The famous freshman fifteen is much easier to avoid than some people may think. I’ve seen people around me fall victim to this purely because they picked up poor eating habits. My cousin gained about 30 pounds his first year of college because his school offered free pints of ice cream to students every day.
Having the willpower to resist these temptations is much more difficult for some people than others, but if you get in the habit of eating healthy and avoiding the temptations of free ice cream, then avoiding the freshman fifteen is much easier than you might think. The dining halls have some very healthy food and even have accommodations for vegans. Despite the fact that the typical life of a student is fairly inactive, I do a ton of walking. I travel an average of 4.5 miles every day, but out of the people around me, I’m probably on the lower side.
Sometimes walking and eating healthy just isn’t enough, so what do you do then? Here at USF, there are tons of group fitness classes and I know that they are popular on other campuses as well. All of the classes are completely free as well as access to the gyms on campus. If you’re one of those people who has survived life so far without working out a day in your life there are also certified personal trainers on campus. The trainers at USF are super cheap compared to what I used to pay for my trainer back at home, so hopefully, cost shouldn’t be an obstacle. Let’s just say you’re one of those people that are like, “Ew working out at a gym with a bunch of gross, sweaty people is not for me; I’m more of the adventurous type that loves to be outside in nature.” There are a plethora of outdoor activities for the more adventurous people whether it be kayaking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, or rafting. These “adventures” are on the more expensive side when it comes to staying active as each activity can range anywhere from five to six hundred dollars.
Another option, my favorite of all, is participating in club and intramural sports. Club sports are a bit more competitive and more of a commitment but they expect no prior skill or knowledge which is perfect if you are trying something out for the first time. You can always join a club and go to a few practices and then if you realize you don’t like it, you can stop at any time. I joined the flag football club team and I only have practice twice a week for about two hours. Intramurals are even less of a commitment, but it is hard to join an IM team when you don’t know anyone. There is also typically a lack of chemistry in the team so those who are more competitive would definitely prefer clubs. Whatever your interests or preferences may be, there’s most definitely a way for you to stay fit in college.