BY SYLVIA KOHL
Receiving low grades is not the only college student’s nightmare. In fact, gaining the “freshman 15” is considered much worse, especially by the female population of campus. There are several simple ways to stay in a good shape and avoid this syndrome.
First of all, it is crucial to understand why some teens face this typical problem. The causes might be:
- Poor food quality
- Bad habits
- Passive lifestyle (sedentary life)
- Lack of motivation
- Too much pocket money
Do not focus on your studies only – the life still goes on, so your fit body will play you a favor. All you actually have to do is to take care of your daily ration and physical exercises. Cheerleading activities and football may be not that popular in college like they were back at your high school. However, you can be the one to set your own fashion standards.
Share these helpful hints with your peers to see how well you can control your weight and stay healthy in any environment.
- Health & wellness center
Sign up for such facility to have regular check-ins in professional doctor’s office. In case your college does not provide its students with such opportunity, it would be cheaper or even free for students to keep track of their health condition in one of the public hospitals around. It would be great if you possess a financial opportunity to pay for individual physician, but it is not necessary.
- Join a club sport
Every educational institution has one or more sport clubs despite its level. And we’re not talking about chess or other board games. It can be ping-pong or mini-golf – in other words, any activity which trains both your body and your brain. Swimming is a nice option for lazy people. It is the only kind of sports that makes ALL human muscles move. It is said that this type of after-class activity burns about 400-500 calories in 40 minutes. Some sources name different numbers, but they are still great.
- Avoid getting too drunk
I am not telling you to avoid alcohol in any life situation. Unfortunately, this is the thing most students can’t resist. The good news is that you can at least try to control the level of alcohol in your blood during loud parties and gigs. If you decide to drink some beer or cocktails, choose physically and emotionally safe environment. Besides, the majority of standard alcohol beverages contain upwards of 100 calories per serving.
- Don’t skip the workouts
Except for extra weight, students may face shoulder and back pain. At least 15 minutes of going sweat per day might solve this problem if you select the right exercises. You can read more on the typical pain students may experience to discover details.
- Watch after your daily ration
Nutrition is something you have to take care of. Healthy teens avoid sugary cereal, French fries, hamburgers, and pizza. As for the ice cream, milk shake, or popcorn at the cinema, it is OK when done in a while. It is better to exclude crisps! Switch to veggies, lean protein, and fresh fruits/vegetables.
Sylvia Kohl is an IT teacher with more than 7 years of professional experience. Her main spheres of interest are e-education and beta-testing. This writer chose news about the increasing role of IT usage in colleges and schools as the most common topic for her articles.