Skip the gym, not the fitness

Ali Chiavetta
Features Writer

The “Freshman 15” is a phrase known by college students across the country, referring to the weight that many freshmen gain during their first semester away from home. Instead of letting the “Freshman 15” get you down, you can learn some sneaky tips on how to work out away from the gym!
The easiest, most convenient way for college students to get their heart rates up is to walk everywhere. The best thing about living on a college campus is that everything is conveniently located. Whether you live in a residence hall on the quad, or all the way up the hill on the North Side, everything you need to survive is here on campus.
By walking, rather than driving, to and from the places you need to visit, you can make your heart rate go up as your weight goes down. Other ways to get cardio into your schedule include biking, jogging and stair climbing. Though lifting weights at the gym seems ideal, often times it is not practical. In order to get similar results, find common household items that are of equal weight. Things like jars of salsa, water bottles full of sand or rice, heavy backpacks or textbooks. Often times, these items work just as well as free weights, and are much cheaper to purchase.

Staying physically fit does not mean finding time for the gym; it means being creative at home.
Staying physically fit does not mean finding time for the gym; it means being creative at home.

While in your dorm or apartment room, there are many different exercises that you don’t need a gym to accomplish. Doing traditional exercises like squats, lunges, pushups, crunches, dips and bicycles, you can tone your body without disturbing your neighbors. In order to get a more complex dorm room workout, check out YouTube. Though it may seem surprising, there are plenty of workout tutorials on YouTube. Many of these tutorials are for people who have busy schedules, and are unable to attend the gym on a regular basis.
In order to avoid dreaded weight gain, there are other important steps to take in order to become more fit. Most of what affects the size of your waistband is the food that you eat. By choosing less processed foods, you are not filling your body with harmful toxins and chemicals.
Essential foods for every diet include large amounts of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean cuts of meat, and other protein sources like beans and nuts. In order to balance your diet, you should avoid eating excess sugars and fats. Many times, processed foods are ones that are commonly seen in dining halls, such as white rice and white bread. In order to eat more healthfully on campus, always choose the whole grain option.
The most important dietary pointer is to drink a lot of water. Though it seems clichéd, drinking adequate amounts of water per day can clear your skin, slim your waist, and give you more energy. Eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and keeping up with your exercise, will supply you a healthy mind and body this semester.

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