How to avoid the Freshman 15

How to avoid the Freshman 15

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After the first semester of college freshman are expected to gain 15 pounds due to stress eating and lack of exercise. Well, here are a few tips on how to keep that Freshman 15 down and keep the GPA rising.

Healthy Life Skills 1112 is a class students are required to take at the University of Central Oklahoma, this is to provide “Comprehensive investigation into the current methods of health promotion,” as stated by the University of Central Oklahoma.

Health promotion may sound textbook but after the phrase is broken down, it has some helpful tips for keeping a students body in check.

The definition of health promotion according to the Health Promotion Journal is “The art and science of helping people discover the synergies between their core passions.”

The majority of people think that keeping a body in shape means being physically fit. That would be incorrect. Finding the synergy between the core passions of people incorporates emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health as well as physical health.

This basically means that having healthy attitudes, relationships, educations, and movements are just as important as being physically fit. The body needs a balance of all of these to be healthy.

How in the world do students have time to maintain healthy bodies and healthy GPA’s when there is barely enough time to walk from one class to the next without feeling rushed.

The first thing to keep in mind is that being imperfect is something to happily accept. There will be days where nothing goes right and just when it cannot get any worse it starts to rain. Accept that and everything else will start to come easier.

After having a look at the class schedule for the semester, having an agenda or trying to plan everything out starts to seem like a great idea.

Students should keep in mind that food needs to be planned along with everything else. Forgetting to eat is easier than they might think and it results in the body storing more fat than it would burn because it is saving the body fat and using it for energy.

The second thing to remember is that even if students do not make it to the gym that is not the only way to get that heart racing. Doing a simple 30 minute exercise a students bedroom can work as well as making a trip to the gym except working out where students live may be at the advantage of the time schedule they are constantly racing against.

Third, coffee and caffeine are miracle workers when it comes to staying up late to study or waking up early to get ready for class but remember, the body needs water to function and being hydrated provides energy for the body. This does not include the water it takes to make the coffee.

Carrying water bottles in backpacks will be a reminder of how much water was consumed that day or how much more needs to be consumed to prevent dehydration. This will also balance out the amount of calories drank in the caffeinated beverages.

Number four on this list is food. All students should pay attention to the food they are eating. This is not an unhealthy habit, it will make them more aware of the freshman 15 and keeping it off by choosing healthier and better foods.

Choosing to eat vegetables instead of chips as a snack or a salad instead of a hamburger and fries. Healthy food results in providing energy for the body and that means no making up for energy with coffee and soda.

Last on the list is the most important, sleep. Everyone needs sleep. The amount of sleep varies from person to person and very little sleep is found in college students. Lack of sleep can sometimes be avoided but it not always chosen.

Remember that missing out on something to get a little more sleep may help down the road in more than one way. Keeping your body strong and energized will never negatively affect students or their GPA’s.



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