taking place in addition to more traditional methods of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as sports, jogging or bike-riding.

Why is our current notion of health only a trend? In other words, please do not let this “trend” die. Do not let this trend be a phase on your social media feed.

Taking care of yourself mentally and physically is something that we should all strive to do but only for ourselves.

We are carefully and intricately designed by God. We were meant to glorify him in everything we do. This means we are meant to take care of ourselves to the best of our abilities. We are called to treat our body like a temple, and are meant to live healthy, active lifestyles.

Physically taking care of yourself boosts your mood because exercise releases endorphins.

Regular exercise also keeps anxiety at bay, improves sleeping habits and reduces stress. Exercise is so beneficial to a college student who is drowning in work, midterms and homework assignments.

It is easy to get consumed in the college lifestyle. When we put our grades or social events first, it can take a toll on our health. It is difficult to keep the happy medium of feeling and doing well.

Going on a run or to the gym makes me feel more proactive about my day. It even makes me focused on my long “to-do” list. Staying healthy leads to staying happy.

In addition to being initially helpful, healthy habits are crucial for our long-term well-being.

The habits we form today affect us for our lifetime.

So do not “do it for the gram,” but rather do it for you. Do not base your health goals on what looks good on your feed; base them off what works for you and your schedule.

Taking care of yourself should be a lifestyle choice, not a trend. We should constantly be making goals for ourselves, so we can do and feel better.

Maintaining healthy habits is a goal for which our society should be permanently reaching, not a temporary achievement.

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