WEIGHT CLASS: Ways To Help Your College Bound Teen Avoid The Freshman 15

Life & Love | By Yvelette Stines | 08/01/2013 | 02:26 PM EDT

Three Tips For Helping Your Son or Daughter Beat The Bulge On Campus.

If this upcoming school semester marks your son or daughter's first year in college, chances are you have warned them about the dreaded, and in most cases, inevitable, "freshman 15." According to a recent study, college students start putting on pounds their first semester and continue to do so throughout their sophomore year.The cause? They vary person to person, but typically include: Stress of entering a new school, being far from home, schedule changes, and/or the copious amounts of junk food readily available at all hours of the day and night. Need help providing your young adult tools needed to dodge gaining those extra pounds? Present these tips from the experts of Top Trainers as suugestions:

1. The Buddy System
Staying motivated may require some help from a peer. Partner up with a friend and put together a weekly workout routine. Scout locations. Utilize the space on your campus, check out the track, hills or find the gym closest to your quad. Partnering up with a friend helps keep your focus on the right track when it comes to staying in shape.

2. Dorm Room Moves
Late night and didnt get a chance to make it to the gym? There are simple exercises you can do in your room to stay fit. Grab your iPod and begin by marching in place and keep it moving. Dance your way into shape. Throw in reps of jumping jacks, squats and lunges. If you are not much of a dancer, use your building stairs. Run or walk up and down the flight of stairs, while listening to your favorite playlist.

3. Fitness Night
Grab your group of friends and have a weekly fitness night. Hit the college lounge area with your favorite fitness DVD and workout, while having a great time with the girls. Try a different workout every week to keep it new and fresh.

4. Mindful Munching
Think twice before you pick up the pint of ice cream or bag of chips. Stop and think, find healthier snacks that have nutritional value and will help you maintain a healthy weight. Think, carrots, fruit, sunflower seeds.

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