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NIFS Healthy Living Blog

The Benefits of NIFS for a College Student

As a full-time student, balancing your studies, work, and health can be difficult. I have found one of the best ways to relieve stress, stay healthy, and feel good overall is through working out. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed working out—not just for my physical health, but my mental health as well. It has always been a way for me to work through my emotions, good or bad, and it always makes me feel better in the end, even if the workout is difficult.

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An Outlet for Movement and Mindfulness

NIFS has been my go-to gym since starting college in 2021. Whether l am lifting weights or participating in group fitness classes, moving my body has always helped take my mind off of things when I need to clear my head and relax. NIFS has allowed me to have multiple outlets for movement all in one place with its variety of equipment and classes ranging from things that work my body, like our Zumba class, to relax my mind, like our yoga classes.

Social Benefits

NIFS has also been a place where I have met some amazing people. It’s a wonderful place to be social and work with like-minded people who push you to be your best even when you do not feel like it. It has been a great community that I have found myself and others thriving in. There is a mix of both students and regular gym-goers from the community that promotes all kinds of different interactions. In fact, some of my favorite people I have met are not even students and have even helped me outside of the gym.

Overall, NIFS has been extremely beneficial to me as a full-time, working student. It allows me to balance my studies and work with my mental and physical health. The community and environment are healthy and promote people to be their best selves. I couldn’t imagine being a student and not having NIFS as my outlet.

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This blog was written by Sydney Poindexter, NIFS Membership Specialist. To learn more about the NIFS bloggers, click here.

Topics: NIFS yoga group fitness Zumba students working out

Walk Before You Run: Prioritizing Nutrition for Fat Loss

Embarking on a journey toward fat loss or body recomposition is akin to preparing for a marathon. Just as you wouldn't sprint at the start line, nutritionally, it's vital to "walk before you run." This philosophy underscores the importance of gradual, sustainable steps in dietary adjustments, emphasizing the hierarchy of nutritional priorities that catalyze progress.

GettyImages-1261754581(2)The Cornerstone of Nutrition: Caloric Intake

At the heart of any effective fat loss or recomposition strategy is managing caloric intake. The first step isn't intricately tracking every morsel, but understanding that the energy you consume versus the energy you expend dictates your body's changes. This principle doesn't necessitate immediate, meticulous food logging. Instead, start by becoming mindful of your eating habits and recognizing patterns that may contribute to excess calorie consumption. Simple adjustments, like reducing portion sizes or limiting high-calorie, nutrient-poor snacks, can initiate progress without overwhelming you with the nuances of calorie counting.

The Second Pillar: Protein Intake

Protein plays a pivotal role in preserving muscle mass during a calorie deficit and in supporting muscle growth during recomposition phases. However, before diving into the complexities of macronutrient ratios, focus on incorporating quality protein sources into your meals consistently. Choices like lean meats, fish, dairy, and plant-based proteins not only support your body’s needs but also contribute to satiety, helping you manage overall calorie intake more effectively.

Laying the Foundation: Eating Habits and Food Choices

Before delving into the specifics of tracking, the foundation of your nutritional strategy should be establishing regular eating patterns and making healthful food choices. Eating at consistent times aids in managing hunger and energy levels, preventing overeating. Gradually shifting your diet toward whole, nutrient-dense foods improves your overall nutrient intake, setting the stage for more detailed nutritional strategies like macronutrient tracking.

In essence, successful nutrition planning for fat loss or body recomposition mirrors the adage of "walk before you run." Start with broad, manageable changes in eating habits and food choices (and see this blog for where to start in other areas). As these become ingrained, refine your focus toward caloric and protein intake. This phased approach not only promotes physical progress but also fosters a healthier relationship with food, ensuring long-term success on your journey.

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This blog was written by Sabrina Goshen, an Aligned Health Practice Registered Dietitian.

Topics: nutrition calories protein mindfulness body composition fat loss