No one thinks it will happen to them until it does– the unavoidable “Freshman 15”. More importantly, learning to eating healthy and getting a good amount of exercise are key to feeling good and surviving the stress of a college student’s packed schedule. Here are some ways to eat healthy and stay active in ways that aren’t running back and forth between classes.
Group Exercise Classes: With everything from yoga to pilates to aerobics, these group classes are held weekly at both the William Pitt Union and the Petersen Events Center, and cost $40 per semester. Sign up with friends for a fun, social workout!
CHAARG organization: This Pitt club promotes fitness specifically for women on campus, encouraging confidence, mental health, and empowerment. It’s acronym stands for Changing Health, Attitudes, & Action to Recreate Girls. This group meets for workout sessions and yoga classes, sharing healthy recipes in their downtime.
Trees Hall: For an alternative workout, head to upper campus and check out these facilities. With everything from an Olympic-sized pool to a full rock-climbing wall, this place is sure to switch up your workout and break the monotonous treadmill routine. If you want to go for a swim but don’t feel like trekking up the hill, head over to Bellefield for a smaller pool that’s usually less crowded.
The Petersen Events Center: open to all students, this place has tons of cardio and weight lifting machines for a classic gym session. It’s located at the top of “Cardiac Hill” so the hike up there may be enough of an exercise itself.
Dance clubs: With everything from Salsa, to Ballroom, to a club specializing in Korean Pop music video recreations, Pitt has an organization for every genre of dancer.
The Bakery on Fifth Ave: Your best bet for scoring healthy options on a meal plan. Use cash or Pitt dining dollars to purchase some of their fresh produce and variety of organic granola and cereal snacks. Tip: if you’re in the mood for a smoothie, avoid Market-to-go’s sugary milkshakes and instead head up to the Pete for a yogurt-based fruit smoothie.
Farmer’s Market: On Thursdays in front of the William Pitt Union, you’ll find several tents crowded with vendors selling fresh baked bread, spices, and produce straight from the farm. In fall and spring, you can use dining dollars in exchange for tokens to purchase these delicious locally sourced foods.
Hello Bistro: If you’re looking to eat healthy off campus, but want to avoid that greasy Sorrento’s pizza, try this spot on Forbes Ave. They’re famous for a make-your-own style salad bar, featuring tons of unlimited toppings to switch up the usual boring old salad. However, as the saying goes, “Everything in moderation,” — this place also serves fries and burgers, perfect for the times you just want to indulge.