Y’all, let me just say: the “Freshman 15” is real. Like really real.
Today is my seventh post in my Back to College series. This post is probably one of the most helpful because everyone gets hit with some freshman pounds.
Hopefully, these ten tips will help ensure that you stay healthy, happy and free of those unneeded pounds.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, a nutritionist, or anything of the sort. These are tips that have worked for me. Everyone has a different body and there are things that are healthy for some people and unhealthy for others. Do what is best for you. But most importantly, love your body.
So let’s get into it.
1.) Drink water.
If any of you know me, you know that I am always the person that tries to keep everyone hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day is incredibly important because it does so much good for your body. It helps clear your skin, aid in digestion, and so many other things.
2.) Walk everywhere.
This is probably the best tip I can give you to stay healthy. In college, you’ll probably find yourself walking much more than in high school. College campuses tend to be spread over a few acres so your classes may be quite a hefty distance from each other. Chapman is a pretty small campus so classes are not too far from one another.
That being said, even if you go to a smaller campus, there will still be TONS of places you can walk to. Walk to friends’ houses, walk to parties, walk to the store (if you can), walk to lunch, dinner, midnight snacks, walk to every event you go to. If you think you can walk there, walk there.
This will save you from gaining extra pounds and save gas money!
3.) Take the stairs.
Y’all stairs do wonders for the body. If you have a class on the 4th floor, challenge yourself to take the stairs. Taking the elevator is a great way to go to class if you’re late. BUT, if you have the time, take the stairs. Your body will thank you.
4.) No junk food in your room.
This is probably the hardest one but one of the best things you can do for yourself. I’m not saying you can’t eat junk food, I’m just saying you should try to not keep it in your room. If you don’t have it readily available, you will be much less likely to eat it.
If you are a snacker (like myself), try to keep healthier snacks in your room. Get rid of chips, chocolates, and candies and trade them in for veggies, granola or cheese sticks. This way, when you want to snack, you will be doing your body some good.
5.) Know how to balance.
This is another challenging one but it is incredibly important. Know when to put the books down, know when to put the food down, know when to get out of bed. Having balance in your life and knowing when to stop eating, studying, sleeping, etc. will save you a lot of stress and will keep your brain happy.
If you struggle to balance your time or stay focused, try to plan your day in the morning and keep a to-do list with you. Then when you are going to do something, try to avoid doing it on your phone or computer so you don’t get sidetracked with social medias.
6.) Get your sleep.
This kind of ties to #5 and is so important. Sleep does so much for your body and allows you to recover from any sickness, lowers stress and helps keep your skin healthy.
Try your best to get 8 hours of sleep a night but if you can get 4-6, that is a great night’s sleep for a college student.
7.) Take care of your skin.
Skincare is incredibly important for people of any age. Wash your face, take off your makeup, wear sunscreen and wear moisturizer. If you see acne coming up, pay attention to what you are eating, wash your pillowcase and do your best to not touch your face throughout the day.
8.) Eat breakfast.
I had so many friends who would skip breakfast to get to their early classes. DO NOT DO THIS! It is incredibly unhealthy for you and may result in you eating more later in the day.
Weight gain is also shown to be more popular among people who skip breakfast. Plus, having energy in the morning for your early classes is important to keep your grades up!
9.) Find some way to reduce stress.
No matter who you are, college will find a way to stress you out. It is incredibly important to have some sort of outlet to keep your stress low.
Here are some ideas:
- Exercise of any kind
- Watching TV
- Listen to music
10.) Have a buddy.
This might be the easiest way to stay healthy. Have a friend work with you to stay healthy. Take workout classes together, go to the gym together and eat healthy meals together! Having someone else with you on the journey of staying healthy will make it so much easier to keep it going.
If you have someone to hold you accountable it will make you much more likely to actually follow through with what you want to do!
That concludes my seventh post in my Back to College series. I hope this helps you stay healthy and keep off the Freshman 15. I will see you tomorrow with another post!
How do you stay healthy? Let me know in the comments below to spread the health!
Lots of love,
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