At age 29, Nic Roldan has become an icon in the dangerous and exciting world of international, high-goal polo, where injury can be just as prevalent as a Champagne toast. Fueled by intensity, passion and raw talent, Roldan holds many of the highest accolades prized by the adrenaline-charged sport and is one of the highest-ranked players in the United States today.
What was the “ah-ha” moment that made you start taking your health seriously?
I’ve always been an extremely athletic person and have been involved in many different outdoor activities from surfing to polo. You could say exercise has always been a part of my life; it’s part of my routine. Plus, I understand that staying active and eating healthy are really the key focus points when it comes to your health, as well as longevity.
Do you have a secret habit that is part of your healthy lifestyle?
I eat a lot of vegetables throughout my day, both as snacks and part of my daily meals. I also try to stay away from carbonated beverages and stick more with fruit juices. You’ll want to avoid the sugary fruit juices, but they give you that flavor and fruit boost you need.
If you could permanently get rid of one bad habit, what would it be?
I’m a junk food junkie. It’s definitely a bad habit and I wish I could kick it, but it always gets to me!
If you could get a free pass forever with one bad habit, what would it be?
I would definitely take a free pass for Five Guys, the infamous burger joint. They have the absolute best burgers. I would not be opposed to a free pass to eat them and not worry about the calories.
What is your greatest health achievement or milestone?
My greatest health achievement has been winning the U.S. Polo Championship, as well as many other tournaments throughout the U.S. and overseas. My health played a major role in achieving those goals, and it made me proud of my healthy habits. As I’ve grown, I’ve also pushed my body more to the limit and would like to keep doing so in the future by competing in marathons and possibly triathlons. Getting photographed for ESPN’s “Body Issue” in next to nothing was also really exciting!
Run, walk, ride or swim?
All of the above!
If you were a fruit or vegetable, what kind would you be?
I’d want to be an orange. When I think of oranges, I think of energy and being energized, which is similar to my personality, so I think it’s a good fit.
If you could “superpower” one of your five senses, what would it be and why?
I’d definitely superpower my hearing. Heightening my hearing would mean I’d be able to hear better on the polo field and that would be awesome!
If you could break a world endurance record, what would it be?
I would have to say the Ironman [Triathlon], since it’s the ultimate contest when it comes to strength and endurance. The Tour de France would also be a great endurance record to break.
If you could tell one thing to your adolescent self, what would it be?
Your determination and hunger for life will be your greatest asset in helping you achieve your goals. Stay determined and never stop moving forward.