John Basedow: College is the first time you'll be on your own and it's the perfect time to set yourself up for a lifetime of healthy eating and exercise habits. Keep the Freshman 15 at bay with my tips for a healthier college experience.
With all of the new activities and studying, it can be hard to find time to exercise, but even 30 minutes a day produces results. Make use of the gym your tuition is paying for, bike to class or join an intramural sports team to be regularly active.
Don't sit still for longer than 30 minutes. Keep your mind fresh by moving your body. A healthy body requires a balanced diet, especially if you want to avoid the Freshman 15. If your school offers a buffet style cafeteria, show some restraint. Just because the food is there, doesn't mean you have to eat it.
Fill up on good foods like lean meats, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. If you're craving something, don't eat the whole thing, take a bite or two and be done with it. For many students, alcohol consumption is a contributing factor to weight gain in college. Treat alcohol like dessert and drink in moderation. Avoid sweetened drinks with empty calories and if you're opting for beer, go light.
Finally, make sure you get enough sleep. It's better for your mental and physical health and boosts problem solving. Get an average of seven to nine hours a night to completely recharge.
Following these tips will ensure your college experience is healthy, fit and fun.