Today’s college students typically don’t meet the recommended standard of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days. Not only are today’s students too busy to grab a home-cooked meal and often relying on fast foods, they rely on heavily caffeinated energy drinks (which are packed with sugar, calories, and chemicals). Students are additionally usually on a limited budget, and cheap food costs a lot less than fresh organic produce.
With a bit of tweaking here and there, FITTODO can assist college students in making educated food choices to get them through their post secondary school years without gaining the famous “Freshman 15” (referring to the 15 pounds that most young adults gain during their first year of college). FITTODO is the perfect tool to help college students to balance their busy lifestyles with healthy meals that are quick and easy to make, and workouts that will fit into a hectic schedule.
Today, most universities offer healthy alternatives to their students, such as vegetarian meals or a salad bar. However, students still must make a conscious effort to eat smart! One of the biggest downfalls of college students is late night partying and subsequent eating. Late night eating is a huge culprit in weight gain and because of late night eating, students will often skip breakfast, which is never a good idea. Without a good breakfast, energy levels will drop and students tend to grab sugary, unhealthy snacks to make up for it.
When choosing a college dorm room, try to find one that has an oven or stovetop for cooking healthy meals, rather than relying on takeout. You can even purchase a small portable hot plate to cook certain items. If your dorm room doesn’t have a fridge, look into buying or renting a mini-fridge to store healthy snacks. You can also stock your room with non-refrigerated healthy snacks, such as nuts or seeds, rice cakes and natural peanut butter, or whole wheat pretzels. This way when you’re burning the midnight oil studying and working on assignments, you’ll be less tempted to order unhealthy takeout. College students should also discourage their parents from sending “care” packages, or request something healthier like natural granola bars, dried fruit or baked chips.
Activities and Programs
1. School Sports
It’s very important for students to participate in sports or other activities
to help eliminate some of the stress they will be dealing with during their college years and continue to maintain a healthy weight. Amongst the top sports
played in college are football, baseball, basketball, ice hockey and soccer. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of activities to choose to play or join on campus. Additionally, many universities also provide free use of their gym.
2. Outside School
By the time a young adult reaches college, he or she may have developed interest in one or several activities
to stay fit. If not, it’s never too late to develop a passion for something enjoyable, whether it’s with friends or on their own. There are many local clubs and groups that are based around physical activities, such as running clubs or softball teams!