Avoiding The Freshman
Unfortunately, one part of college life seems inevitable; the dreaded freshman fifteen! Luckily, if you are diligent enough to avoid packing on the pounds, this weight gain can be avoided. Here are some important tips to remember to make sure you can maintain a rockin’ hot bod:
11. Set a goal:
Setting a goal is the best way to keep your weight on track! Whether it is to lose five pounds or one hundred pounds, your journey must begin with a plan! A goal can range from a few months to a few years. Whatever that goal might be, make a definite deadline to keep yourself working towards the end!
10. Make a workout schedule:
Mapping out a schedule is a guarantee for success. At times, it may seem impossible to force yourself to go to the gym when you’re being bombarded with papers and exams. Try making a calendar or adding reminders in your phone! Scheduling workouts around your classes and activities is important to keep yourself from being caught up in the books!
9. Throw out the junk:
To ensure you don’t eat out of boredom, make sure junk food doesn’t cross through your dorm room door. Make sure you don’t stock your dorm with Girl Scout cookies and potato chips. Keeping the junk out of sight and substituting the bad foods for something healthier like apples and peanut butter can help keep you on the right track and keep the cravings at bay.
8. Miles of Smiles:
Let’s face it; there are probably a billion other things you would rather be doing than running, doing crunches, and doing squats. How does one solve this dilemma? Make your work out fun! Grab some girls and go to a Zumba class, learn some new dance moves, walk around the mall and go window shopping, try a cycle class with awesome tunes, or even just turn the radio on in your dorm and start moving! Look online for great alternatives to the dreaded treadmill.
7. The Great Outdoors:
Tons of students get pent up in their dorms watching TV. Why not take a walk outside? Even just a ten minute jog can improve your mood. Ride your bike, walk the dog, go on a tour or spend your time exploring campus. When you can, ride your bike or walk to a friend’s house! It’s great for the environment and your health!
6. Mindless munchies:
This is no doubt one of the hardest struggles any college student faces. Eating out of boredom is one of the most difficult habits to break, and many don’t even notice they’re doing it! To avoid this, many have found it beneficial to keep a food diary by recording their daily meals. Making a conscious effort to track your food intake will allow you to see if you are overeating!
Keep yourself away from the pantry by finding things to occupy your time and destroy your boredom! Go for a walk, study outside, and find a new club or hobby. Keep your life active so you don’t fill your boredom with food.
5. Power in pairs:
There’s got to be at least one of your friends who want to stay fit too. Call her up and force her to go pump some iron with you, and make her do the same. Ask her to make sure you order a salad at dinner instead of a large order of fries. No matter how much you complain, if she’s a good friend she will do her best to help you be the hot mama you want to be! Nothing is better than a successful high five with your bestie after a killer cross fit workout!
4. Device Dilemma:
Electronics become a part of our lives more and more ever day. Between all the social media, TV, and Netflix we have to keep up with, it’s hard to fall into the trap of living a sedentary life. To maintain your weight, one must take a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. So instead of binge watching Gossip Girl for three days straight, try to spread your TV time apart. If you just HAVE to keep going, download it to your smartphone and watch it on the treadmill. Gossip girl may make you happy, but let’s face it, a bangin’ bod is even better!
3. Avoid the bad drinks:
Alcohol is a blessing and a curse. Unfortunately, this God-given gift may be one of the sources of your freshman fifteen blues. Parties and events surround you with unhealthy drinks that are packed with sugar and carbs. Next time you go to the bar, avoid ordering beers and sugary drinks! Drinks mixed with juice are healthier and don’t pack as many carbs as beer. Check labels and be smart!
2. Review Your diet
As we grow up, our body changes. If we don’t change our diet along with our body, it can result in a weight gain. Your metabolism can’t handle the pizza and ramen diet like it did when you were a kid! Do some research online and see if the foods you eat every day are as good as you think they are! A healthy body is actually achieved seventy percent at the table and thirty percent in the gym, so choose wisely! Look of some diet plans that fit your needs and will give you that extra push to reach your goal.
1. Treat yourself at least once
Treat yourself?! Yes, that’s right. After working so hard, it IS okay to have a little treat. One piece of pizza a month won’t kill you, and it will tide you over when you’re getting sick of all of those leafy greens! The goal is to stay healthy without starving yourself. Love your body and reward it occasionally, but nourish it with health foods as much as possible! Remember to love your body no matter what step of your journey you are at!