10 Ways to Beat the Freshman 15

10 Ways to Beat the Freshman 15 | Blog by The REBEL Workout

It’s time to go BACK TO SCHOOL!

Going back to school doesn’t mean that you need to put on the ol’ Freshman 15. In fact, we’re here to tell you that that’s basically a myth. Yes, it’s easy to get wrapped up in school and studying and everything that goes along with it … but, back to school doesn’t have to mean putting that winter weight back on. We’ve rounded up our top 10 tips to help you keep that summer bod all year round!

1.  Don’t skip breakfast.
There’s a reason it’s referred to as the most important meal of the day. Studies have shown that people who skip breakfast are more likely to gain weight quicker than those who do eat breakfast, because they become famished later on, leading to overeating! Breakfast is also a great way to jumpstart your brain activity, and keep your brain active throughout the day.

2.  Find a workout buddy.
Unless you’re mega motivated on your own, a workout buddy is helpful to keep you in check. When you feel accountable to someone, you’re more likely to get movin’ and less likely to cancel a workout. Workout buddy = MOTIVATION!

3.  Stock your dorm with healthy snacks.
By stocking up on foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, granola bars, trail mixes, etc., you’ll become less likely to binge eat the unhealthy alternatives. And, if you have healthy snacks that are ready to grab and go, you’re more likely to bring something to class so you are starving later on. Check out THIS post for healthy snack options!

4.  The reality of alcohol.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again - don’t drink your calories! Yes, Colorado has AWESOME craft breweries, yes we recommend that you drink local brews, BUT an average beer can contains ~150 calories. And the same goes for non-beer options - those sweet, pre-mixed bevvies fill you full of unnecessary calories and sugar. And for what?! A hangover in the morning? No thanks.

5.  Meditate.
Meditation has a bazillion (yes, an actual bazillion) benefits - reduces stress, regulates metabolism, aids in weight loss, improves brain function, promotes healthy sleep patterns … we can go on and on. Meditation can be as simple as taking a minute to yourself to just sit in peaceful quietness. It’s a good way to reset your mind (and body!) when things get to be overwhelming.

6.  Hydrate.
All day, every day. Staying hydrated will keep your metabolism boosted, as well as eliminate the 3pm snack attack when you hit your mid-day slump. It’s also going to keep your skin lookin’ fresh, eliminate headaches and fatigue, and it helps to keep you feeling fuller, longer.

7.  Get your beauty sleep.
Lack of sleep leads to reaching for those caffeinated, sugary drinks and comfort foods to give you a quick boost. Those habits are a quick way to put on the Freshman 15! Getting regular, restful sleep will ensure your metabolism and hormones stay regulated, your skin will benefit, and your brain will function more efficiently!

8.  Live actively!
If you’re heading to school in our lovely Colorado, there are no shortage of options for outdoor activities. Whatever you can think of, you can do here. Check out our post on our 10 Best Boulder/Denver Hikes to motivate you! Walk to classes, get a bicycle off Craigslist, and ditch the elevator in favor of the stairs. Your body will thank you!

9.  Laugh.
College is stressful. Exams suck. Homesick is a legit feeling. Laugher will help combat all of that! Laughing increases your heart rate and calorie expenditure, so laugh HARD every now and then. Feel silly. Laugh until you cry. Studies have shown that just 15 minutes of laughing can burn an extra 10-40 calories ;).

10.  Join a fitness studio.
I bet you know where we’re going with this … join The REBEL Workout! We will help keep that Freshman 15 at bay, while making you laugh, and inviting you into our sweaty little tribe :). OH! And the best part (aside from our student pricing!)? Our in-studio pup, Luxe, can’t wait to smother you in kisses and help calm you down around exam time :).