Weight gain during college is quite common among students, especially for the newest freshman students. Leaving home for the first time, and dealing with the daily challenges of college life, college freshman are known for gaining a significant amount of weight during the first year of college. As a college freshman, it is important to find ways to beat the gain of the “freshman fifteen” and, on many campuses, skateboarding has become a chosen method.
Skateboarding, in recent years, has become more popular among high school students and these same high school students are carrying their skateboards onto college campuses. Finding that skateboarding is not only a great way to incorporate physical fitness into their college curriculum, many college students also use skateboards as a way to save money while living on or off college campuses. Cycling and skateboards, in fact, are expected to be the leading forms of transportation for college students – falling closely behind the use of vehicles.
Gaining weight during college is something most freshman college students understand is a risk but, oftentimes, little is done to reduce the risk prior to leaving for college or even in the first few weeks of college. Unsure how to prepare meals at home, and faced with the new stresses of college life, college freshmen will have a greater tendency to eat unhealthy foods and to seek out physical fitness during their first semester of college. Owning a skateboard, however, will give that college freshman a better opportunity for keeping off the “freshman fifteen” – the 15-pound weight gain that is so commonly experienced by new students to the college campus life.
As a freshman student, before heading off to college for the first time, consider purchasing a skateboard for use on campus as not only a cost-effective way to get from point A to point B, but also a way to eliminate some of the risks for weight gain. While walking is still a great way to become more mobile around campus, you may find that skateboarding is becoming increasingly more common among many students with skateboarding clubs and focus groups even studying their effects on weight, economy, and on social life using this alternative form of transportation. If there are no such activities or clubs on your campus, consider starting one as many freshman need the motivation and encouragement to manage a healthy weight while not affecting their wallets from a monetary standpoint.
Sources: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, 2005: vol. 39: 56-59.