Carrying Your Weight At College

If you're headed off to college after the semester break, don't worry so much about the Freshman 15. Those pounds that new college students have been known to put on are nothing compared to gradual bulking experienced by graduating seniors.

According to research presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, college students become less active the longer they stay in school. Freshmen walk an average of 684 minutes a week, while seniors only walk about 436 minutes.

True Strength Moment: Moderate physical activity like walking isn't the only area where juniors and seniors are lagging behind underclassmen. They also tend to spend less time engaging in vigorous physical activity. Make a point of maintaining your fitness while keeping up with your studies. People who are in top physical condition generally have a sharper mental edge when it comes to academic performance.
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