Spotlight on: Alley Lorah

November 18, 2016

 

Spotlight on: Alley Lorah
Name: Alley Lorah
Department: COLA
Position/Role at UNH:  student with undeclared major 
Year Started at UNH: 2015
 
1. What does health mean to you?
To me, health means getting out of bed and being active. Whether it is going to the gym or just walking around or playing your sport.  Not only does it mean being active but also taking care of my body by watching what I eat and how much I eat.
 
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
I maintain a healthy lifestyle and I drag my friends along with me so I’m not alone and they can be involved in staying healthy as well. I teach them crossfit workouts that my trainer made available to me.
 
3. How do you stay fit?
Before college I had a crossfit trainer so I stayed fit by going to him and working out. But coming to college I had to be on my own so I usually take small portions of food in the dining halls, eat all the important food groups, and go to the gym at least 3 times a week. I drink water every day to stay hydrated and along with those things I go to bed early to make sure I get a good rest.
 
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
Consistently eating the correct amount of servings of fruits and vegetables a day. I eat my protein and lean meats along with drinking water. I try to stay away from sugary beverages. A tip for eating healthy is try and balance your vegetables and carbs.
 
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
Staying healthy makes me feel good physically and mentally. When I lay in bed I feel really unproductive and make myself feel better if I go to the gym. When I go to the gym once, I keep pushing myself to go back. I also had my trainer back at home which motivated me, so coming into college I had to find my own motivation.
 
 6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
Yes. All of these things I do for my body and health really make a positive impact on my life. The tangible improvements I have made are working out with weights not just running so I tone my body as well. I also eat salad every night with my meal no matter what it is, so I get my vegetables. Mentally, I talk to myself and push myself to get going and be active.
 
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
Eating healthy isn’t so bad once you start. You realize that it’s good for you so you keep it up and also not all healthy food is bad tasting. Plus, if you don’t have a job or very much homework to do I believe that anyone that wants to be fit and healthy can take 30 minutes to an hour out of their day to go to the gym. You can accomplish your goals if you put your mind to it. 
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