Spotlight on: Alexander Keith
Name: Alexander Keith
Department: Paul College
Position/Role at UNH: Student
Year Started at UNH: Fall 2014
1. What does health mean to you?
Health, as an overall definition to me means having both a good physical and mental well-being. Whether it’s going out for a run or not putting the TV on for a night to start a new book.
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
I try to recycle as often as possible and while waiting in between classes on campus I try to just stay on campus instead of driving around trying to kill time. I usually end up at the library working on homework before I leave to go to my other class.
3. How do you stay fit?
For staying fit, I like to go out for runs after work and school. I enjoy going out for runs because not only is it a great physical workout, they are great for mental relief. I get to reflect on how my day went and allow my stress to slowly leave my body with each step that I take.
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
For tips on eating healthy, I think the only tip I would have is that keep the thought of trying to eat healthier in the back of your mind. Don’t think about it too often, just every now and then when you grab food, think is this really food choice a healthy choice for me and if it isn’t, ask your self could I find something better?
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
I find my motivation for staying healthy by just reminding myself of personal goals I set for myself and trying to improve one day at a time. Its just like running where you have to put one foot in front of the other for day to day improvement.
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
The tangible improvements I have made to my physical or mental well-being are that I have being running on a more consistent basis and also improving on eating fruits and other healthy food. As for mental well being, I just try to read a little bit more or shut tv off an hour before I go to bed.
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
For encouraging others on campus to make healthier efforts, I would just say try and keep an eye on what you eat. For exercising, I always thought that you just have to be committed to it, almost like anything in life. Even when you don’t want go for run, giving yourself a mental kick or reminder of what your goals are can give you the motivation to make a change.