UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source

UNF Spinnaker

UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source

UNF Spinnaker

UNF's #1 Student-Run News Source

UNF Spinnaker

How to avoid the freshman 15; A guide to staying fit at UNF

Omar Aftab, Reporter

Looking to avoid the dreaded “freshman 15?” Everyone has heard of it and wants to stay fit, but sometimes it can seem inevitable. After all, moving out, only to eat pizza, McDonald’s, and ice cream every day can’t be good for your health. Coupled with work, schoolwork, and the fact that nowadays people live much more sedentary lives than in the past, college seems to be a recipe for weight gain. 

According to Dr. Catherine Christie — an associate dean, professor, and graduate nutrition program director in the Brooks College of Health — it is most often a combination of a poor diet and lack of exercise which causes weight gain and loss of fitness among college students. 

A major struggle, according to Christie, is that college students rarely know how to cook. This lack of knowledge makes students all too susceptible to taking the easy way out and ordering fast food. It’s quick, easy, and delicious, but the price is high if it means sacrificing your health.

Another big problem is that students struggle to manage their time. Fitting in both time to cook and to exercise when one is balancing high amounts of schoolwork and perhaps even a job can prove difficult. For this, Christie recommends creating a schedule for exercise and sticking to it. 

“I’m one of those people who likes to do it first thing in the morning when I get up, and then I’ve done it for the day. Other people do it at the end of the day — after a hard day, it’s a way to relax. I think you have to decide, [by] looking at your schedule, what’s going to work best for you and what you’re going to keep doing. If it’s something that’s hard or out of the way, you’re probably not going to do it,” says Christie.

As for diet, Christie points out that, if a student is struggling to cook or find healthy food elsewhere, UNF’s cafeteria has a wide variety of options that can aid in keeping one fit.

The UNF Healthy Osprey also has a YouTube channel that helps teach college students some easy meals they can try making:

Owen Cavanaugh, an employee at the UNF Student Wellness Complex, has noted that there is a clear inconsistency in students’ workout habits. 

“A lot more people start coming around New Years,” says Cavanaugh. He also says that there are all kinds of people who go there, so one should never feel shy or nervous. “We have some people who really dedicate themselves to it, but there’s also people who just want to stay in shape.”

UNF has a lot of resources available for students who are interested in eating healthier, being more active, or changing their weight. Students, faculty, and staff have the option to receive one-on-one counseling with UNF Wellness dietitians through Nutrition Services. To make an appointment email [email protected] or [email protected].

UNF also offers many group fitness courses like Ab Attack, Booty Blast, Spin Class, and more. Here is the online schedule for these classes. Another resource to note is the gym’s Paul Shirly Assessment Center (PSAC) which offers tools to help Ospreys lead a healthier lifestyle. During the appointment, the PSAC tests five components of fitness: Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Flexibility, Body Composition, and Cardio-Respiratory Endurance.

________

For more information or news tips, or if you see an error in this story or have any compliments or concerns, contact [email protected].

Navigate Left
  • Updated: UNF releases urgent alert of arson on campus

    Daily

    Updated: UNF releases urgent alert of arson on campus

  • Photo by Ramiro Martinez via Unsplash

    Daily

    Longest partial lunar eclipse of the century to happen tonight

  • Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine booster dose. Photo by Parang Mehta/Unsplash.

    Covid-19 Shared stories

    COVID-19 booster shots and what to know

  • A tomb guard of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard, stands during a centennial commemoration event at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

    Daily

    AP: Biden salutes troops as ‘spine of America’ on Veterans Day

  • “A small-town mayor”: students give their thoughts on their ideal UNF president

    Daily

    “A small-town mayor”: students give their thoughts on their ideal UNF president

  • SDS releases list of demands, UNF responds

    Daily

    SDS releases list of demands, UNF responds

  • Student Union. Photo credit Jonathan Merin.

    Daily

    UNF Presidential Search Committee hosting student open forum Wednesday

  • Student Government graphic.

    Daily

    Student Government swears in 17 new senators

  • Delegates gather inside the venue on another day at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The U.N. climate summit in Glasgow gathers leaders from around the world, in Scotlands biggest city, to lay out their vision for addressing the common challenge of global warming. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

    Daily

    Warmer seasons to come, UNF professor explains

  • In this Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse carries a weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse is white. So were the three men he shot during street protests in Kenosha in 2020. But for many people, Rittenhouses trial will be watched closely as the latest referendum on race and the American judicial system. (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP, File)

    Daily

    Prosecutor says Rittenhouse instigated Kenosha bloodshed

Navigate Right

Comments (0)

Spinnaker intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, slurs, defamation, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and will be removed if they do not adhere to these standards. Spinnaker does not allow anonymous comments, and Spinnaker requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.
All UNF Spinnaker Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest