Follow these 10 easy tips to avoid the dreaded freshman 15.
Want to avoid the freshman 15? While on your campus tour, be sure to ask to see the workout facilities. Some schools have fitness centers located right in the residence halls, while other schools offer gymnasiums or recreation centers complete with weight rooms, stationary bikes, and a swimming pool. Here, you can usually find aerobics, Pilates, dance, or yoga classes and, often, you can start a class or workout club that suits your level of interest. Check out the tips below by Chelsea Merget, a student at BU on how stay fit once you’re in college.
It’s been spoken of for generations: the infamous Freshman 15! Don’t let it happen to you. This doesn’t mean you need to feed on celery and work out 6 days a week, but there are some measures you can take to avoid this awful fate. Prevent putting on the Freshman 15 with these handy and manageable tips:
1.Take advantage of your student health services! These offices normally have a ton of brochures on healthy dieting and workout routines. You’ll be surprised by what you have overlooked for years.
2.A little walking never killed anyone. Sometimes, walking to your destination is ideal, especially if you go to school in an urban setting. Walking is a great workout, you don’t have to worry about parking. A bike isn’t a bad idea either.
3.Read the nutrition facts, you’ll be surprised. You’ve heard this a million times, but you really are what you eat. Maybe those potato chips won’t be as appealing as baby carrots once you read about all that goes into your body.
4.Find a gym buddy. Even if you don’t talk with your gym buddy while working out, you can motivate each other to go and keep a healthy workout routine going.
5.Snacking can be a good thing. As with anyone trying to watch their weight, smaller meals more frequently are easier for your body to digest and keep you full, keeping off those extra pounds. Just be sure those snacks are on the healthy side (yogurt, fruit/veggies, etc.).
6.Keep your workouts interesting. It can be difficult enough to motivate yourself to workout at all, let alone keep up a boring workout. Try different machines at the gym. Go for a run outside on occasion. Try swimming. If you try different things, you might find an ideal workout and keep yourself motivated.
7.Avoid places like coffee shops and donut dives. Even though to you it’s just a coffee, there are a ton of calorie-rich extras in those lattes and sweet-tooth drinks. If possible, make your own coffee to your liking or just order espresso shots or plain coffee. You save money, calories, and it’s more sustainable to have your own mug to use every day.
8.Develop a taste for green tea. On top of having some of that necessary caffeine, green tea boosts metabolism and often requires fewer extras to make it taste good.
9.Eat earlier rather than later. It’s easy to lose track of time and order a late night pizza for dinner, but try to set a dinner time around 5 PM or 6 PM. This gives you energy for the end of the day to finish up that studying and you give your body a chance to fully digest your meal before going to sleep.
10.Get involved! Students often make the mistake of not getting involved in college life. Being active in a student group or intramural sport is a great alternative to sitting in a dorm and snacking or watching TV.
Chelsea Merget, a junior at Boston University is pursuing a degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology and a regular contributor to SmartCollegeVisit. For other articles about college life, visit our Heading to College series.
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