How To Avoid Freshman 15

For many first year students, the “freshman 15” is one of the most well known – and notorious stigmas associated with entering college. Despite it’s prevalence in popular culture, the freshman 15 is largely a myth.

Although many people may experience fluctuations in weight upon entering college, you can easily stay healthy by following a few guidelines and using some good old-fashioned common sense.

Make sure you balance good diet and plenty of exercise. Take advantage of your school’s available workout facilities or offered intramurals or club sports. Try to choose healthy options at your dorm cafeteria. This doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself on salad every night, but make sure you don’t try to survive on brownies and chips either.

Opting water over soda and energy drinks is another no-brainer way to stay healthy without interfering with the busy life of a college student. A reusable water bottle during class not only saves money on having to constantly buy pre-packaged drinks, but also helps keep you hydrated.

Finally, make sure you are getting plenty of sleep and maintaining a healthy stress level. Pulling all-nighters may seem like a good way to cram for a test, but in the long run lack of sleep will affect your health and disrupt your metabolism.

Click the video below for more ways to stay healthy and learn how to avoid the freshman 15!

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Emily Margosian

Emily Margosian

Emily Margosian is a senior at Augustana College, and is pursuing degrees in Political Science and Multimedia Journalism. She currently reports for her campus newspaper, The Augustana Observer, in addition to serving as sustainability co-chair within her sorority. When not participating in activities on campus, Emily enjoys searching for new recipes to experiment with. She hopes to one day do public relations work for art-based non-profit organizations
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