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Health Tips for Soon-to-Be Graduates

By Genevieve Cunningham

It's almost spring. We're literally weeks away from the warmth and sunshine and green. For some people, this means it's almost time to plant a garden. For others, it means baseball and picnics and nature walks. And for a great many, it signals a significant change in life. What kind?  It's almost graduation time. Teenagers and adults alike are graduating from high school and college in just a few short months, and then life as they know it changes. While this is definitely a wonderful accomplishment, it can also be a challenge. Suddenly everything is different, and it's hard to adjust. If you're graduating soon, make the process a little less scary by making a plan for your health and getting prepared for whatever life throws your direction.

Create a Schedule

When we're in school, we have an automatic schedule. We have classes to attend, so we can't stay up all night and sleep until noon. But after graduation, all of that changes. If you have a job, that will help, but it's still important to keep a schedule in the other areas of your life. Keep a good wake up time and bedtime. Keep your workouts on a schedule. This helps your body stay in rhythm, and it also keeps your healthy habits intact.

Stay Active

It's tempting to get really lazy after graduation -- and this is especially true for the high school graduates. It's so important to stay active. If you become too sedentary, you'll burn fewer calories and gain weight. But if you stay active, you can keep your body fit and healthy. How can you stay active? Join a fun sports league. Join a gym. It doesn't really matter how you choose to stay active as long as you get up and get moving.

Be Willing to Change

Whether you're graduating from high school or college doesn't matter. You're about to change. And if you want to stay healthy -- mentally and physically -- you have to be OK with the change that's coming. Accept that things are going to change and embrace it. Be open to new ideas about your body, your health, your work, and your life. The more open you are to change, the easier it's going to be to create the life that you want.

Graduation is such a fun and exciting time in life! You're closing one chapter and opening another. And that can be so rewarding. But it's also a challenging time. It's hard to maintain health and stay on track with all of the new happenings. Use these tips to keep your health under control, and be prepared to roll with the punches as your life unfolds in new and exciting ways.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Collins, Colo.

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