Maintaining your health in College

When people come to college one of the main concerns is not gaining the freshman fifteen. The only problem is that leading up to your freshman year all you hear about is the freshman 15. It is a very popular topic among freshman when you get to college, and Ball States food options aren’t really the best for staying in shape. You hear all these horror stories about people who were once small all the sudden gained 20, 30 or even 50 pounds. I don’t know about any of you but hearing all of these stories really pushed me to try and stay in shape. Now I am not a personal trainer or in amazing shape by any means, but I am going to tell you guys about what got me through my time living on campus without gaining the freshman fifteen. Then I will tell you how it gets easier once you move off campus, and how to try and stay motivated when it comes to working out.

  1. Living on campus
I can personally say that when you live in the dorms it is easy to get a little lazy because you have food for you to eat at anyplace on campus, and it is simple to stay in your dorm all day after classes to hang out with your hall mates. Now I am not going to pretend that all of you are angels and won’t drink alcohol in the dorms or go to parties on the weekend, because I know I did and I have some great memories because of that. But if you don’t want to gain alcohol weight then you need to limit the amount of alcohol that you drink as well as what you eat. Ball State doesn’t really have the best selection of foods for you to eat. They may have a lot of food choices but many of them are not healthy for you. The best way for you to stay healthy is to choose your foods carefully. Maybe instead of getting a cheeseburger and fries at the atrium you could get a salad at Woodworth. With the choices that Ball State offers it can be really hard to choose the right foods, it may be much easier to just choose the cheeseburger. But if you really want to stay in shape sometimes you have to take the harder choices.
     2. Motivation
“Life does happen. Have a heart to heart with yourself. Get in touch with what you want your body to look and feel like.(“How To Get (and Stay) Motivated”) For many people motivation is easy when it comes to eating healthy and working out. The hardest part of getting in shape or motivated is getting started. For many people once they get started they can just keep going and get into better shape. But for others they can do the first day and sometimes even the first week or two but after that they lack the motivation to keep going. I have found that the easiest way to stay on your path is to get a workout partner. A workout partner is the easiest way to stay motivated, because they will keep you going to the gym and hopefully it will work both ways. So that both of you will get into better shape.
     3. Working out
After you get passed the first step of starting to work out you need to figure out a workout schedule. “the majority of the population should weight train 3-4 times per week, and never more than 2 consecutive days in a row.”(“A Workout Routine”)Once you have that in mind all you need to do is figure out what exercises you want to do and on which days.
Taken by: Dr. Abdullah Naser https://www.flickr.com/photos/abraj/
Taken by: Dr. Abdullah Naser
https://www.flickr.com/photos/abraj/

Work Cited

“A Workout Routine.” A Workout Routine, 4 Sept. 2010. Web. 16 Oct. 2015
“How To Get (and Stay) Motivated.” JillianMichaels.com, n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2015.
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