8 Tips for Kick Starting your Fitness Journey!

 

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Ready to start your fitness journey? Here are some tips to help you get going:

  1. Be determined:

Start because you are convinced that you love your body and want to improve it. Having the right mindset is a key starting point.

  1. Be patient:

Patience, oh Patience, where have you been? If you don’t have it, you will learn it along the way. Permanent, consistent changes to your body do not happen overnight. Once you start seeing results, you’ll want to push yourself more and more every time.

  1. Exercise and nutrition work hand in hand:

Don’t expect to see results if you are not watching what you eat. You can start off by decreasing the amount of junk food you eat per week, cut down on the carbs, increase the protein, and add more veggies to your meal.

If you would like to read more about this topic, you can check out my previous Blog post: “I don’t Diet, I eat according to my goals” here!

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My typical breakfasts include: Omelette, coffee, and some fruit
  1. Don’t be stubborn when it comes to choosing the workouts:

You might think that one move worked magic on a friend of yours but every body is different. Not all exercises are suitable for everyone.

  1. Don’t be afraid of lifting weights:

Many people especially women, are afraid of lifting weights. They immediately think that weights = bulky muscles. No, this is not true, this is a MYTH. Lifting weights burns fat, relieves stress, and tones your body.

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Barbell Squats
  1. Choose Motivational Music:

Prepare some playlists of music ahead of time so you can play them while working out, it will help boost your mood.

  1. Workout with a friend, companion, or lover:

When you workout with someone you love spending time with, you end up motivating each other and having so much fun together. You can also think of it as another opportunity to see each other.

  1. Go buy yourself some NEW active-wear:

When you’re starting a fitness journey you don’t really care about what you’re wearing and you end up picking the old baggy clothes you never wear. This can end up demotivating you. So, go buy yourself some colorful trendy and pretty sportswear, not only will this affect your mood; it will also encourage you to workout and feel comfortable with yourself.

Good Luck!

“Believe in yourself, and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

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EMS workout with Voltfit

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I love trying new things! New year’s eve is right around the corner, have you started thinking about your new year’s resolutions? I’ll be telling you more about my long list and another blog post, soon 🙂

So, I’ve recently tried out a relatively new  type of workout called EMS. After trying 2 sessions of EMS and interviewing Elie, Owner of Voltfit, in order to know more about how the workout works; I am sharing with you my experience below:

EMS or Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a type of workout that involves the transmission of electrical impulses, in the form of electrodes, directly to the muscle.

For those of you who claim to not have time to work out, I have found a solution for you. Shut the excuses away and say “Yes I can make time for myself and my body!” The EMS workout is ONLY a 20 minutes workout so I’m sure you can make time for 20 minutes 😉

The EMS workout is thus equivalent to about 3-4 hours of regular gym training because you are using almost all (95%) your fiber muscles at the same time.  Around 440 contractions are made in 20 min!

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At first, I did not know what to expect, I had not tried anything of this sort before. The electrodes feel like vibrations across your body. In order to feel the vibrations properly, you are advised to wear the special leggings and top that they provide to you. The machine is then attached to a vest that you wear on top of the top in order for the electrodes to flow.

So, how does it work? The machine is made up of 3 currents:

Each current has a specific frequency, intensity, and period.

  • Current for fat loss:

Continuous current

Fast Frequency

Lower Intensity

Involves Cardio

  • Intermittent Current:

4 seconds on and 4 seconds off

Mainly used for toning, shaping and muscle building

  • Relaxation/ Recovery Current:

Fast intermittent (the impulse comes and goes)

Throughout your 20 min workout, all the 3 different currents are being used (not at the same time).

According to Elie, 2 EMS workouts per week along with some regular PT sessions is recommended.

So, are you ready to get shocked?

Book your first FREE session now by contacting Voltfit at +961 76 109 409 and check out their website for any additional information: www.voltfit.com

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Post EMS workout selfie with Elie, Owner & Trainer at Voltfit

6 Tips to boost your health :)

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  1. Make the best out of every situation you face

The mind is a powerful tool. Many studies have shown that positive thinking can affect health. When you are stuck in a certain situation, there is no point in wasting time regretting the past and neglecting the present. Face the situation and try to make the best out of it. I’m not saying that this is something easy to do, but you are capable of overcoming anything in order to reach your goals. And remember, it’s just a phase!

  1. Never Skip Breakfast!

One of my favorite meals of the day is breakfast. Whether I woke up really early or very late, I never leave the house without having eaten. Having an early meal fuels your body for the day and minimizes the chances of overeating during later meals.

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  1. Exercise Regularly

Any type of physical activity is a plus for your health. Integrate some easy steps to get a little more active, like parking your car a little farther, taking the stairs, carrying your own groceries… Take the initiative and choose to try something new and fun with your friends. Join a dance class or try yoga or simply commit to being gym buddies. Joining a gym or new class gives you an opportunity to meet new people and enhances your mood. I exercise because it makes me feel good!

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Trying out Aerial Yoga Class
  1. Do more of the things that make you happy

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of being happy is when an individual feels or shows pleasure and contentment. Doing more of what makes you happy helps release your stress and increase your positive vibes.

  1. Drink more water

Your body is made up of approximately 60% water. Drinking more water helps keep your skin hydrated. I sometimes tend to forget to drink water but I attempt to always carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go in order to at least drink 1.5-2 liters of water daily.

  1. Meditate from time to time

From time to time, spending some time alone simply doing nothing is all you need. Allow yourself some “me time”, enjoy the sunset from your balcony, or find a quite spot at a park, or mountain, and go there and be still from time to time. Escaping the hustle and stress of the day to day can help relieve stress and re-energize you.

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Always Happier by the Sea

 

“I don’t diet, I eat according to my goals”

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One of the most talked about subjects among women is weight loss.

When I was younger I actually believed many of the advertisements concerning weight loss. Media keeps creating and showing us an unrealistic image of what a female body should look like; making many of women who don’t fit this image, feel insecure and unhappy with their bodies.

In an attempt to reduce my weight, I have fallen victim of the fad diet a few times. I’ve tried the Kellogg’s Special K challenge where you eat a small bowl of milk and cereal for breakfast and dinner for a period of 1 week or 10 days. I did end up losing 1-2 kilos, however, as soon as I stopped it, I would gain it back and I’m not going to stay stuffing myself with milk and cereal forever!

Like me, many people try all these types of so called “diets” that most of the times are very unhealthy and destroy your body. Whether it is an all fruits diet, cabbage soup diet, drinking vinegar and so many other unrealistic ideas, they are unsustainable and absurd options for immediate weight loss.

The problem with these fad diets is that they lead to immediate but temporary results. What is the point of losing a certain amount of weight in such a short period if as soon as you go back to your normal routine you will gain it back?

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The body needs carbs, proteins, and nutrients in order to function properly. I’ve discovered that in order to achieve the body of my choice, a balanced diet is what is needed. And by diet I mean a lifestyle and not a temporary diet. As I’ve previously mentioned, I lost close to 7 kilos in a period of 3 months simply by eating healthier, cutting down some carbs, eating whole grain instead of white starch, and cutting down on fried foods and junk food in general. I always mention that French fries are my weakness but that doesn’t mean that I don’t eat them, I just do it in moderation, no more than once a week, and in controlled portions. You will find that with time, as you stop eating certain fatty or sugary foods and replace them with clean, leaner options, you’re body will no longer crave them as much.

My way of living is quite simple; I don’t deny myself from eating anything. I do allow myself to “cheat” and indulge in some of my favorite foods, but not all the time! I try to follow a simple 80-20 rule: eat 80 percent clean and 20 percent other foods.

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I don’t want to be SKINNY!

I want to be HEALTHY and HAPPY!

Arab women have always been known for having the beautiful curvy body with focus on the thighs.  However, mainstream media have continuously carved the image of females as being tall, extremely thin, having the tiniest waist line, long legs and perfect skin and hair – changing the perception of the “ideal woman look”. Seeing the perception of women change makes me so sad.

Many people suffer and aim to become this so called “living Barbie”. We live in a world where many people do not appreciate themselves and the lives they live. Many eating disorders have emerged in the pursuit of reaching this unrealistic image that DOES NOT EXIST. But is media purely the one to blame? Definitely not! Media has a great impact in one’s life but personality, attitude, and self confidence are what define you. With the advancement of technology several editing programs such as Photoshop which have excellent features for photography and graphic designers also have the power to make someone look skinnier and flawless.

The aim is not to have a perfect body. I don’t work out to lose weight; I work out to feel healthy, strong, and lean.

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Aiming for perfection is aiming for something unreal. We all have flaws and learning to embrace them and be comfortable with them is the challenge. I have some stretch marks and a few traces of cellulite on my thighs but these imperfections are what make me human. Every human being is beautiful in his/her way and the most beautiful part is how they express their love to their self in front of the world.

When I look around me, I see how blessed I am to have such a beautiful family by my side and most importantly for having good health. Be thankful for what you have, life is a surprising game that can change when we least expect it to. Eat healthy, exercise and be the best version of yourself.

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More than “Just” Boxing

As Capricorns, we aim for perfection and one thing I can tell you about myself is, when I want something, I don’t stop till I get it.

I believe that trying new things is what life is all about. The more you experiment the more you learn about yourself and what makes you happy. I have been told that everything in life comes with hard work and patience; and we won’t understand the true meaning of this statement until we achieve our goals, one at a time.

I grew up listening to the phrase “Practice makes Perfect”… My mom and brother continuously told me this phrase as a motivation for me to practice piano more, however I never took it seriously. As I grew older, I started to value this phrase and use it as a push for me to keep moving forward and achieve higher in whatever I was doing.

I was never attracted to any type of sport such as basketball, football, or volleyball… I always found myself on the complete extreme, the arts. I did ballet for about 9 years and I have been dancing salsa and ballroom dance for about 5 years. However, my relationship with other sports such as running has and continues to be a struggle (I’ll tell you about that soon. :D)

I lost most of my flexibility soon after stopping ballet, devastating isn’t it? However, as I started working out, doing yoga every once in a while, and now boxing, my body is slowly regaining some of the lost flexibility.

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Outfit from Lorna Jane

I have recently started boxing, and although it’s only been a short 3 months, I never imagined myself developing a passion towards it.

The first few sessions of boxing classes were a bit boring and dull and it is the beginner phase that is the hardest. Most people tend to be impatient and stop since they do not see improvements or results. Usually, I am one of those impatient people, however I believed in myself and in the idea of wanting to learn boxing. Once I have that conviction, no one can stop me from working for what I want. I was doing movements that felt weird and my body did not quite understand what was going on.Now, I anxiously look forward to every boxing session. I am actually learning Chinese boxing, which not only includes pure boxing but also footwork and lots of kicks. Every class is a challenge to me; even if I do not learn a new move, I learn something new about myself, my body,my strength. I have found a beauty in repetition, and am enjoying every step as I grasp the technique behind the moves better. It is through experiences like these that I have come to learn the true meaning of persistence, patience, and perseverance.

Follow me on Instagram Beirut Fitness, where I share videos tracking my progress.

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Photos taken by my dear friend and talented photographer Patrick Sawaya