Community Spotlight: Dr. Nancy Lin
We are proud to have over 35,000 certified trainers in the HYLETE community, who are passionate about training, motivating, and inspiring the health and fitness of others. We asked Dr. Nancy Lin to share her expert voice with the HYLETE community. Read about her passion for fitness, how she trains, and tips on maintaining your health and wellness.
1. For people in the HYLETE community that don’t know you, what are your certifications?
I have my PhD in Nutrition, my Masters in Rehabilitation Therapy from the University of Florida and a 600 RYT in Yoga.
2. What made you want to pursue a career in the health/fitness world?
Preventative medicine and rehabilitation therapies have always been the forefront of health and wellness for me. My father was an Olympian and instilled the grit and tenacity mentality in me and blending the two worlds just makes sense. Understanding the mind and body, how it can maximize and how we can live a full and fulfilled life at any age, is reachable and we just need to practice good lifestyle habits to do so.
3. Why are you passionate about health and wellness?
This is my calling. I have always been drawn to helping people and know this is one of my life’s main purposes in life.
4. What style of training do you do?
I train in the form of body and weight training, functional and corrective exercise movements, hiking, yoga and HIIT. This is a very different shift from how I used to train, which was pure endurance running.
5. What do you train for?
I train so I can feel alive and well every day. I train to understand my body and all the ways it can feel/express the entire spectrum of health/wellness/change/depletion, discomforts and reboot, so I can better help others feel and be better to reach their health goals.
6. How do you define wellness?
Wellness is the state of mind, body and spirit in which intentional practice has been implemented to be as optimal as possible.
7. How do you practice wellness and self-care?
I move my body often in mindful and creative ways. I rest my mind when it needs a break, a recovery or a moment of pause. I drink hydrating substances, eat live and fresh foods, and nourish my muscles, tissues and organs daily. I let go of negative, self-limiting beliefs and abstain from harmful substances that lower my ability to reach optimal health. I give myself compassion and grace when I feel overwhelmed or fail. I celebrate every little win.
8. What are (3) tips you would give to others to better overall wellness and self-care?
- Have a concrete plan as to what your goals are, and a time frame in which you wish to complete your goal.
- Find your accountability buddy- Whether it is a coach, a best friend, your partner...Have someone keep you accountable.
- Allow yourself a chance to sit in discomfort--not everything is going to go as planned and be okay with that. Just know that you can always begin again and pick up where you left off. Self-Compassion and grace are key when starting a new exercise or health plan…but don’t just give up when you feel frustration.
9. How will you know when your wellness efforts are successful?
You’ll know your wellness efforts are successful when you start to harness the self-empowering feelings of joy...in your fitness and health journey. When you are feeling like you can do things with more ease, understanding and a sense of pride.
10. Why do you think it is important to be mindful of your wellness?
You are your best expert. Only you will truly know what you need, how you feel and how you are experiencing circumstances. Tapping in and being mindful of how you move, what you choose to eat and how you spend leisure /purposeful work time will be one of the best indicators of what you are needing to forward propel you to your goals and level up. Biofeedback and true understanding of self will not happen if mindfulness is not practiced consistently.
11. We love your breathing exercises and tips; can you elaborate on the importance of breathing exercises?
The right breathing exercises have been scientifically proven to help calm the central nervous system and help you relax. Slow, deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body and prevent hurtful hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline from wreaking havoc on the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain not to react, calm down from a potential danger associated with a perceived circumstance and relax.
12. Between being a mom, yoga instructor, life coach and so on - do you ever feel like you are losing yourself? How do you come back from that?
Feeling overwhelmed and burnt out is normal and natural...for anyone, not just a mom or a coach. To prevent the feelings of “losing myself”, I practice self-care. This is a must, not a luxury. Understanding what happens in your body when that starts to happen is the first key. The second, and most important key is to implement helpful tools that keep you from spiraling down. Triggers are individual to each person and are almost always emotionally charged. Understanding why something triggers you in a way needs to take place and is done with a deeper self-exploration. Re-writing the narrative of why something is causing a reaction, changing the story, and creating a positive outcome is what I do to come back from setbacks. I like to practice meditation, breathing exercises, or workout to help me feel grounded.
13. What is something you would tell someone that is first starting their wellness journey?
Set realistic and reachable goals, write them down and pick a date of completion. Know and define your WHY. Why are you wanting this change?
14.What is the #1 thing to know when actively trying to better oneself?
You are stronger than you think you are, and your mind matters most--so think yourself capable, worthy of feeling great and indomitable.
15. What does National Wellness Month mean to you?
Spreading the knowledge of health and wellness to as many people as possible and making a determination to practice it for yourself.
16. What’s your favorite HYLETE gear? Do you have a go-to item for running errands? Being a mom? Working out? Rest days?
I love my velos shorts. They are extremely versatile and breathable. They allow me to transition from the gym to errands and I can be the best mom/coach on both rest and workout days in them.
17. Anything else you want to share with the HYLETE community?
I am extremely passionate about spreading the importance of having/adopting an on-going mindfulness/mental wellness practice. I have dedicated a lot of time to my Braincation by Dr. Nancy Lin, PhD Podcast that bridges binaural beats that help regulate the brainwaves and easy guided meditations for people of all ages and genders. The content of my YouTube channel is also growing, as I am focused on providing lifestyle videos to boost immune, physical and psychological health in short, digestible video forms. I am excited to see how virtual platforms continue to spread education and health motivation at the touch of a button.