Beat the “Freshmen 15”
Posted on September 9th, 2010
When it comes to the dining hall…
- Pay attention to what you put on your plate – think portion control; remember: pizza and ice cream are not a well-balanced diet.
- Concentrate less on calories and more on getting the recommended nutrients – eat a wide variety of food including fruits, vegetables, grains and lean proteins.
- Stay hydrated – sometimes it is easy to confuse hunger with thirst, drink water throughout the day.
When it comes to the dorm room…
- Stock up on healthy snacks – snag an apple or orange from the dining hall to satisfy hunger between meals.
- Resist late night pizza cravings – contrary to popular belief, college students do not live on pizza.
- Stay hydrated (yes, it is that important to repeat twice) – drink water; avoid sugary drinks, which can add up to extra pounds.
When it comes to exercise…
- Go outside – grab some friends or make some new friends for a pick up game.
- Enjoy the fitness center on campus – with cardiovascular and weight training machines to free weights and group fitness classes, you will not get bored!
- Sign up for intramurals – this is a great way to meet new people, try out a new sport and have fun; no experience needed.
When it comes to college (in general)…
- Get involved – student organizations need student members to run; getting involved looks good on a resume and acts as a substitute for an inactive lifestyle.
- Avoid unhealthy habits – smoking and drinking can interfere with bone health, among other health problems.
- Get enough sleep – keep a regular sleep schedule and avoid excess napping.
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