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  • Simple Workouts to try on the Beach

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian  Whether it be by the shores of Batroun, or on the sandy coasts of Sour, Lebanon has some of the best beaches you can hope for, so when the weather is beautiful and breezy take your workouts outdoors and enjoy the sound of the crashing waves. Fitness never felt so Breezy. Sand Sprints  Warm your body up by running a few laps up and down the coast on the sand. When you feel comfortable enough, mark a distance by drawing a line in the sand or by putting two towels by the ends. Sprint from one end to the other, try to do 15-30 second sprints, with a ten-second break between them. It’s much harder to sprint on the sand, so the resistance makes it so much harder than regular sprints so you'll feel them much more. Water Run If you want to graduate from the Sand Sprints, and simultaneously feel like you’re on Baywatch, Water Jogging or Running is for you! Not only does it keep you cool, but also the water adds extra resistance, making you work out harder. This is probably better for sandy beaches, like in the South of Lebanon. This is a great way of making cardio more fun in your regular fitness routine. The Beach Crawl On cool, dry, and soft sand, lower into a plank position. Crawl forward on your hands and feet for half a minute, or a full minute if you can. The smooth sand destabilizes your hands and feet, making your hamstrings and glutes work harder. Sand Lunges These are you basic lunges but with the added difficulty level of doing them on the sand, step one foot forward, while keeping your front knee above your ankle, go lower so that your back knee slightly touches the sand. Then come back up, and do it again. Do this times and then reverse legs. Yoga Enjoy the relaxing feeling of yoga while watching the beautiful sunset next to the shore. All you need is a towel and your positive energy. Whether you do your favorite flow by yourself, or take one of the many available sunset yoga classes offered in Lebanon, you are bound to enjoy this workout to the fullest. What are the advantages of a workout in the sand? When you work out in the sand, your body has to work much harder. This is because sand isn’t a stable surface–it’s always moving underneath you, and you continuously need to make tiny adjustments to maintain each move. This results in using more of the muscles in your feet, legs, arms and core, including muscles that you probably don’t normally use. So, this is something to definitely add to your normal fitness routine. If you need some motivation to start your fitness routine, come and check out Start Living Right gym: 76 496 999    
  • Five Ways to Start Living Right in Lebanon

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian  Exercise and a good diet aren’t the only integral parts in fitness, having a healthy lifestyle is what ensures your long-term success. Here are some steps you can take right now that will make you healthier than yesterday, and lead the way for a healthier life tomorrow. Drink more water  It’s almost impossible to be overhydrated, so make sure you always have a water bottle with you throughout the day, and to regularly fill it. Drinking water helps your body in every single way, from glowing skin, to better digestion, to overall health and fitness. Factor in the heat and the humidity in Lebanon, drinking water may even save your life. Eat your vegetables  When your momma told you to eat your vegetables as a kid she wasn’t saying it to be cruel. A diet high in vegetables helps reduce the risk of developing cancers of the lung, colon, breast, cervix, esophagus, stomach, bladder, pancreas, and ovaries. So try to eat four to five servings of vegetables a day — raw, steamed, or stir-fried. It’s so easy to do this, especially in Lebanon, since we have such amazing readily available vegetables. Exercise daily  I know this seems like a very tough thing to do with everybody’s busy schedules, but you don’t have to have an intense 2 hour cardio workout for it to be considered exercise. Put some music on while you clean and dance your heart out, or find short exercise videos easy enough to do at home, and do them daily. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. A fitness routine doesn’t necessarily have to be grueling. You can always come to Start Living Right gym to make that first step! Give us a call 76 496 999 Get some sleep  Your body does not function well without proper sleep. Regulate your bedtime, download an app that monitors your sleeping pattern. Darken your room more and turn your clock away from you. If you have trouble sleeping, try yoga and meditation, or other relaxation techniques. Or eat a small bedtime snack of foods shown to help shift the body and mind into sleep mode: whole grain cereal with skimmed milk, oatmeal, cherries, or chamomile tea. Darken your room more and turn your clock away from you. Go grocery shopping  When you have easy access to junk food, it makes it much more difficult to eat right, so go grocery shopping and stock your pantry with healthy food, so you’ll be inspired to cook healthier. There are so many readily available recipes online and even in our local cuisine in Lebanon. Teach yourself to bring healthy snacks with you wherever you go, so you're prepared when you get hungry.    
  • Tips for Exercising in the Lebanese Summer Heat

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian A beautiful sunny day in Lebanon feels like the ultimate motivation to go outside and play, but exercise combined with the summer heat can be a dangerous combination.  So, here are a couple of things to think about while working out in the summer: 1- The Time of day is important: Try avoiding exercising outdoors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and take some cover in the shade. Instead, rise early to catch the cool of the morning, or go out at sunset or later. Generally, the early morning is the best time to workout, especially if it's going to be a scorcher that day. Alternatively, you can just jump in a pool as we have plenty of great pool resorts in Lebanon, or add an aqua-aerobics class in your fitness routine. And carry a fan/spray bottle for skin surface cooling 2- Wear loose, light-colored. Lighter colored clothing will help reflect heat, and cotton material will help your sweat evaporate. You may also want to try specially designed, "hi-tech" running shirts and shorts. They are often made from material meant to keep you cool, which is essential in the heat in Lebanon. 3- Sunscreen is essential. Yes, I understand we’re Lebanese and we don’t burn, but we can get skin cancer, so use SPF 45 just to be safe. It's important to protect your skin. You can get burned without realizing it and suffer sun damage to your skin, even on cloudy days. 4- Stay hydrated. Before you go out, drink a glass or two of water. Carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go. Take a drink every 15 minutes, even when you're not thirsty. When you're done with your workout, have a few more glasses of water. This should already be part of your fitness plan. It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day and not just before a workout. Click here to learn about the dangerous side effect of dehydration. 4- Take it Slow. Never let yourself get to the point where you’re feeling faint, dizzy, and sick. Setting goals for yourself is always a good thing, and sure it might kill you not to finish your four-mile workout, figuratively, but it might actually kill you if you try. Fitness is important, but overall health is even more important. Listen to your body. If you’re feeling any of the following, find air-conditioned comfort fast. -          Muscle cramps -          Nausea or vomiting -          Rapid heartbeat -          Light-headedness -          Weakness -          Dizziness/Paling of the skin -          Headache All in all, make sure to be safe, and take care of yourself. If you are looking for a cool place to sweat, make sure you come and check out our gym Start Living Right ! Call us on 76 496 999 to learn more about our services.   

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