Defeat First Year Spread
One of the realisations students discover about life in a campus residence is that cafeteria food can add a couple of inches to your waist. The mass cooked meals are a long step away from mommies home cooked meals. In America they call this the freshmen 15. In South Africa it is known as ‘first year spread’. Do not panic, Student Village is going to tell you how to shed the weight.
1. Exercise and stay active.
As a result of the stress, late nights and new atmosphere, students get into the habit of living an unhealthy lifestyle. This added with partying and poor eating habits (such as late night runs to the nearest garage) all contribute the extra kilo’s you find yourself with.
Our tip, stay active. Don’t drive from lecture to lecture, rather walk. If it is a little too far then invest in a bicycle.
Use the stair not the elevator.
Stock up your room with fruits and water instead of sweets and energy drinks.
Realise that your campus is big and beautiful. Take the time to walk around your campus and visit other faculties.
2. Control the Stress
University can be a stressful environment. Tests and Essays are always around the corner and comfort food often to easily accessible.
Out tip, replace poor eating habits with a hobby or a healthy habit.
If your first response when feeling under pressure is to go to the hall vending machines then don’t keep any cash on you in your room.
Instead of watching series and movies on your bed during study breaks, go for a walk or to the gym.
3. Easting res food.
Res food can be unhealthy and your options are often limited. Our tip when given a choice, go for the healthiest option, even if it does not taste that great. We know it is hard but the res meals at least come in decent portions. Eat then instead of going to buy a loaf of bread, chips and noodles.