Fitness Is More Than Skin Deep

More encouragement for adhering to fit, healthy lifestyles can be found in the Tuffts University Longitudinal Health Study that tracked the activity levels of 564 college students between 1998 and 2007. The study, which was published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found a strong correlation between fitness and reduced metabolic risk especially in women. In fact, even fit people with higher than desirable percentages of body fat (greater than 23% for women and 19% for men), still enjoyed a reduced risk of potential health problems.

True Strength Moment: While the average college student in this study was in better shape than the general population simply because of their age and access to exercise-related activities, researchers stressed the importance of fitness in every college student's life. Given the endless opportunities for cafeteria fare and late-night snacking, remaining vigilant about eating decisions and staying active can go a long way toward avoiding the dreaded Freshman 15.
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