Spotlight on: Adam Manning
1. What does health mean to you?
To me, health encompasses many aspects of a person's life. I feel that a large component of health is the outcome of how we treat our bodies- providing foods with good quality nutrients, exercising our bodies and minds, and allowing for rest when we need it.
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
I encourage my peers to get active, head to the gym, and give advice when it's asked of me.
3. How do you stay fit?
One of my favorite things to do is lifting weights. In a perfect week, I'll be in the gym 5-6 days per week. As this semester has gotten busier, it's been 3-4, but I modify my routine to ensure that all of my muscle groups get an equal amount of attention. I also just recently starting running again after a long hiatus. In the warmer months of the year I enjoy hiking, backpacking, and swimming.
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
Gradually incorporating small changes to your diet is something that I've always seen as important. A person that wants to eat a healthy diet doesn't need to start eating rice, chicken breast and salad right out of the gate. Try swapping white bread for whole wheat. Little changes over time are much better than no change at all.
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
Thinking about my life ahead of me is a big motivator toward eating well and exercising. Acknowledging that there are so many health issues that can be avoided by taking care of yourself is a large component of it as well. On days where I don't feel like going to the gym, I think about the thousands of hours of work I've put in to get myself where I am now.
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
For sure. I was really small statured growing up, and didn't have the best self esteem about my body. I starting doing calisthenics and then transitioned into lifting weights, tracking my calories and macronutrients. Seeing progress with my physique and strength was and still is a very motivating thing for me. With the changes came confidence, and that was a really great feeling.
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
Making a habit of taking care of your body now will greatly help you in the long run. It's never too late to start. If traditional exercise isn't for you, just find ways to move your body. Hiking, dancing, climbing on the bouldering wall. Remember that healthy eating doesn't have to be obsessive. It's okay to treat yourself every once and a while.