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How to Stay Fit and Avoid the Freshman 15 in College

If you found it challenging to keep your weight down while you were in high school, then it will be extra challenging in college. A lot of people don’t think they’ll gain that extra fifteen pounds during their freshman year, but if you’re not careful, it can happen much faster than you would expect. The truth of the matter is, life can get stressful while you’re in college, and most of the ways that we like to unwind are often very bad for our health. Here is how to stay fit and avoid the freshman 15 in college.

Enroll in an Athletic Class or Team

One of the easiest ways to ensure that you are burning calories on a regular basis is to enroll in some kind of exercise class on campus, or join a recreational sports team. What’s great about taking dance, yoga or any other kind of exercise class is that you will be earning college credit while having fun and staying healthy in college. The great thing about recreational sports teams is that you get to socialize and stay fit without the pressure of always winning.

Become a Bike Commuter

Like most colleges, Arizona State University is one of those schools where freshmen are not allowed to have cars. As a matter of fact, most freshmen don’t mind because almost everything is available to you on campus. However, you can really cut down the amount of time that it takes to get around if you decide to get a bike rather than walking and taking the bus. You may not be riding far, but you will definitely be able to get around much faster and easier on a bike.

Use Your Campus Gym

If there’s one thing that students of ACU’s masters in conflict resolution have learned, it’s that using your campus gym is a great way to burn calories and let off a lot of steam. Being a college student is stressful, and if you don’t find a way to get out all of your frustration, then you could find yourself taking a lot of your stress out on other people. This is definitely not a good coping mechanism because it always leads to drama, which usually leads to excessive eating or binge drinking.

Keep Your Fridge Stocked

It’s inevitable that you will have a lot of late nights when you’re in college. Whether you’re up late studying or if you’re up late hanging out with friends, you’re going to get hungry and there won’t be a lot of options. In most college towns, the only food options you have late at night are fast food chains. This is definitely one of the easiest ways to start packing on the pounds. so make sure that you always have a few healthy meals in the fridge or freezer that you can just heat up really quickly when you have the late night munchies.

Limit Your Partying

One of the most common ways that college students start to pack on the pounds is by drinking in excess. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to go out with your friends and celebrate at the end of a long week while you’re in college, but you want to make sure you aren’t compromising your health at the same time.