Spotlight On: Cedric Masengere

October 11, 2016

 

Spotlight on: Cedric Masengere
Photo Courtesy of: Cedric Masengere
Name: Cedric Masengere
Department: CEPS
Position/Role at UNH: Chemical Engineering Student
Year Started at UNH: 2013
 
1. What does health mean to you?
To me, health is a way of life; it’s a way to better yourself. I think of the human body as a computer and you can upgrade it depending on how much hard work you put into it. If you don’t put the effort to be healthy, then you won’t perform as well.
 
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
I try to read an hour a day and go to the gym for at least 1-2 hours every day. I try to stay on top of my mental, physical, and spiritual health. I try to go to bible study occasionally. I think this question is about maintaining balance and that’s really what I try to achieve. 
 
3. How do you stay fit?
I always make sure I go to the gym every single day whether it is outside, at the Hamel Recreation Center, or Wildcat Fitness. I love weightlifting with mixed in cardio sessions. I have set days for specific muscle groups. I really listen to my body and what it tells me. It all depends on how I feel to decide if I can do more with my body. 
Mondays – Chest and back
Tuesdays – Arms and shoulders
Wednesdays – Track workout and legs
Thursdays – Light chest, heavy back
Fridays – Heavy shoulders, heavy arms
Saturdays – Crossfit workout
Sundays – Rest day is a cardio day
 
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
I have a rule: before every meal I eat, I always have a plate of protein and a plate of carbs and vegetables. I think fruit is very important for antioxidant reasons. My grandma taught me that the secret to living a longer life is to always eating your vegetables and I’ve always lived by that.
 
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
My motivation is to be better than the day before. I’m always open to constructive criticism and that motivates me to train harder and to be healthier than I was the day before. It also motivates me to know that I can help inspire people. People have contacted me from different countries of the world telling me that my posts have inspired them to get out of bed and start moving!
 
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making
positive changes in your life?
Yes, I’m more alert as a person and I physically feel better. I feel happier and more energetic, which has opened many doors for me. This hasn’t just affected me, but everyone around me:  I am able to spread my positive energy. I also think I look and feel better, which has given me the confidence to find more people to share it with.
 
7.  Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health
efforts too?
I view myself as a motivational health advocate. I have an Instagram page, @fitness_cedrick95, and a Youtube channel called Prince of Dominion (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClqVYhb_B9uvOMVgYHJRIgA) to help inspire people to make healthier decisions with their lives. Some advice I would give is to think of the future and where you want to be 10 years from now to achieve your fitness and health goals.
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