Prevent the freshman, sophomore, junior or senior 15!

We’ve all heard about the threatening Freshman 15. Some have experienced it while others took steps to avoid it. Students have experienced the back to school weight gain in following years as well. Never fear! I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to help keep you from having to go up a size this fall.

I was a victim of the Freshman 15 my first year away from home. It’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits and not even realize it. One of the main problems I had was eating healthy with my dining plan. What’s wrong with pizza and cheeseburgers everyday? A lot.

We’re all experiencing the dining hall changes this fall and may feel limited to what there is to eat around here!

If you haven’t tried The Nest, I suggest you do. They have some healthy options to add to your daily diet including a fresh salad and fruit bar and a station where you can order delicious wraps! There are also ways to be healthy throughout the rest of our dining facilities on campus. Try to add fruits and veggies to your meal instead of fries or chips. And if you just HAVE to have Chick-fil-a, go for something grilled and a fruit cup instead of upgrading to a large number 1. If you make a conscious effort to choose the healthier option, it’ll soon become a habit!

Being conscious of what you’re putting into your body isn’t the only thing that will keep you from putting on those extra pounds. You also need to find ways to stay active!

It’s easy to become lazy during the school year. Why? Because we get tired! Waking up early for class, trudging through the hot, humid air on campus, sitting through numerous lectures then topping off the day with reading and homework assignments. College students live a rough life, ya know?

I promise that staying active will give you that boost of energy you need to get through the day, while also keeping you feeling alert and better about yourself. There are tons of ways to stay active around campus and I encourage you to give up 30 to 60 minutes of Facebook each day to give your body the attention that it needs!

If you enjoy running, take a jog around the RAC trails or up and down campus. Challenge yourself to go a little longer or faster each time you’re out! If you’re like me, and have never been a runner but would like to give it a try, start off by running in the grass around the softball fields. This is a safer way to get started to allow your muscles and joints to get used to the motion and impact. If you ever get discouraged, make yourself keep it up for just one more minute! You may be surprised that you can push yourself harder than you think. Then think about how awesome it’ll be when you’re ready to run the True Blue 5K!

If you’re not big into running, or like to change up your workouts, Group Fitness classes are an awesome way to fit in your workout while having fun! Free classes are offered daily and there are so many to choose from. If you aren’t particularly fond of a class after your first time, don’t make up your mind just yet. Try a class three or four times before you decide it’s not for you. You never know what your body will adapt to if you just give it a chance.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and everyone’s body responds in different ways. Find the routine that works best for YOU, not what works best for the people around you.

Eat right, stay active and have fun!

Amanda

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