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How to Kickstart Your Summer Body in the Fall

It’s that time of the year again.

The summer sun is fainting away while the chill breeze is coming among us. I don’t know if it is just me, but I am already thinking about my summer body.

I tell myself every year, “Octavia you are going to go to the gym after class and eat healthy!” But the result is always the same. I go back to my apartment and grab the nearest snack at arm’s reach.

So far, I have been going to the gym three times a week and I have been eating healthy. Maybe healthy is a strong word to use, maybe not so healthy, but not too bad is a better fit.


I think this is the year that I will actually stay committed because there are a couple of factors that are very persuasive. I am going to share some incentives and ideas that had helped me stay consistent.


  • Try to find a friend that has the same workout goal as you.

Going to the gym with a friend is very motivating and you guys can even push each other which can be very encouraging. Also, perhaps get a trainer on campus. There’s a lot of fit dudes and gals on campus and if you ask they would probably give up their spare time to help you.


  • Try to eat as healthy as possible.

You do not have to go full-blown vegetarian but cutting out a lot of the fast food can really help. Living in an apartment with a kitchen helps because there are quick healthy meals that are easy to prepare and will kickstart your healthy eating habits. I know a lot of freshmen do not have access to a kitchen and are forced to go to the Commons.


It can be very tempting to eat cheeseburgers and fries every day. I can relate because that was all I ate my first semester of my freshmen year. Did you know that in between the pasta and the burger section, they actually have semi-healthy meals that you would expect at a family dinner, but without the seasoning and the actual taste. It is not the best, but it will bring you a step closer to achieving your goal.


Lastly, always remember that you are perfect the way you are. Do not put yourself through this to please someone else, but for you. 


Octavia Doughty

Salisbury '21

Hello, My name is Octavia and I am a Sophomore are Salisbury University. My major is Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science. I am from Waldorf, Maryland which is in Charles County. I enjoy fitness and fashion.
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