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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 enjo...
  • 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 thin...
  • Top Five Hiking Destinations in Lebanon

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian  The sun is up, the weather is sweet, it’s time to put on your….. hiking feet? When you’re at the gym and you’re looking outside at the amazing weather and wondering why you’re on an elliptical machine, it’s...
  • Awesome and Unusual Fitness Classes

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian  Getting fit doesn’t necessarily mean spending countless hours at the gym or in spin class, counting the minutes until you hit your mark so you can go home and watch Netflix. So, if you’re looking for new and...
  • Why You Should Engage in Team Sports

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff You don’t have to make the national soccer team or the NBA to enjoy the many advantages of being part of a sports team. In this article, I’ll list the top 5 reasons why it’s so great to engage in a team sport! ...
  • Yoga and Fat Loss

    Yoga originated in India and is historically said to be at least 5000 years old. It brings about mental, physical and spiritual peace to those who practice it. By definition, the word yoga means to “unite or integrate” oneself to their body and consc...
  • Top Reasons to Start Playing Soccer

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Soccer is a very popular sport all over the world, especially in Europe and South America. Soccer is also one of the oldest sports with the first match dating all the way back to 1004 B.C. in Japan. Over the ye...
  • Flexibility Uncovered

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Definition Flexibility means your body can stretch and utilize its maximum possible movements. These movements are often limited by our joints. For example, your back can bend far forward, but much less far ba...
  • Boxing as a Cardio Workout

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Cardio can become extremely monotonous and routine if you spend hours on the treadmill, stair master or elliptical. If you want to burn a lot of calories and enjoy doing it, give boxing a try. “Boxing is a gre...
  • Quick and Easy Tips to Boost Your Endurance

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Improving your endurance is extremely essential to your health and physical strength. Boosting your cardiovascular health will strengthen your heart muscles and prolong your life expectancy. A good endurance wi...
  • 10 Reasons to Start Pole Fitness Dance Classes

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff. Photo credit: Jilse Rig, Dutch competitive pole dancer.   In the past, strip clubs were associated with a dodgy atmosphere and were situated in the bad part of town. Today things couldn’t be more different! D...
  • Why Swimming is an Excellent Cardio

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Stop running, put your bike in the garage and set your boxing gloves aside! Why you may ask? To go swimming! In this world of never-ending fitness trends, you would almost never consider swimming as a sport or ...
  • Exercise For Seniors

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff As we get older, our strength, endurance and flexibility changes over the course of the years and typically decreases. This can be extremely dangerous as decreased health and fitness will increase the risk of v...
  • Why You Need a Good Sports Bra

    Written by guest author Nynke Burggraaff The reading of this title might make you think ‘right, as if my choice of sportswear will affect my performance’. In this article I’ll explain why in fact it is important to invest in good quality underwear. ...
  • Stretching Myths and Facts

    Written by guest author Nynke Burggraaff Stretching is said to reduce injuries and overall benefit the exercise performance. Is this really true though? In this article I will debunk some myths and state some facts.  What is stretching? The main o...
  • Why You Should Never Ditch Cardio

    by Startlivingright.net – Being active is the greatest gift you can ever give to your body. Here are some top reasons why you should never ditch cardio. Cardiovascular...
  • Cellulite definition, causes and how to get rid of it

    by Startlivingright.net – More on cellulite, their causes, consequences, and how to treat, get rid of them or at least minimize their appearance during occasions. Near...
  • High Intensity Interval Training

    by Startlivingright.net – One of the most popular forms of cardio is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). It helps us burn calories faster and become fit. High int...
  • Common sports injuries

    by Startlivingright.net – Inevitable sports injuries may occur while during and weight exercise or training workout. Know more about their treatments and prevention. S...
  • Why your fat loss may be off to a slow start

    by Startlivingright.net – It is very frustrating not to see and results in our fat loss process. You must make sure you’re practicing cardio and know that it takes time. ...
  • The benefits of fasted cardio

    by Startlivingright.net – Doing a cardio session at the morning, before breakfast, is known as fasted cardio. It helps removing the last bits of body fat. One common t...
  • Myth of the fat burning zone

    by Startlivingright.net – “The fat burning zone is one of the most pervasive myths in the fitness industry that just won’t go away.” Learn more!. One endlessly pervas...
  • Different forms of cardio explained

    by Startlivingright.net – Switching forms of cardio is a great way to break out of a fat loss plateau. Walking or jogging and stair climbing are examples of cardio forms. ...
  • Cardio needed for maximal fat loss

    by Startlivingright.net – Startlivingright.net – The frequency and duration of cardio needed for fat loss differ between beginners and experienced people, and depend on many other factors. ...
  • Does cardio cause loss of muscle mass

    by Startlivingright.net – In order to keep the required muscle mass, the athlete should know which kind of cardio session to choose, depending on his goals. One common...
  • When is the best time of day to do cardio

    by Startlivingright.net – Cardio sessions can vary between morning, fasted cardio and evening sessions. You choose whenever it’s convenient for your daily schedule. Pe...

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

 

 

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. 

 

Awesome and Unusual Fitness Classes

Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian 

Getting fit doesn’t necessarily mean spending countless hours at the gym or in spin class, counting the minutes until you hit your mark so you can go home and watch Netflix. So, if you’re looking for new and fun ways to get your blood pumping, and feet jumping, we’ve compiled a list of the freshest work out classes around the world sure to get you going.

Pound

Former drummers and Co-founders, Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom, fused their passions for fitness and music and created Pound, a full-body cardio workout that uses lightly weighted “drumsticks” called Ripstix. Each class fuses Pilates, isometric movements, and plyometrics with constant simulated drumming to sculpt muscle and torch up to 900 calories in 45 minutes. Also, don’t worry, you don’t have to be a musical genius to get behind these rhythms, they’re fairly simply and set to calibrated songs, so you can easily follow.

To try this class, call Maya's fitness gym in Lebanon on +96176496999

Seen on Screen

Originating in London, Seen on Screen teaches troves of women steps and choreography from their favorite music videos. With specialty classes offering Beyonce, Britney, & Pussycat Doll routines, you’ll make sure to release the inner vixen inside of you, in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Pole Workouts

Another craze taking over the world, especially in women’s fitness, is pole dancing. A pole can provide more than a provocative striptease—experts say pole classes are sweat-inducing, super-effective workouts, with the extra bonus of learning how to show off your curves and flaunt your body. Pole dancing enhances flexibility, tones your body, and builds strength as well as confidence.

Barre + Cardio Fusion Classes

You might have heard of Barre classes, but have you heard of Barre Cardio Fusion classes? This new style of barre is livening up the traditional ballet-inspired workout by adding an extra cardio element. In these barre-cardio fusion classes, you’ll sculpt lean muscle, slim down, and get your heart pumping by moving through high-intensity moves followed by brief moments of active recovery.

Aerial

If you’ve ever been to a Cirque Du Soleil show, and thought about how fun it would be to do those tricks, then aerial classes are for you. The new wave of circus-inspired workouts, from aerial hoop classes to trapeze and even aerial yoga, these classes promise increased flexibility and strength, and are also a great core workout. Definitely something to try with friends.

Animal Flow

If you want to get down and dirty, Animal Flow by Mike Fitch in partnership with Equinox, is for you. The workout taps into your primal instincts to get your body moving in ways you’ve never experienced before. You’ll go through a series of functional bodyweight movements that fuse Parkour, gymnastics, capoeira, acrobatics, and breakdancing, while simultaneously staying low to the ground and engaging multiple muscles at once. But don’t think this is child’s play, this workout will have you dripping sweat on the floor.

Ropes Gone Wild

Any CrossFit-er would recognize weighted ropes, but this is a workout specializing on the “art of undulation,” or creating a wave-like pattern in the rope with your body. You’ll work every muscle, especially your core, improving coordination, while reaping cardiovascular benefits, and increasing metabolic strength. In addition to that, this workout is highly effective and low impact, so it’s safe for anyone from newcomers and injured athletes to decided gym-goers.

 

 

Top Five Hiking Destinations in Lebanon

Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian 

The sun is up, the weather is sweet, it’s time to put on your….. hiking feet?

When you’re at the gym and you’re looking outside at the amazing weather and wondering why you’re on an elliptical machine, it’s time to drop that gym bag and put on your hiking boots instead. Grab some sunscreen and a hat, and drive to one of the below amazing hiking trails in Lebanon.

Baatara Gorge Waterfall

This is probably one of the most instagrammed locations in Lebanon. While traveling from Laklouk to Tannourine, one passes the village of Balaa, and the Three Bridges Chasm (in French Gouffre des Trois Ponts) is a five-minute journey into the valley below where one sees three natural bridges, rising one above the other and overhanging a chasm descending into Mount Lebanon. 

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Shouf Biosphere Reserve

The reserve is one of my favorite places in Lebanon, it’s the personification of a “breathe of fresh air”. Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in the Chouf District of Lebanon, it is located on the slopes of Barouk mountain.

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Adonis Valley

Much like the myth of its namesake, this beautiful valley will enchant you to the point of forgetting how tired you are. The (south) banks of the Ibrahim River between Chouwan and Lassah are ideal for hiking. As desired, you can start and/or end your hike in Chouwan, Ibri (A’abraa), Janneh or Lassah.

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Jezzine

A classic hiking destination, Jezzine is known as the “city of falls” because of its famous waterfall, the Jezzine Falls (40 m high). You can start your hike from the small, picturesque village of Bkassine that has a large and wonderful pine forest covering an area of 1 million square meters, making it the largest pine forest in Lebanon.

Qornet El Sawda

Have you ever wanted to be inside the clouds? Well now you can. Hiking Lebanon’s highest peak is no easy feat, but if you’re all stretched out, and are feeling up for the challenge, it’s a must try.

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Always remember that fitness doesn’t have to be boring, it’s always fun when you mix up your fitness routine with some new adventures.

Why You Should Engage in Team Sports

Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff

You don’t have to make the national soccer team or the NBA to enjoy the many advantages of being part of a sports team. In this article, I’ll list the top 5 reasons why it’s so great to engage in a team sport!

1.    Physical activity

No matter what sport you do, it is always good to move and be active. The same goes for being active as part of a team. Exercise is important for our overall health and mental wellbeing as it reduces stress and gives us more energy.

2.  Experience team spirit

Team spirit is not only important in sports but also as a part of our daily lives. Being part of a team can connect you to individuals who are from different cultures and other walks of life. It is also great to share a common goal and work together as a team to fulfill it. Good team spirit will motivate all teammates during competitions and even offer moral support if you dont win. All these elements of being part of a team are equally useful in your personal and professional life!

3. The socializing factor

Nowadays people can get so absorbed with work, commitments and social media that you’d almost forget to meet your friends in person. One great way to spend time together is by playing sports and rewarding yourself with a nice drink at the sports canteen afterwards. Also people who move to a new place find that the best way to meet new people is by joining a sports association.

4. Team sports are good for your mental health and confidence

Australian research has shown that people who perform sports within a team enjoy a better mental health and life satisfaction than those that exercise alone. Other than that, being part of a team can really boost your confidence when your teammates and praise you when you’re doing a good job for the team.

5. Support factor

We all have those days when we cant be bothered to exercise. It is easy to skip a workout if you train alone and know that others do not depend on you. However, being part of a team gives you the moral obligation to get up and support your teammates who rely on you. Also, your teammates will encourage you to come and support the team even when you’re having a bad day. Next to this, a team member can give you that extra push you need to fully excel in your athletic abilities.

The bottom line

Sports are good for everyone and being part of a team will improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. Being part of a team will help you commit to a sport in the long term. Joining a sports association/team is also a great way to make new friends.