7 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15

 

Get Fit at College- 7 small changes to make so you can achieve college health. College fitness isn't hard, and there's no gym required!

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1)Get Fit in College- Do Simple Yoga/Meditation in the Morning When You Wake Up.

I started by downloading two of my favorite apps- Sworkit and Stop, Breathe, and Think. Sworkit is a workout app designed for customized workouts- you can select the time, intensity, goals, equipment, and more! They have a great selection of yoga for everyone, no matter who you are. Choose the low-intensity(no jumping) workouts if you live on the top floor and are doing 6 am workouts. Choose the Sun Salutation to wake you up in the morning, and the Yoga for Runners (they also have yoga for a billion other sports) if you want to stretch before you head out for your morning jog. What I like about Sworkit is the time intervals. You do one exercise for 30 seconds, before a 10 second break. Then you do a new exercise, and repeat. You’re never doing one exercise for more than 30 seconds at a time, which keeps me from getting bored…

Stop, Breathe, and Think is a free meditation app designed for everyone… You can either go straight in and choose one of the many meditation options, along with it’s duration, or you can start with a check-in. You answer a quick series of questions about how you’re feeling mentally and physically, and then it suggests different meditations for you. They seriously have meditations for everything- when you’re sick, when you’re happy, stressed, jealous, frustrated, overwhelmed, grateful, worried, etc… The voice is very calming and I like that they’re all very quick…

 

2)Get Fit at College- Get off the Bus a Stop or Two Early

… try getting off a stop or two early and walking the rest of the way there! Walking is an easy, but super helpful part of how to get fit at college- and anywhere, actually. Studies like this one from the C3 Collaborating for Health Organization show that walking an average of 30 minutes daily… is extremely beneficial to both your physical and mental health…

3)Get Fit at College- WATER

We’ve talked again and again here about the benefits of drinking a large amount of water each day… Not only does drinking water regularly keep you awake, help your mood, and detox your body, but it can also help you lose weight and get your skin looking better as well!… Keeping a large water bottle constantly full with me and drinking a glass with every meal helps a lot…

4)Get Fit in College- Sit on an Exercise Ball While You Do Homework

This is a double whammy! This is talked about all the time, but the act of balancing on the exercise ball while working on homework or something else at a desk (even while watching tv) helps you concentrate better, and gives your core a workout!…

5)Get Fit at College- Take the Stairs

…Take the stairs!… It’s one of the easiest ways to burn calories and get fit at college…

Get Fit in College- 7 small changes to make so you can achieve college health. College fitness isn't hard, and there's no gym required!

6)Get Fit at College- Watching Your Food Intake/Counting Calories

…On MyFitnessPal… or the United States Department of Agriculture’s SuperTracker, you can enter in this information, as well as your weight goal (lose, gain, or maintain weight) and they will tell you the recommended amount of calories for you to eat, as well as carbs, sugars, etc. (On SuperTracker you can also keep track of the “empty” calories you’re allowed per day, as well as your daily recommended vitamin intakes). As you go throughout your day, you enter the food you eat (they have many specific restaraunts and brands, as well as a bar code scanner, but if you’re going off of cafeteria or generic food, simply choose a good estimate of the same thing). It will update you throughout the day as of how many calories and other things you have left…

Get Fit in College- 7 small changes to make so you can achieve college health. College fitness isn't hard, and there's no gym required!

7)Get Fit at College- Bike to Class!

You get to leave for class later and get fit at college while working your way to Carrie Underwood legs; I see no negative here! Biking is a great way to get around campus, just make sure you have a bike lock! Who needs a car?!…

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