The Freshman 15

“Is the freshman 15 a real thing?” It’s one of the most frequently we are asked by students coming to college.

Good news: 15lbs is made-up number! The reality: weight gain is common when coming to college. 70% of college students gain weight within their first year and that can range between 2.5 and 3.5 lbs. But don’t worry; if you are concerned about gaining weight or starting a more active lifestyle when you come to college there are steps you can take to be active and healthy!

It is all about the a little things! When you’re tired and hungry it will seem like a simple solution to just go out and grab a quick bite to eat at any fast food restaurant. However, the healthier option would be to cook your own meals and it saves you a little bit of cash. That being said, if you want to stick to a healthier lifestyle in college it’s a good idea to stay away from the junk and stock up on healthy food when you go grocery shopping.

Skipping meals, especially breakfast can be a big issue. You’re most likely to eat more during the day. It’s also a good idea to stay away from any of the new fad diets. It may seem tempting to find a quick solution but for a healthy method of weight loss does take time. Remember that things are always good in moderation.

Make sure that you find the time for exercise. Activity rates tend to drop when students come to college. Working out will help you feel better physically and mentally. As a full-time student at St. Lawrence College you will receive access to the Student Health Athletics Centre on the Kingston campus and two YMCA’s in Kingston using a valid student card. Cornwall and Brockville have amazing walking routes and bike paths for you to explore as well!

Keeping up with a healthy lifestyle in college isn’t as hard as it seems. Just remember to stick with the basics such as drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, stocking up on healthy food and stay active.