Spotlight on: Brooke Kealey
1. What does health mean to you?
In general, health means maintaining and achieving overall wellness, a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Eating well and balanced, along with exercising daily are also factors when striving for health. It is highly important to make time for yourself to destress and reflect. Lastly, remaining happy with who you are and always working towards a better you will allow you to reach your best self.
2. What do you do to make a healthy UNH?
I belong to Nourish U, an on campus organization run through health services, promoting wellness through dorm programs, demo tables at the gym, dining hall hack videos, and many on campus table events. Furthermore, I continue to promote nutrition and wellness within my sorority on campus by putting up flyers and simple reminders in our house to always make good food choices, and some basic informative nutrition info.
3. How do you stay fit?
I try to walk as much as possible, whether to downtown, the library, to all my classes, always keep my body moving. I go to the gym 5 days out of the week, usually give my body a rest on the weekends. I love being active by going hiking, swimming, playing intramural sports at UNH or going on bike rides.
4. Do you have any tips for eating healthfully?
Always remember “you are what you eat”. If you want to have energy and feel great then eat foods that will make you feel that way. Your body is your sanctuary, which is why it is crucial to take care of it and respect it. Googling new recipes, exploring different aisles in the grocery store, taking a cooking class, or my favorite, following healthy food accounts on instagram are all great ways to be motivated to eating healthfully.
5. How do you find motivation to stay healthy?
I don’t like waking up in the morning feeling fatigued and stressed, which happens to me when I am not treating myself right. Working out, eating right, and making time for yourself is what will allow you to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and with a clear mind. I want to go through my day with enough energy while also feeling good about myself because that way I will be in a better mood. On my desk I have a saying “You’re only one workout away from a good mood”. I love this saying because it is so true, you will never regret a workout and your body always thanks you afterwards by releasing serotonin and endorphins (your happy hormones) for a happier, clearer, and a more energetic mind.
6. Have you made any tangible improvements to your physical or mental well-being by making positive changes in your life?
This past year I have fallen in love with weight lifting. I used to think cardio was the key to staying fit and getting strong but I was proven wrong. Ever since I was introduced to weight lifting this past year I have lost body fat and gained so much muscle. I feel so powerful and strong when I am in the gym lifting weights and witnessing the muscle growth. In the past year I have also truly tried to live by the “you are what you eat” modo and only eaten foods that I know are going to make me feel good inside and out. Don’t get me wrong though, I still love to indulge in my chocolate and icecream when needed, making my taste buds happy!
7. Anything else you would like to add that might encourage others on campus to make health efforts too?
You only get one body and that body does so much for you, so respect it and take care of it. Whether you try a new vegetable, or go to the gym an extra day this week, or get your friends to go on a hike, or even taking 20 minutes out of your day to reflect and relax, they're all little ways to being healthier. Do it for you.