Everyone has heard tell of the dreadful “Freshman Fifteen” and many college students fall victim to it, but you certainly don’t have to! Yes, college gives you many appealing options for gorging on food, such as fast food restaurants on campus or late night dining halls, but don’t let the popular habit of stress eating control you in college.
I know it’s exciting to go from eating what and when your parents tell you to eat, to controlling your own food choices, but the key to not gaining that weight and staying fit in college is to actually control it.
First of all, try not to eat late (even if you’re up studying all night) and be conscious about what you snack on. Especially when living in a dorm, it is easy to eat unhealthy snacks because you have a meal plan and vending machines, rather than a kitchen, but have no fear! Colleges do always provide ways for students to stay healthy in body as well as mind!
The majority of colleges will have a main gym and recreation center, and some even have some workout machines in the dorms. This makes working out very easily accessible for students because you can workout at anytime, even in between classes and studying.
Many schools even offer classes at their gyms so you can get involved in anything from cycling to kickboxing to Zumba and discover new fun ways to work out and make friends in the process! The gym is one place on your campus where you can meet people from all different areas of interest that you wouldn’t typically run into otherwise, so you should certainly take advantage of that.
The most difficult part about working out, especially in college, is forming a habit and staying dedicated through a busy schedule. It can be very difficult because many college students’ schedules change from week to week depending on work, review sessions, what activities they’re involved in, etc. But it typically takes only about two weeks for a human to form a habit, so if you really want to stay fit your just need a little bit of persistence.
If you push yourself to work out in the beginning, you will soon realize that exercise just becomes a part of your mindset and thus your everyday lifestyle. Working out doesn’t have to be inconvenient, especially when you live on your campus because you can quickly access your gym bag in your dorm and then run over to the gym in between your scheduled events.
College is a great time to take care of your body and form the habit of working out because when your body is young it obviously works better. Train it to be healthy, strong, and efficient. Colleges even offer the options of club and intramural sports such as tennis, track and field, soccer, and more, so it’s unlikely that you won’t be able to find a form of exercise at your school that interests you.
Go to college and enjoy yourself and indulge in the occasional cafeteria dessert, but remember the importance of pushing yourself to work out. Eventually it will become second nature to you and really help you have a clear mind and attitude towards your academics, as well as a young and healthy feeling body!