Nutrition & Fitness

Eating well and engaging in physical activity is critical to our physical and emotional health and wellbeing. College is an important time to explore and develop eating and exercise habits that support overall wellbeing and increase vitality and joy.

Eating Well

Eating well can mean different things for different people. There is no one "right" or "wrong" way to eat. There is no such thing as a "good" or "bad" food. The goal is to nourish your body with foods that support your health and make you feel balanced and well. Here are some tips:

  • Don't skip breakfast. Give your body the fuel it needs to perform well in and out of class.
  • Pack snacks to eat on the go. Babson students lead busy lives and you want to have snacks on hand in case you don't make it to Trim for lunch. You want to avoid feeling ravenous or "hangry", which can make you irritable or unable to focus in class.
  • Eat more fruits and veggies. These are packed with vitamins and other nutrients that make our bodies feel good and function well.
  • Listen to your body. Practice mindful eating by listening to the signals your body sends – eating when you are hungry, stopping when you feel satisfied, and noticing which foods make you feel good and which do not.
  • Practice self-compassion. We don't always eat the way we wish we did. Don't beat yourself up for eating something that looked appealing to you or comforted you in the moment. Trying to stick to rigid eating rules is stressful and can easily backfire when we feel overwhelmed, tired, sad, or hungry. Honoring a craving now and then can help you maintain a more balanced diet in the long run.
  • Avoid fad diets that encourage you to eat a single food on a consistent basis or eliminate an entire food group, like carbohydrates. Not only is fad dieting ineffective for sustained weight loss, some fad diets may be extremely harmful to your health.

Physical Activity

Exercise does wonderful things for our bodies, both physically and emotionally. But just like with nutrition, people often get hung up on the details. Some might think, "If I don't go to the gym for an hour, than what's the point?" or "If I don't break a sweat, then it really doesn't even count." But in truth, every bit of physical activity does count. Don't worry about doing the "right" activities for the "right" amount of time. You'll find that you're more motivated to exercise when you're doing something you actually enjoy. Here are some tips:

  • Make it fun! Find an activity you enjoy, like yoga, soccer, hiking, rock climbing, or dance. Do your friends want to join you?
  • Embrace variety. Mix things up and try new activities to avoid feeling stuck or bored with your routine.
  • Listen to your body. If something hurts, change what you're doing. It's not a good idea to "push through pain" and cause or exacerbate an injury.

Resources

Getting Help

If you're struggling with concerns around exercise, eating, and food, we can help.

Speak with a Nutritionist: Call Health Services to make an appointment with a Registered Dietician for nutrition education that is tailored specifically to meet each student's individual needs.

Mental Health Screening: Take a free, confidential, and anonymous online mental health screening. The screening tool provides feedback, information, and resources related to a range of concerns, including anxiety and depression to substance use, eating concerns, and trauma.

Speak With a Counselor: Schedule an appointment with Counseling Services to speak with a counselor about your concerns.