You might be bored as hell listening to everyone blabbering about healthy lifestyle, marathons, cards, smoothies, but you can’t deny that it is one of the latest trends and you shouldn’t ignore it. Even if you decide to stay away from this topic, your professor might think differently. So, what to do if you receive an assignment to write an essay on a healthy lifestyle? First of all, it is the same essay as any other regarding structure. It should have an introduction, a body part, and a conclusion. It should contain a key idea, like a thesis statement, just less substantial. It should be well-structured, accurately formatted… But you already know that. So here are some more ideas on how to tackle this assignment fast, without too much effort and still receive a good grade.
Idea #1. Don’t just retell fashion magazines
It is tempting to take several latest articles about smoothie bowls and start retelling them without digging deeper. It is not only a wrong thing to do, but it is also unbearably boring. All those magazines are not bad by themselves, but finally, they just copy each other. You can get some fresh ideas, but you should be a master of analysis.
Idea #2. Try to solve practical rather than theoretical problems
An essay is not a thesis; you are not supposed to make an in-depth analysis using experiments and intricate methodology. You are much more free in your ways and means. Due to this, you can choose a problem which bothers people of your age, for example, and introduce a hero. If you read some more high-quality articles and papers, you will see, that they use this option a lot. “Paul is overweight, but at the same time, he is not inactive. He plays basketball, and he tried jogging, but he doesn’t last for long. He is X pounds less than “obese” category for his height, and he is worried that in half a year he might cross this line.” Solve Paul’s problem, not the general problem of obesity, and you will get your professor’s attention.
Idea #3. Don’t get too personal
Solving practical problems, it is easy to forget that you are still writing an academic essay, not a blog post about flaws in your lifestyle. Of course, if your essay is a personal reflection paper, it would be a must. In other cases, you should not even use words “I, we, me, my.”It is obligatory to stay impersonal and to use expressions like “research shows,” “experts believe,” “Americans often…”, “students nowadays prefer.” It is not boring or dry; it is professional.
Idea #4. Don’t be afraid of obvious solutions
When it comes to a healthy lifestyle everything is rather obvious and have been discovered before you: people should eat less and more concisely, should have more physical activity and should sleep enough time letting their bodies to deal with stress and fatigue. If a person doesn’t have some critical diseases, following this list is enough to be moderately healthy and energetic. In case you doubt it — try it out, believe us, it will help. Don’t be afraid to state these solutions in your essay if needed or to elaborate on one of them. Be creative. Magazines, lifestyle bloggers speculate on these three topics for decades, and it is still a billions-worth industry.
Idea #5. Use numbers to prove your points
For example, World Health Organization states that you should have at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week, and one session should be not less than 15 minutes. Recently the norms for “healthy” drinking were updated. Before that, the norms of sugar were declined. Use these facts, these numbers as ideas for your essay or use them to state your own ideas in your paper. Without solid numbers and references to reliable primary sources, your paper will look shallow.
Of course, if you make too many grammar mistakes, it doesn’t matter whether your idea is good or now. So make sure to proofread your essay or get some external help with it. Try to finish writing at least in 24 hours, so you have time to read it once more before the submission after some time passes.