By: Marcella Kukulka
1. Establish a Workout Routine. Whether it’s lifting weights at Badger & Rosen or attending a group fitness class at Marino Center, establishing a daily workout routine is key to avoid packing on the extra pounds. Even if heading to the gym isn’t your thing, joining an intramural sport or an outdoors club can also keep you in good shape. One popular club is NUHOC, which offers to take students on weekend trips to hike, rock climb, bike, and ski. Find out how you like to stay active and don’t be shy to mix it up - the only way you’re going to stick to a schedule is if you actually enjoy what you’re doing!
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2. Motivation is Key. Sometimes you may be too tired, have too much work, or are just plain lazy. But ditching your workout isn’t the answer. Surrounding yourself in constant motivation is a nice way to get yourself to the gym. But how, you may ask? Enlist a friend and set some common goals for the semester. You both will feel equally responsible for helping the other succeed and you will have a whole lot more fun! If that doesn’t work, follow a Fitstagram to get your booty to the gym on a day that you just want to spend scrolling on social media.
3. Take Control of What You Eat. While it may be easy to take the first thing you see, it is always a good idea to survey the dining hall area before choosing your meal. The key to a balanced diet is to get a few servings of that food pyramid - grab a little protein, starch, vegetables, fruit and dairy. It’s also best to avoid processed and fried foods because most of the time these contain more calories and fill you up at a slower rate. While I know that the desserts at IV are irresistible, take everything in moderation (which means limiting your cookie intake to less than ten per meal)!
4. Netflix and Lift. Everyone knows that the majority of television at fitness centers generally sucks. So why not take the Netflix app on your phone as an opportunity to binge-watch the brand new season of “Stranger Things” while you lift weights at the gym. Not only will this keep you entertained, but it will keep you distracted from how tired you’re getting during a rigorous workout. Take my advice and try it out - you may as well be killing two birds with one stone.
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5. Lay off the Liquor. I know you don’t want me to say it, but it’s true! An influx in the consumption of liquor is normally the main reason of weight gain for college students in the United States. I’m not telling you not to drink, but Alcohol has a very high caloric intake, so setting a limit before going out for the evening is just one other method to make sure you don’t go home for winter break with a full-on beer belly!