We all wish we had more time to go to the gym or that yoga class. With today’s hectic schedules its becoming harder to even eat healthy on a consistent basis. I am fortunate enough to be in college where time is about as free as it will ever be. On the negative side I get to see first hand what happens to those who stop taking care of their bodies and minds.
When we get to college we are still wild eyed, untrained kids who were just taken off the leash and needless to say, we’ll be gone for awhile. Try reason out what you did the first six months and you will wonder who stole your body for the better part of a year. Fast food has never been so fast, the mandatory practices from high schoolers gone for most of us, and the rec is a place for walking class or in other terms that easy A. What people don’t see is the changes that can accumulate rather quickly with ones person. Fast food in the fitness world does the opposite of what it claims to be. A better name would be slow food, jammed packed with preservatives and man made fats, fast food is the kryptonite to our once pristine adolescent bodies. Late night junk food becomes a norm as does irregular sleep patterns and the most activity the majority get is walking to class.
College is the one time in our lives that time is plentiful and we can either take advantage or we can whittle away the hours twiddling our thumbs in front of a tv. The freshman fifteen is a real thing and should never happen to anyone. We’ve all seen someone let themselves go, but their is another side to this dreaded sedentary state. The exact opposite of the freshman fifteen can happen as well. Quality foods along with consistent activity can help you keep that high school body, and if you really put in the work you can transform yourself into the perfect human specimen, in just six months! The three core rules are this, eat quality whole foods, sleep is necessary for your body to recover, and train hard! Why else are you going to the gym/for a run/yoga? The results will follow.
Now remember that life is more than just looking good. To be well rounded is key and a great personality and can take you a long way. Here are a few college tips I recommend sharing with anyone in college or will be attending one.
1. Go to class everyday, there is no excuse to not go. I’m sleepy, I had a test last class we won’t learn anything new, I’m sick, I drank so much last night. All of these are bad excuses that won’t get you anywhere.
2. Join a club! If that’s the chess club, quidditch, baseball, German club it doesn’t matter! It keeps you involved, social, and you’ll make more experiences than all those kids sitting in their dorm.
3. Study, then study some more, and then guess what, study more. What people don’t realize is that college isn’t high school anymore. You can not be successful by doing your homework right before class or not doing the review for test. You will fail or you won’t be happy with your grade. It is all about effort and why not study, you have all the time in the world. You can have fun on the weekends.
4. No matter what your political or religious views you are not always right. I’m sure a few of you are thinking this guy is wrong! My views (which i got from my parents, and they got from there parents) is the right one because that’s the way I was raised. Try opening up and seeing where another is coming from with his or her view. That doesn’t mean you have to agree and convert, but the world is a big place that mixes on a college campus. The more you know the better off you’ll be. So be a sponge and soak up all those cultures!
5. Shots do not have less calories than beer. On average they have a few more! Everything in moderation including alcohol. If you black out only bad things can happen, no one ever got home and said last night was so crazy I don’t even remember! Well they do say that, but it doesn’t ,ale much sense.
6. Save your money the first semester! All that money you saved up during the summer will be gone before you know it on junk food, all those parties you’ll be wanting to go to, and girls/guys you will be going on dates with. So all those knick knacks and he new video game you HAVE to buy to play with your old high school friends aren’t needed.
7. You are going to make new friends that are great, maybe and most likely better than those child hood friends you grew up with. Don’t forget them though, we all grow apart and come together at different times. It’s a part of life but remember what you learned from them good or bad.
8. Date! But that doesn’t mean you have to get MARRIED. All the good ones will be taken, you will be single the rest of your life, I don’t want to be a crazy cat lady. All these are FALSE. There are plenty of fish in the sea and contrary to what all your parents and their friends say you don’t need to get married and have children by the age of 24. So go out their and get to know what you like and dislike. This is not your excuse to go bang every walking thing to “see what you like”.
9. Follow your heart. If you love a certain course take more of it! Not everyone can or even wants to be a doctor or lawyer. There are thousands of different majors in colleges so experiment if you switch your major once or twice so be it. It’s YOUR life do what you want, not what so,some thinks is “best for you” (your mom and sisters just want free plastic surgery/Botox) or because “it’s what we do) Maybe your family has a long line of teachers, stockbrokers, or oil tycoons. Perhaps this isn’t your path and there is nothing wrong with that at all.
So those are a few tips! If you have any others or want to comment please feel free to do so.