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Staying fit while juggling a busy school schedule may seem either impossible, or like it is the least of your worries.

Homework and studying for exams seem to steal any time students could use to get in shape. However, there are little things everyone can do throughout their day that can work towards maintaining healthy habits and do not take time away from school obligations.

Taking walks throughout the day is a good way to help set a healthy foundation.

If it’s possible, try parking further away from the building where your classes are located. the extra distance helps kick off of your day, even if the distance may not seem like much.  If you ride the bus to school, getting off a few stops before your stop can extend the amount you walk.

The gaps between classes can be used to take walks around campus, or you can walk to lunch at some of the restaurants near De Anza.

If professors offer breaks between classes, take this time and move around. Whether the length of the break, you can walk around outside the classroom or even do some stretches at your desk.  

Apart from physical activity, it’s important that students maintain healthy eating and drinking habits. Carrying a water bottle everyday to school is great way to remind you to drink water throughout the day.

De Anza students can view the dining service menu along with its nutrition facts online, at: deanza.edu/diningservices/nutrition.htm, so students can make sure they are eating healthfully. If you don’t eat on campus, try packing your own lunch from home. Ideally, it’s best to prepare meals that would last throughout the whole school week.

As students, it’s easy to forget the importance of physical activity and health in general, but following these easy routines can go a long way.

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