Being a freshman in college can be pretty tough. I remember searching through Pinterest for hours trying to find the perfect dorm décor. Little did I know, half of the stuff I bought for my dorm room, I would never end up using! To this day, I still have pink bins full of excessive college dorm room décor sitting in my parents’ basement. It’s important that you buy the stuff you actually need – not just the cute stuff you happen to pass by in Target!
If you’re anything like me, one of your ultimate goals will be staying active and healthy while you’re in college. Avoiding the freshman 15 is essential if you’re a broke college student who can’t afford to buy bigger clothes!
In order to make your college life easier, I have put together a list of essential items that every fit college girl needs to get before she heads off to college!
A good pair of sneakers should be the first thing on your shopping list. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a supportive pair of sneakers. No matter what workouts you plan on doing, having quality sneakers is a must.
Staying hydrated is very important if you want to beat the freshman 15! I found myself forgetting to drink water if I didn’t carry a water bottle with me. Fill it up in the morning when you go to the shower and then keep it with you throughout the day!
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Headphones are not only important for working out, they are also great for listening to music while you walk to class.
I always have a pair of headphones handy just in case I need to drown out all distractions in order to crank out some homework or work in class.
If you find yourself wanting to skip going to the gym, or you just don’t have time, having a yoga mat will come in handy!
There are many “dorm room” workouts you can find all over Pinterest. I have found that having a mat makes workouts in your dorm room much more comfortable.
Often times I found myself running outside in the hot sun. Having a generic baseball hat will ensure that you protect your face and head from the sun and it will also make it easier to see.
Workout clothes are essential if you decide to go to the gym. You never know who might be lifting weights as you walk in. I personally love Nike workout apparel. They have pretty reasonable prices and the material is amazing!
Make sure you have some super cute clothes and the rest should fall into place!
Ladies, please, ALWAYS wear some kind of bra while you are working out. I cannot stress how awkward and uncomfortable it makes everyone else feel if you’re running on the treadmill without a bra on. I’m all for accepting our bodies but try to leave being braless for at home or dorm room workouts!
You never know what the temperature might be when you decide to walk to the gym. I constantly found myself only having time in the early morning or late at night when it’s pretty cold out. Having a warm sweatshirt is a must for any healthy college girl!