The American College Health Association estimates that three out of ten college students are overweight or obese.
Weight gain is a serious issue in college, and yes, it can happen to you.
Of course there are those seemingly perfect people who cannot gain any weight because their metabolisms are insane. That, unfortunately, is not most of us.
Here at Campbellsville University, students have way more access to food than you did as a high school student at home with your parents.
We have an unlimited buffet in the cafeteria and $100 we can spend between Starbucks and Chick Fil A.
Over the course of my college career, I have noticed that food is not just something that is used for nourishment; it is used for socialization, comfort and a quick fix to boredom.
CU students, here’s what I suggest to maintain a healthy lifestyle in college.
12. Drink water: Water—it’s no secret that we need it. And since starting college can be pretty exhausting, water is key to keeping you in check.
11. Take a P.E. course: Guess what? You can do ballroom dancing, volleyball or even Tennis, among other things, right here at CU.
10. Watch what you eat in the cafe: Think about what goes on your plate.
A good rule of thumb is if your meal is the same color (eggs, rice and white bread), you are doing something wrong.
9. Schedule meals: Eating at the same time every day is an excellent way to train your metabolism, just grab some people to go with you.
8. Social life: Stress and weight gain go hand in hand. Nothing kills worries like good times with friends.
Surrounding yourself with positive people will not only make for good memories, you’ll be healthier for it.
7. De-stress: Speaking of a social life, sometimes friends will not be enough to get you through the tough times.
Find the things that make you happy. For me, it’s photography or riding my longboard.
6. Be involved: We all have a bad habit of eating when we are bored. The best way to beat boredom is to keep busy and be involved.
Even if you do not know what you want to do, just join something. Sooner or later, you’ll find your fit.
5. Limit salt and sugar intake: It’s hard to avoid salt and sugar.
They’re practically on everything we eat, but just be aware of what you can control.
4. Eat raw foods: Snacks like celery, carrots, apples and bananas are not only good for you, but they are easy to store in a mini fridge
3. Buy healthy groceries: You are in total control of the kind of foods that go in your dorm room.
Instead of potato chips, maybe try whole grain crackers or pita bread chips.
2. Catch those z’s: The all-nighter seems to be the symbol of college.
It does not have to be yours, though.
Planning ahead can be the difference between a full night of sleep and a wink of shuteye, making you all the more effective the next day.
1. Work out: In some ways, there is no magic trick when it comes to staying in shape.
Any way you approach it, being healthy is going to take some work, some physical work.
Find what works for you, whether that is kickboxing or cycling, basketball or rock climbing.
Whatever you do, just keep moving.
Posted on Wed, September 19, 2012
by Gerry James