The early 20s is a period of time in a person’s life where they develop habits they will take with them for the rest of their life.  There are many factors that affect how an individual may go about their day to day business; family, friends, work, school, the weather, and many more.  Your 20s is a time where the excitement of being an adult slowly starts to subside and real life sinks in.  After high school ends, individuals go off into college or maybe into a job they will have for the rest of their life.  Time management becomes a critical skill to develop, otherwise life becomes extremely chaotic.  In this time, one has to decide, with all the things going on in their life, how to take care of themselves.  Is sleep more important that the work that needs to be done?  Do i cook food or do I just get take out?  I have a pain in my chest, what do I do about it?  Those are all simple questions, but sometimes we are too busy to find time to answer those questions.

As a Health and Exercise Science major at Syracuse University, I have decided to use my  a test dummy for all my readers.  I plan to use the information that I learn from school and articles I come across to show how easy it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The misconceptions of that prevent most of the individuals in my age group from leading a healthy lifestyle are as follows: (1) I don’t have enough time in the day to exercise and prepare a meal for myself, (2) eating healthy is very expensive, (3) I am too tired/sore to work out.  Many questions arise regarding how to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but lack a thorough explanation or run through of how the individual did it.

For the next 5 weeks, my blog will give the readers insight on my attempt to analyze the effects of a healthy diet accompanied by exercise on individuals in their early 20s.  By tracking my progress with a daily food and exercise diary, this process may be replicated by others regardless of their past diets or levels of health.  To quantify the results of this regiment, baseline measurements of weight, heart rate, the amount of times I order food within a week, and the time it takes for me to run a mile will be taken.  The measurements for those categories will again be taken at the halfway point and at five weeks.

This blog will supplement the trials and tribulations of this regiment, along with the benefits I feel during this period.  My goal is to show that the common misconceptions about a healthy lifestyle can be overcome easier than expected.  For this week I will leave you this quote to contemplate on and address it in my last blog of this 5 week program.  “Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent.  We cannot nurture others from a dry well.  We need to take care of our own needs first, then we can give from our surplus, our abundance” Jennifer Louden