Spotlight on: Brian Kling
1. What does health mean to you?
To me, health is a combination of proper eating and training both your mind and your body. Utilizing this to the best of my ability allows me to be the happiest I can be in my life, which I think is what being healthy is all about.
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
I encourage people I interact with to eat healthy and go to the gym with me. I’m happy to teach anyone my workouts and help them make healthier choices. I eat all natural and organic foods to supplement my body, and will happily cook for those who are willing to try.
3. How do you stay fit?
To stay fit, I go to the Wildcat Fitness gym six times a week and work on various muscle groups. I also go rock climbing occasionally. My fitness goal is to gain lean muscle, which means being mindful of what I put into my body based on what my activity level is for the day.
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
Eating healthy can be pretty time consuming, so I recommend planning your meals for the day or upcoming week. Adding seasonings to your food can definitely make healthy eating much more enjoyable. Also, eating healthy is all about your mindset. The best advice I can give is to set a picture of yourself of where you want to be in six months to a year’s time and remember that more than half the battle starts at the kitchen.
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
Starting my health journey, I had definitive goals I wanted to reach but as I reached them and set new ones, eating healthy and working out became a lifestyle. My motivation is my desire to be better than I was the previous day.
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
I’ve seen physical changes in my body. Working out and eating healthily gave me a lot of confidence in my life. I find myself approaching people more, and able to speak in front of bigger crowds. Ever since I cut sugar out of my diet, I feel as though I am less tired often, and can focus longer. I like to make sure I get at least eight hours of sleep each night and that really has helped with my energy levels.
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Unhealthy people who don’t know what being healthy feels like is missing out in my opinion. You’re not having extreme sugar highs and lows, you feel better, and you have more confidence. Being the healthiest you can be also lowers blood pressure, anxiety, and stress! It prevents your body from chronic illnesses later on in life, and your future is important.