Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Frosh Perspective: Avoiding the Dreaded "Freshman 15"

Angelina Truchan is a freshman at Wayne State University who plans to major in public relations. She hopes to share a bit of her year and her perspective with our UnderPRessure readers. This month, she puts a focus on fitness. With the holidays looming, it is important to at least try to keep in shape. But, working out is also a great way to increase productivity and studies show that consistent exercise improves grades! So get ready to begin a killer regimen for your body & brain with Angelina's tips!


I’m sure many, if not all of you, have heard of the terrifying “freshman 15” before. It is thought that in entering college, freshmen have the likely chance to gain around 15 pounds the first year due to added stress of adjusting to a new schedule and less time to work out. Also, if you happen to move out of your house when entering college you lose the advantage of a healthy, homemade meal daily. That being said, I’ve decided to write about this scary topic and help all my fellow freshmen out in avoiding the “freshman 15!” I am an avid lover of health and fitness so I hope that some of my tips and new things that I try will help all of you!

I try to work out every day. Although this would be the ideal case scenario, balancing school and work has caused my normal work-out routine to suffer a bit. Getting in the gym at least 3 times a week has become a habit of mine and I encourage you all to do so. I promise your mood for the day can be improved simply by waking up an hour or two earlier than usual and getting in a good work out. Honestly, it is the cheapest form of therapy.

Below is an example of one of my regular routines. Try it out! Interval training is, in my opinion, the most efficient way to improve stamina and burn the most calories. BYE, BYE “FRESHMAN 15!”

  1. 0-5min. STRETCH! SUPER important. This will help you avoid soreness and not give you an excuse to miss the next day’s work out!
  2. 5-15 min. Elliptical l at an intensity of 15
  3. 15-25 min. Weight training (TIP: it is best to weight train
  4. 25-35 min.
    • Walk 2 min. (2.5 incline – 3.4 speed) in between segments of cardio. Your work out will be much more intense.)
    • Run 2 min. (2.5 incline – 6.0 speed)
    • Walk 2 min. (13 incline – 3.0 speed)
    • Run 2 min. (2.5 incline – 6.0 speed)
    • Walk 2 min. (13 incline – 3.3 speed)
  5. 35-45 min. Weight training
  6. 45-60 min. Stair Master
  7. 60-65 min. Bike/Cool Down

I hope you all enjoy this work out as much as I do!

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