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  • Get Your Dream Body at Start Living Right Gym!

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian At Start Living Right, we believe that better fitness should be within reach for everyone in Lebanon. So, we’ve created an environment that’s friendly, supportive and motivational. We offer everything you might need to start a healthier lifestyle, and reach your fitness goals. 1- Personal Training Grab one of our special discounts for personal training sessions, where workouts will be tailored to your individual needs and fitness levels. It doesn't matter if you're a super-fit marathon runner or a mother of 2 that hasn't worked out in 20 years. When we give you your individual workout program and coach you through it, you can be sure that you'll get a workout that is perfect for YOU. Ask for our special offers at the desk or by calling 76 496 999. 2- Sports Nutritionist Our Sports Nutritionist can provide you with nutrition counseling and education to enhance your fitness journey. You will be taught properfood selection and food preparation. The nutritionist will calculate your optimal nutrition for exercise training (match nutrition to training phases and goals), competition, recovery from exercise, weight management, hydration, immunity, disordered eating, and supplementation. We work with one of the best sports nutritionists in Lebanon! 3- Physiotherapist A Physiotherapist will also be on deck to handle any problems you are facing during your workouts, and to provide help for pre-existing conditions, so that you won’t face further injuries during your workouts. Nothing will hold you back from reaching your full fitness potential! 4- Classes If you’re anything like me, you’ll find going to the gym can sometimes be boring, that is why, at Start Living Right, we provide classes that are both fun and will make you work up a sweat. Have you ever jumped on a trampoline for exercise? Well, with our new Bounce class you can! Other highlights include, a Power Yoga class that will shed a whole new light on what you think yoga can do for your body, Circuit Training, Pilates, Spinning, and many more of your favorites. 5- Amenities In addition to all of the above, we offer a number of amenities to make your gym experience as easy as possible; we’re open every day, we offer free parking, you will receive a lock and towel as you enter the gym, and have access to individual showers when you have completed your workout.  We also have water coolers to keep you hydrated throughout your workout! So? What are you waiting for? Call Start Living Right Gym now and ask for our membership details 76 496 999! We are one of the most upcoming gyms in Lebanon and we guarantee that we will change your life! P.S. Don’t worry, non-members can also benefit from our monthly diet and exercise program services.
  • Top Five Healthiest Lebanese Dishes

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian  We all know that as Lebanese we’re blessed with a great variety of colorful and delicious food. In Lebanon, we have the best of what the Mediterranean can offer, and we take advantage of it at any chance we can get. But what if you’re trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle or are on a calorie based diet? Well, we have combined a list of the Top 5 best Lebanese dishes with the lowest calories to help with your fitness regimen. Happy Eating! Hummus The staple piece on our tables in Lebanon, I personally cannot live without it, and it’s one of the best things you can eat while on a diet, as long as you don’t go heavy on the olive oil and tahini, this high in protein dish provides roughly 170 calories for 100 grams, and is a good to excellent source of appreciable contents such as dietary fiber, B vitamins, manganese and other nutrients. It’s great supplement to your fitness regimen to have some Hummus after a workout. Click here for the recipe. Tabbouleh Greens are an essential source of fiber, and are a necessary part of any diet, so with only 198 calories in each cup, it’s a no brainer that Tabbouleh would be on this list. Not only that, but it contains 10 super foods in its ingredients; Bulgur is high in fiber and protein, low in fat, has a low glycemic index, and contains potassium and iron, Onions contain anti-inflammatory, anti-cholesterol, anti-cancer, and antioxidant properties, Garlic helps manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and has shown to be a strong antibiotic, Parsley contains more vitamin C than most vegetables and approximately three times as much as oranges. It has twice as much iron as spinach, and is a good source of manganese, calcium, and potassium, Olive oil may lower your total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, and much more. This is a must eat, even if you’re not focusing on your fitness. Baked Falafel  Everyone knows the small kiosks that sell deep fried falafels, as delicious as they may be, they’re not the healthiest of choices. On the other hand, baked falafel is extremely healthy for you and equally as delicious, 6 pieces of baked Falafel have 240 calories in them. Chickpeas are low in fat and contain no cholesterol. Falafel is high in protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Key nutrients are calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin C, thiamine, pantothenic acid, vitamin B, and folate. Falafel is also high in soluble fiber, which has been shown to be effective in lowering blood cholesterol. Click here for a quinoa tabuleh recipe.  Ful Medames A popular breakfast item in Lebanon, with only 126 calories per cup, it’s a good dish to add in your diet, as Fava Beans (Ful) are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, protein, phosphorus, copper and manganese, and a very good source of folate. Just make sure not to add too much olive oil. Adding chili pepper flakes, however, is an advantage as Red chilies contain large amounts of vitamin C and small amounts of carotene (provitamin A), and it said to slightly boost your metabolism, if consumed on a regular basis. Lentil Soup Last but not least, with the lowest amount of calories, like other broth-based soups, the high-water content in lentil soup makes it fairly low in calories, at 56 calories per 100 grams. Its satisfying nature is mainly because of the high fiber content in lentils. Fiber contains no calories because your body can't break it down, yet it slows digestion to help your stomach stay full long after you've put down your spoon. Most of the fats present in lentil soups come from olive oil, making them healthy fats. Popular recipes for lentil soup vary, but some of the common ingredients aside from lentils include diced tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil, carrots and celery. Click here for the recipe.   
  • What is better for weight loss: cardio or weightlifting?

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian  It all depends what you mean by "lose weight." If you’re in a battle with your scale, cardio is the way to go. If you want to look toned in your bikini, though, it's time to get comfortable with strength training. Cardio is the simplest thing you can do when it comes to burning calories. Let’s talk science: if you burn more calories than you consume in a day, you will definitely lose weight.  Step on a treadmill, run three miles, and you’ll burn around 300 calories.  You don’t need any special equipment, have a deep knowledge of any complicated exercises, just a pair of sneakers and your limbs.  That’s why most newbies just run for miles, or use the elliptical; it’s pretty difficult to mess up. Something you’re probably thinking about is how many calories you’re burning during the actual workout - that's got to count for something, right? Minute per minute, cardio unquestionably burns more calories than strength training, which could explain why, according to a recent Duke University study, compared to strength trainers, aerobic exercisers lose more weight in less time. If you do a longer cardio session, you could burn somewhere in the neighborhood of 500-800 calories, depending on the exact length and intensity level. That is a fairly decent number and will definitely help with your fat loss goals. Since you must burn off 3500 calories in order to lose one pound of body fat, if you do enough of these cardio sessions, and make sure you're not eating these calories back, weight loss will take place. The problem with this is, you are most likely to waste a lot of time, and also, most likely get really bored. In addition to that, cardio doesn't really do a lot for your muscles. For example, in a Penn State study, dieters lost 21 pounds whether they performed cardio or strength training. But for the cardio group, six of the pounds lost were muscle mass, while the lifters lost almost pure fat—and probably fit into their skinny jeans better because of it. So, while the weight training session may not burn as many per minute calories during the actual workout, the overall calorie burning benefits you receive from it typically outweigh that of cardio. Strength training is the number-one way to build more muscle. And for every three pounds of muscle you gain, you can expect to burn an extra 120 calories a day without moving a single one of those muscles, say trainers. Studies have demonstrated that after a weight training workout, the metabolism can be boosted for up to 36 hours post-workout, meaning rather than burning say 60 calories an hour while sitting and watching TV, you're burning 70. While you may think, 'Big deal - 10 extra calories', when you multiply this by 36 hours, you can see what a huge difference that makes in your daily calorie spending over that day and a half. Ultimately, all of this doesn't mean that you should retire your running shoes, especially if you're a stress eater. Cardio is one of the best ways to reduce stress. The best answer? A fitness plan that includes both cardio and strength training.    

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