Wassup guys! My name is Nick and I am currently a 3rd year Biochemistry major at Stony Brook University. To find out more about me and my background, feel free to click the “About Me” section above, but all you need to know for right now is that I have a passion for all things fitness and health. This passion began when I was in high school. Back then it was fairly easy to eat healthy and keep a consistent workout schedule, but then I got to college and everything changed. Between the shitty dining hall food, the sleep deprivation, the caffeine addictions, the parties, and now the added complication of on-campus gyms being closed or restricted due to COVID-19, it can seem impossible to stay healthy and fit in college. Well, I’m here to prove that it is in fact possible. How do I know? I’m doing it right now! Here’s how:
Like many of you, I was forced to take a Freshman seminar class, and other than getting an easy A, it was pretty much a complete waste of time. However, we did learn the concept of the 8 dimensions of well-being. Well my brain is too fried to remember 8 things after taking orgo, so I cut those 8 dimensions down to just 4 words. And if that’ still too hard for you, I made them all start with M.
The 4 M words are; Meals, Muscles, Meditation, and Mindset. Or in other words, the four aspects of health that this blog is going to focus on are your nutrition, your physical health, your mental health, and your outlook on the world. And yes, what they all have in common is “your” This blog is going to focus on YOU. Click on the tabs under “Blog” to find out more information about each M word.
I will be dropping a new blog every THURSDAY night, rotating through the different categories. So, if last week I released a “Meals” blog, then this week I will release a “Muscles” blog and so on. The goal of each blog post is to be informative and educational yet also light and funny. I’ll do my best to make sure that it’s all backed up by the latest scientific fitness and nutrition research. However, I assume you don’t enjoy reading pages and pages of sciencey gibberish, so I will do you the favor of paraphrasing the main points and conclusions. I will always cite all the research I use, so if you’re bored in the house, and in the house bored, feel free to read through the research to make sure I’m not lying.
I also want to make sure that I’m posting the most relevant information possible, so if you have any requests on what I should write about or if you just feel like telling me what a great job I’m doing, feel free to use the contact form below for any suggestions, comments, and questions! I also take Venmo…
Lastly, you know I gotta plug my IG, so check me out @seagull_strength for more great fitness related content!
As I may have mentioned once or twice, I am just a college student. Except for what I’ve learned over the years of working out and eating right myself, I am not a professional and do not have any professional training. You should always talk with your doctor, nutritionist, and other professionals to make sure that the workouts and diets you read about in this blog are right for you and your fitness level. Hopefully this blog will help bring new insights on fitness in general, but in the end, each person is unique, and you have to make your own decisions about whether the information you read about in these blogs is something that will work for you. Neither Seagull Strength Blog nor I personally take responsibility for any injuries or health problems that may result from taking the advice in this blog. Be safe and stay healthy!
As college students, we don't sleep very often. Whether it be late nights of studying, hanging out with friends, working out, or whatever else you may be doing late at night, we seem to have a difficult time getting the 6-7 hours of recommended sleep a night. But luckily studies have shown that the quality of sleep is actually more important than the quantity. And, meditation has been shown to improve the quality of sleep. Wanna learn how? Click "Read Now!"Read Now!
Technically, I am supposed to be writing a meditation blog post this week, but I learned an interesting lesson this week about failing and my mindset towards failing so I thought I would share. I know I’ve written about failure in the past and how to deal with it and I even mentioned some stories from times in my life when I, personally failed, but this past week, I failed, and I failed badly. There’s not going to be any researched tips or tricks in this blog post, but if you're interested in hearing my thoughts and opinions based on my own personal experiences, then click "Read Now!"Read Now!
Plateaus—a lifters worst nightmare (even worse than cardio). We’ve all been there. You start lifting for the first time and you see your maxes fly up. You go from barely being able to move the bar to repping a plate. The world is yours. Then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, the progress stops. You’re working out 6x a week, doing everything right, but you haven’t seen any progress. You’ve plateaued! What do you do? Well, hopefully I’ll be able to answer that question for you right now! Click "Read Now!" to find out 5 ways to beat your plateaus!Read Now!
We all know how important diet is to our physical health. If we want to build more muscle, we have to eat a certain way. If we want to lose weight, we have to eat a certain way. If we want to sleep better at night or have more energy during the day, we have to eat a certain way. So, if diet plays such a large role on our physical health, why would our mental health be any different? In this blog post, I look at the science to see what nutrients and food groups have been shown to have positive or negative effects on depression symptoms. Click "Read Now!" to find out more!Read Now!
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A special thank you to all my friends and family who have not only supported me on my journey but have helped along the way. None of this would be possible without them. Remember to take time to appreciate those in your lives!
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