Ahh, the “Freshman 15!” We’re all aware of the term. It’s the infamous amount of weight a new college student is supposedly destined to gain. Goodbye to nightly home cooked meals and reasonable bedtime hours, and hello to endless food choices, alcohol, and late-late nights. But, while the newfound independence is exciting to most college students, what isn’t is the dreaded indication that they’re going to gain 15 pounds by the end of their freshman year. What horror to have this as a concern before you even step foot on campus!
Luckily though, a recent study conducted by Ohio State University revealed that the “Freshman 15” is indeed a myth. However, what isn’t false is that with still being immersed in a new environment, it’s likely for college students to gain an unhealthy lifestyle. College is a time to form good habits, hopefully, and learn new things that will benefit you in the future. So, whether you’re about to embark on your college career, or sending a loved one off to campus, or you know someone who knows someone on their way to university.
Here are a few tips that will help students sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Walk or bike to class.
It’s the simplest way to keep your body moving. It doesn’t matter if the campus is large or small, walking or biking should always be your first option. You don’t need to power walk, jog, or run…well maybe so if you’re late to class. Skip the shuttle, save your gas money, and use your feet!
Use the gym.
Most college campuses gives students an all-access free pass, and you should most definitely take advantage of that. Get a workout buddy. If you’re not a fan of all the machines in the gym, try group exercise classes, the swimming pool, intramural sports as well. Any activity that keeps you moving and burning calories is good enough.
Skip the processed food.
When eating on campus of course there will be plenty of processed food options, and maybe that’s easier when you’re running short of time. But, also be aware of the healthier food options in the dining hall, because not everything is just pizza and tacos. Train yourself on portion control. Your plate does not to be completely full of food. Also, it’s all about making better choices. If you decide to have dessert with your meal, make the decision to skip out on soda. There’s no need to deprive yourself with every single meal.