You may have heard (or been lucky enough to experience) of the dreaded Freshman 15; the inevitable 15 pounds of weight new college freshman gain during their first year of higher education. Well, when I say inevitable, what I really mean is, strongly unofficially advised. It’s seen as something that just happens, so there’s no point in fighting it or trying to eat healthy, instead it’s much easier to just lie back in a big, comfy recliner chair and let those little fat molecules creep up on you and reap havoc on your BMI.
So, I’ve decided to create a list of things that you can do at Concordia to keep your 6 pack and toned triceps in the best shape they’ve ever been in…
1. Firstly, make use of the new CU Active gym. I have no idea who was responsible for paying and inputting this new gym in Sigma square, but they did a very good job of it. They spared no expense in selecting some of the nicest and newest weights and cardio machines. Sure, it might not be enough for a varsity athlete, but it’s surely enough to burn some of those delicious calories you devoured in the caf.
2. Climb French Hill. French Hill is the huge intimidating pimple that backs Concordia’s campus. While it is not actually part of CUI property, students, faculty, staff and residents of Concordia University have full climbing access to this incredibly steep and rather challenging hill. It doesn’t matter if you run up it or just simply walk, your legs will know either way it’s just carried you half way up to heaven.
3. Join in intramurals. I’ve never got the chance to join an intramural team, but that’s because I’m too afraid that I’ll do something stupid and get injured, and then have to explain to my coach why I can’t compete at the meet this weekend because I landed funny when attempting to spike a volleyball and now my ankle is broken. But still, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, simply because it looks like an awful lot of fun. You can choose from Soccer, Flag Football, Volleyball and Basketball.
4. Run around Campus. Our campus is blessed with lots of hills, wide open spaces and, if you’re creative, plenty of places to run. Incorporate some push ups, sit ups and burpees into your run for a total, full body, calorie blasting and sweat inducing workout.
5. Walk on to a varsity team. Whilst some teams may not let you walk on (like Basketball, unless you’re MJ reincarnated, which I’m not even sure is possible yet since he’s still alive), others, like Track and Field and Swim, probably will if you can prove you have what it takes to keep up and contribute in some way to the team.
6. Take advantage of CU’s athletic facilities. We have some gorgeous facilities here, from a basketball court to running track, gym and to astro-turfed ¾ sized complete with soccer goals and tires that you can use for flipping and incorporating into a really hardcore workout.
At the end of the day, staying in shape is simply a choice, but it really isn’t hard if you do a little bit every day. There’s so much choice and opportunity here, so don’t let that sneaky Freshman 15 get you! Remember, sweat is just fat crying!