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Nadira Berman

How To Avoid The Freshman 15

In college, you’ll be busy. There will be a lot of things on your plate. You’ll often have to prioritize between your classes, extracurricular activities, and social life. Unless you’re on a sports team, you likely won’t have much time to focus on your health and physical fitness. Here are some ways to stay healthy and fit exercise into your daily routine.



When faced with the choice of walking, driving, or taking public transportation, choose to walk. One pro: it’s completely free (especially important in college). And the trip can count as your exercise for the day. You won’t even have to make time to go to the gym. Walking can fit seamlessly into your routine.


Utilize the gym

Being in college most likely means you get free access to a fitness center. Take advantage of this now since once you graduate, you’ll have to pay for a gym membership. Don’t worry if you’re not used to working out. Just start and get into a habit. Go with your roommate or a friend. You don’t have to use any of the fancy machines if you don’t want to. Sticking to the treadmill or elliptical is better than nothing.


Join an intramural sports team

You don’t have to be a Division I athlete to play a sport in college. Intramural teams tend to focus more on fitness and fun and less on competition and skill. I prefer playing a sport than going to the gym because it’s a good way to make new friends. Also, I get less tired when I’m focusing more on the game than on how my body is feeling.


Make healthy food choices

Staying healthy means both exercising and eating well. Don’t just eat pizza and burgers everyday. Throw a salad in there too. Eat fruit. You’ll feel more energized and be able to focus better in your classes.


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About Nadira Berman

As a Summer Marketing Intern, Nadira is excited to help high schoolers prepare for the SAT and ACT. As a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, she is considering studying economics. In her free time, she reports for the school newspaper and styles photo shoots for the school's fashion magazine. Besides fashion and journalism, her passions include bagels, smoothies and Netflix.

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