Spotlight On: Emily Heidt
Year Started at UNH: 2010
What does health mean to you?: Health is a positive lifestyle in mind, body, and spirit. It is overcoming obstacles and tough times and coming out on the other side a changed person. Whether it is going for a ten minute run in between class, going to the gym for an hour every day, running a 5k every weekend, or even skipping out on the cookie at Stillings, every person is different.
What do you do to make a Healthy UNH?: I try my absolute best to keep a positive attitude. Having a positive attitude does wonders. It keeps you motivated and motivates others as well. I try to use the stairs as much as I can around campus and eat a well-balanced meal every day.
How do you stay fit?: I am an avid horseback rider so I ride at least 4 times a week during breaks and at least 2 times a week during the school year. Besides that, I like to switch between running around the track and using the machines at the Whit. I like to change up my work out schedule a lot to keep things interesting.
Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?: If you are a snacker, try to keep healthy snacks around you. I keep things like yogurt, graham crackers, apples, rice cakes, trail mix, and fruit in my room to snack on. The best thing you can do is keep yourself busy and you will forget that you are hungry. When you eat at the dining halls, it is hard to keep your plate healthy with all of the options they give you. I stick to the first couple of stations in each dining hall because you can usually find a balanced meal such as a meat, vegetable, and a starch. Try to put at least one vegetable or fruit on your plate for each meal. Drink lots of water, eat in moderation, and focus on eating whole foods!
How do you find motivation to stay healthy?: I find motivation in positivity, prayer, and through friends. I have a quote board by my door in my dorm room for quick inspiration before class and my friends and text each other upbeat texts throughout the day to keep us going. We motivate each other to stay healthy and active as much as we can.
Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?: I’ve changed my mindset that exercise and being healthy doesn’t mean you have to do this rigid program 7 days a week. I started college thinking that was the only way you could stay active, and if I missed a day of my designated program, I would feel terrible about myself. Instead, I work out to feel good-mentally, instead of just physically. The physical stuff will follow. Hanging out with my horse, jogging around the track for ten minutes, or even just going for a walk around campus gives me great relief in my mind, body, and soul. I work out to relieve stress and help with my anxiety. If I feel tense or even if my posture isn't good, I know I’m all balled up inside and immediately head to the gym. I used to push myself too hard and there would be no run or relaxation involved. Since I have changed my attitude about working out I find myself ten times happier, relaxed, and stress free.
Anything else you would like to add?: This is your life so you can decide how you live it and what being healthy means to you. Don’t forget the support and encouragement of your friends and family around you and take advantage of all the things healthy UNH has to offer!