This week I had the opportunity to sit down with University of Dallas junior Emily Glick to talk to her about how an active lifestyle makes her an all-around happier person.
LH: Hi, Emily, can you introduce yourself to everyone?
EG: My name is Emily Glick, and I am a junior history, pre-physical therapy major here at UD.
LH: History, pre-physical therapy, that’s interesting …
EG: I know it’s different, but I picked it because of how much I like history, and because I’ve always been an athlete, and I want a career where I can teach and help other athletes to be healthy.
LH: You say you’ve been an athlete your whole life. What is your athletic history particularly?
EG: Well, I played all the sports that everyone does as a kid – tee-ball, soccer, etc. – but the one that really clicked was volleyball in seventh grade. I played volleyball year-round ever since.
LH: Do you still play?
EG: Not anymore, no. I stopped playing in October. Now I just play weekly with friends.
LH: What do you do now as an athlete?
EG: Over the summer I had an internship with Integrated Athletic Development in Dallas. While there and observing the trainers, I learned that everyone has a particular way of exercising that is best for them. Since then I began designing my own workouts, and it has taken some time, but I have finally found a combination of schedule and plan that are getting me fit.
LH: What is the schedule that works for you?
EG: Tuesday and Thursday mornings I do cardio workouts in the gym before class, and Monday, Wednesday and Friday I do cross-training and weights.
LH: How has the exercise affected your life?
EG: It really has changed me for the better. When you begin a real exercise plan, it becomes a lifestyle change. I find that when I am exercising, I make healthier food choices, sleep better and just am happier all-around. It also affects how I use my time, as it pulls me away from the computer and that new episode of “30 Rock” and into the gym, even if it’s only for 30 minutes.
LH: What do you recommend to someone who is trying to reboot their physical life?
EG: Just start. That’s the best thing I can say. If you get started and then allow it to develop, it will begin to affect your whole life. It is a long process, there is no overnight change, but it is an incredibly worthwhile process.
LH: What are the most important parts of your workout?
EG: My plan is invaluable. I always go to the gym with a very exact idea of what I am going to do, and that helps me more than anything.
LH: What is your overall goal when working out?
EG: It’s not as particular as many people’s, but the goal for me is to feel like I am healthy. I have short term goals that are more particular, but the overall goal is to just feel good about myself and feel healthy. That is what is really important to me.