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Fighting off the Freshman 15

22 August 2014 By Carley Milligan, Arts and Life Editor No Comments

There are many things college freshmen fear upon starting their first semester and gaining the dreaded “Freshmen 15” is no exception. With new and challenging classes, hundreds of clubs and activities and a whole new pool of students to meet it can be challenging to find time to exercise or even think about eating anything other than microwaveable noodles. Luckily, there are many on-campus resources available to help Towson students stay fit and healthy.

Getting plenty of exercise is the first step to making this happen and the best place to start is at Burdick Hall. Complete with a 8,500 square-foot Fitness Center, students are given full access to all of the weight and cardio machines as well as a 35-foot climbing wall that has a variety of climbs for beginners or experts.

Burdick also houses the pool where, during open swim hours, students can use at least four of the eight lanes. Three gyms are also available for students who want to play a casual game of basketball, dodgeball and more.

If you aren’t sure where to begin, or just looking for an activity to do with friends, the group exercise classes are a fun option for anyone. In these classes, instructors guide participants through a “structured, results-focused regimen,” according to their website (http://www.towson.edu/campusrec/index.html). Although classes will not begin until Monday, Sept. 8, the schedule and list of classes will be available on Monday, Sept. 1 so be sure to check them out and find a time that works best with your schedule. There are many ways to stay active on campus, but if you aren’t a fan of traditional methods like going for a run or playing for one of Towson’s club or intramural teams, there are still many ways to get outside and move around.

Exercise not only keeps your body looking fit and healthy, but its also a good way to relieve stress and keep you positive if classes start to become too much. Something as simple as skateboarding or tossing around a throwing disk are crucial to keeping your body feeling fit.

For anyone looking to get off of campus for a bit, Charm City Yoga, a popular option for students located on Allegheny Avenue, is the ideal place to give your mind a break and your body a work-out.

Working out is only half the battle, and being conscious about what you eat and put into your body is equally important. A great resource for finding healthy and delicious food on campus is dineoncampus.com/towson, where students can look up the food being served at each dining hall as well as its nutritional facts. The site is full of tips for eating healthy as well as information about specific dining options on campus like vegetarian, vegan, kosher and halal foods.

For those looking for more personalized guidance, Kerry Ballek is Towson’s campus registered dietician and can help students with any kind of diet related questions or concerns they may have. It is true that eating well and exercising often are the best ways to keep from gaining those extra pounds, but the most important thing is to make sure that you are healthy, regardless of your weight. The Health Center, which recently opened in its new location next to The Residence Tower, has resources to help students with any kind of ailment they may be experiencing.

Similar to Ballek, whose office can be found in The Health Center, there are other staff members who can help students who have problems with exercise, sexual health, sleep, stress management, mental health and a lot more.

With everything from prescription meds, check-ups and treatment of common illness and injuries all the way to STD and HIV testing, allergy shots and help with smoking cessation the staff at the Health Center are prepared to assist students with any of the physical or mental health needs.

And just in case all of the readily available on-campus solutions don’t fit your needs, The Health Center has a large referral network of specialists in the Towson community. Regardless of your concerns or problems, Towson has a way to ease your worries and keep your body and mind healthy.

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