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Preventing That Freshman 15! (Or The Sophomore 20)

No one ever said staying fit in col­lege is easy, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be hard. By remembering simple and easy tips like snacking right, tak­ing the stairs instead of the elevator, and walking all the way to the salad bar instead of opting for microwave mac-n-cheese, you can turn the Freshman 15 (or the Sophomore 20, or the Junior Jiggle, or the Senior Saddlebags) into the Freshman Fit! (or the Sophomore Sexy…you get the picture.)

Tip 1: Work Out!

Go to the gym. They typically have fun fit­ness classes including Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more. If the idea of Downward Dog or Shimmy­ing in public scares the sweatband right off of you, don’t fret! You can always “rent” a basketball or ten­nis rackets for a pick-up game. If you aren’t coordinated or like to fly solo on your fit journey, start off on the Stationary bike, the rowing machine, the elliptical, or even the free weights. If you want to escape the confines of a building, head to a park and walk the track. A brisk walk will get your heart rate up, and you can go off the grid for a while. Besides, if you wind up somewhere where you don’t get cell service, you can’t possibly be expected to do your homework, right? (Disclaimer: Otaku Antics hasn’t tested this theory with profes­sors—use sparingly).

Tip 2: Snack Smart!

Did you have a Coke with you at all times in high school? Did you eat a Personal Pan Pizza, Breadsticks, and a cookie for every meal? One of the main reasons college students gain so much weight their fresh­man year is because no one is monitor­ing what they eat anymore. Our eyes are bigger than our stomachs. It’s okay to indulge every once in a while, but having three carb-laden meals a day helps no one. Also, M&M’s aren’t a snack. They’re candy. Stock up on fruit for snacks instead of greasy Potato Chips or calorie-heavy candy. During meals, especially at dinner, try to eat a piece of fruit or a salad before you go to the main course. You will be sure to get your healthy component in rather than reaching for the three extra cookies.

Tip 3: Sleep!

I am not naïve enough to sug­gest you get eight hours of sleep per night. If you have time to sleep that much, please give me a ring because I could use a personal assistant and you could be the perfect candidate! But I digress; try to at least set a set schedule. Studies show that sleeping in makes you more tired on the days you do get up early, so try to keep it consistent. If nothing else, you can try to carve out some time for an afternoon nap. If you haven’t experienced the joys of napping yet, you’re welcome. Trust me. You’re welcome.

Tip 4: Stress Less!

While this is much easier said than done, pay attention to your stress levels and know when to take some time off. Studying 24/7 from the first week of school to the last day of finals is going to lead to a crash-n-burn. It’s perfectly all right to spend time with your friends and go see a non-educational film. To contradict my last point, if you wake up so consis­tently your friends use you as their alarm clock, go to bed without set­ting an alarm. It’s very wacky when you wake up all on your own, but you’ll feel like you’re cheating the system. It’s pretty sublime. Or if you watch what you eat or count calories, declare a calorie-free day and just indulge. I’m almost positive that calories don’t count on your birthday, and I could probably be persuaded that they don’t count during mid­terms, finals, or directly following any major test. Research to follow.