How to avoid the freshman 15!

Listen, I’m sure everyone has heard of the horrid Freshman 15. Making the transition from your mothers home cooked meals, to living on nothing but noodles, pop-tarts and fast food is a big adjustment. Gaining weight your freshman year is not something that you have to settle for.

Many schools offer numerous ways to ensure their students live a healthy lifestyle while on and off campus. Here’s just a few tips to help keep off those unwanted college pounds…

  • Get out there and be active: Whether its going to the gym, competing on a team, or simply taking the stairs instead of the elevator, you have to get yourself moving. The gym is there for you..use it! Look into the different classes your fitness center has to offer. You’ll be surprised as to how many there are to offer. If there is no class that appeals to you, try starting your own, chances are you are not the only one who likes it. Yoga, cycling, and Zumba are just a few offered here at Benedictine University. I know the elevator may be the most tempting thing to take after 4 classes and walking all around campus, but taking the stairs keeps you alert and promotes a healthier lifestyle.
  • Managing your time: As a current college student I know about the late nights and restless days that many students repeat weekly. Getting enough sleep is key to being able to  function properly throughout the day without feeling groggy or restless. Setting a steady sleeping schedule will help yourself get in the habit of getting a full 8 hours of sleep. Waiting until ten o’clock the night before an exam to study is not ideal if you want to perform at your best the next day. Its is important to know when your schedule will best allow you to be the most productive. It is all about balancing sleep, studying and your social life while at school.
  • Having a healthy diet: In conjunction with the previous two, having a healthy diet will insure you are getting all of the nutrients and energy you need to push through those long days. With so many fast food choices and quick and easy options that are advertised to us, it is up to ourselves to take the initiative and chose healthier options. Try choosing a more balanced plate when in your dinning halls. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are all good sources of energy that will last through that long night class.

You do not have to be a body builder to use the gym, a Zumba instructor to enjoy a class or a nutritionist to know how to eat smarter. Combined, all three of these tips will help keep off the weight gained from being at school, as well as living a better life for when you have graduated college. Remember, it is the little things that add up to one monumental personal gain!

Hope these few tips put you at ease about the Freshman 15!

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