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The Myth of the Freshman 15

Screen Shot 2013-09-18 at 6.57.46 PMWhen heading to college, freshmen are nervous about many things, but one concern that may trump all others is the dreaded freshman 15. With so many options and so much freedom, it’s easy to understand why many college students gain weight their freshman year. However, a recent study from Ohio State University found that on average, freshman only gain about three pounds during the year. That’s right, only three pounds!

The study also found that young adults who choose not to attend college gain about the same amount of weight in the year after high school, proving that college attendance has little impact on weight gain. So if you find your weight fluctuating a few pounds, don’t freak out. It isn’t the end of the world; in fact it’s perfectly natural! While this doesn’t mean you should go for that third helping of ice cream in Ernie or eat an entire pizza on Marshall, don’t be afraid to indulge every once and awhile.

If you’re still nervous about putting on weight while you’re at school, here are some simple ways to maintain a healthy daily routine.

Take the stairs. Yes, you’ve had a long day and that elevator is looking really appealing, but your body will thank you for working it just a little bit harder.

Limit your sugar intake. Just because the dining hall has cookies at every meal doesn’t mean you need to take them every time. Think twice before eating dessert, you may be surprised at how much will power you have.

Find fun ways to exercise. Working out doesn’t have to be a chore! Join a club sport, do a Zumba class once a week, or go for a bike ride with your friends. There are a million things to do on and off campus that will keep you moving and entertained.

Follow these simple tips and you’ll have no problem fighting off that freshman-three.

By Morgan Chamberlain

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