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Why Breakfast Deserves More CREDIT (Fall into Fitness Pt. 2)

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This week on Fall into Fitness: Why breakfast deserves more credit. 

Do you ever wish you had more time? Sometimes I feel like my life is a continual longing for more time. I constantly think to myself, "I wish I had more time to study, I wish I had more time to spend with friends and family, I wish I had more time to read the news, I wish I had more time to eat". Yes, if you’re a busy college student like me, you can probably relate with the struggle of finding time to even fulfill your basic needs like sleeping and eating.

Speaking of eating, I’m really bad at eating breakfast. Even though everyone keeps telling me, “You need to eat breakfast--it’s the most important meal of the day!!", I still don't give breakfast very much credit. First, the thought of consuming eggs and bacon first thing in the morning sounds unappetizing, and second, why would you spend 15 minutes making breakfast when instead, you can get 15 more minutes of sleep? In response to my breakfast-loving friends,  I’d roll my eyes and continue living my breakfast-less life. Yesterday morning as my stomach grumbled in my 8am Economics class, I decided that if I educated myself on the health benefits of breakfast, maybe then I could find motivation to wake up earlier to prepare breakfast. So I googled, “why is breakfast the most important meal?” and I found these reasons:

  1. Breakfast gives your body the blood sugar it needs to make your muscles and brain work
  2. Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism to burn more calories throughout the day
  3. Eating breakfast curbs craving high-fat and high-sugar foods later on in the day

I'll admit, this WebMD article was successful in convincing me that breakfast contributes to a healthier body. Was it convincing enough for me to set my alarm even earlier the next morning? Unfortunatly, no. But then I found a solution to my breakfast struggle:

Fitness Tip #3: Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are great, because it takes no morning-prep, and it’s absolutely delicious! If you haven’t heard of overnight oats, it’s basically oats that are soaked overnight in a yummy milk of your choice with other nutritious ingredients such as chia seeds, flax, and fruit. My personal favorite is peanut-butter overnight oats. I put rolled oats, almond milk, unsalted peanut butter, bananas, and chia seeds into a mason jar overnight. In the morning I’ll drizzle some sweet agave syrup on top, grab a spoon, and run out the door with it. It took me awhile to get fully used to the concept of cold oatmeal, but now I think overnight oats are actually quite refreshing and light, while also being nutritious and filling. And the best part? There are so many different kinds of overnight oats you can make.

Now that we've talked about why breakfast deserves more credit, let's talk about credit scores!

Financial Fitness Tip #3: Learn How Credit Scores are Calculated

Everyone talks about the importance of building good credit, but many don’t know how credit is calculated. This mini-course “Credit Reports and Scores” will give you an overview of how credit works and how good credit can actually help you save money. 

Last week I wrote about running my first marathon, this week is all about breakfast. What will next week's post be about? YOU choose! 

Have questions about a specific fitness or finance topic? Comment below and your topic might be featured in the next post! Also remember to subscribe!

Week 2 Morning Fitness Regimen: Rotate through these exercises for 4 minutes + 1 minute rest. Do this 3 times for a 15-minute workout!

1. 25 Jumping Jacks

2. 10 Up and Down Planks

3. 12 Lunges on each side

4. 10 v-ups

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