Preventing the Freshman 15

bold text+ Everybody has heard of it. The dreaded "Freshman 15". Once you leave home and start college, it's easy to pack on the pounds. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy while in college:

*Seek out healthy options All three of the main dining areas (Wag, Dub's, and Hawk's Nest) have salad bars with a variety of toppings. These dining areas also include many other healthy foods that you can incorporate into your meals.

*Limit fast food Fast food is often high in carbohydrates, fat, sodium, and therefore very unhealthy. Limiting your fast food purchases will not only keep you more healthy, but save you money.

*Take advantage of the Student Rec. Center All students can get into the Rec. Center for free. This is what part of your tuition pays for! You can lift weights, use the treadmill or elliptical, run on the track, or play basketball. The Rec. Center also offers multiple group exercise classes, including yoga, kickboxing, and cardio dance.
Hours of operation are:

Monday - Thursday: 6:30 a.m. - Midnight
Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - Midnight

*Take Advantage of outdoor resources* There are many local outdoor resources! If you live on or near campus but don't want to work out indoors at the Student Rec. Center , exploring the nearby trails is always a fun choice ( Also, if you live near Wrightsville Beach or if you have transportation, walking or running the Wrightsville Beach Loop is a great way to stay active!

*Plan it out Take a few minutes everyday to think about when you might be hungry and when you plan to exercise. This wil prevent you from getting overwhelmed and skipping workouts and eating out.

*Get involved in sports There are many intramural and club sports offered at UNCW. These are a great way to both stay healthy and meet new people. Also when you are around people who value physical fitness, it is much easier to stay motivated.

*Know what to eat Eating the right food is very important in staying healthy. Information on what to eat and how much to eat is available at

*Walk or bike whenever possible It saves you money on gas and is easier to get around! You can bike to the grocery store or walk to your classes. All the little trips you walk or bike really add up and help to keep off any extra weight.

*Be careful of how much alcohol you consume Alcohol is definitely a hidden source of calories. On average a single drink can contain up to 100 calories! Check out this link for more information (it includes a drink/calorie estimator!) If you insist on drinking, drink just liquor as it is better for you than beer, neither are good though.

*Make sure you are getting enough sleep It might sound random, but getting enough sleep helps keep your metabolic rate high and torch calories. When you don't have enough sleep, you are more apt to eat junk food with sugar to compensate for your lack of energy. Aim for 7 to 8 hours a night and make sleep a priority!

Being Physically Fit The key to having the highest confidence and feeling the best is all due to taking care of your body, letting your muscles grow, and being fit. If you are happy with yourself then that is all you need.
Not only is it important to make yourself get into the gym and workout, but to workout efficiently. Focus on doing High-Intensity workouts that involve your whole body. These workouts will help you burn fat as well as boost your metabolic rate. Simply running on the treadmill or elliptical for 30 minutes is not very efficient.

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