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  • Fitness Myths Busted

    by – When you are stressed you usually go for emotional eating. The problem is that junk food will make you feel worse than you already do Written by guest author Tala...
  • 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 ...
  • Three Things You Can Do at Home to Reduce Chronic Pain

    Written by guest author Jackie Waters   Living with chronic pain means that every little thing becomes more difficult. Between pain flare-ups and dips in energy, it can be challenging to keep up with the demands of everyday life. And for many chron...
  • Get your dream body at Start Living Right Gym

    Written by guest author Talar Demirdjian At Start Living Right, our fitness gym in Lebanon, we believe that better fitness should be within reach for everyone in the country. So, we’ve created an environment that’s friendly, supportive and motivati...
  • How to Stay Motivated And Reach Your Goals

    One of the main reasons why people never reach their fitness goals is because they give up too easily and stop following their diet or exercise programs. It is very easy to lose motivation and quickly return back to old lifestyle habits.  Here are a ...
  • How to Keep Active While You Are at Work

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Sometimes you are just so busy that it can be really difficult to fit in some time to go to the gym. For example, your boss wants you stay late, your mother expects you to help her out with some chores, you mig...
  • How to Choose a Suitable Gym

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Are you looking to join a gym and start your new healthy lifestyle? Below are some tips to guide you and help you narrow down your search. Proximity The first step is look for a gym that is near your home or ...
  • How to Feel More Energized

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff Are you one of those people that gets tried quite easily? Perhaps there’s no apparent reason why your energy levels are low. Don’t worry, you can easily feel reenergized! Just follow the below tips that can boo...
  • Train Your Mind to Think Positively

    Written by guest author N.P.Burggraaff It can be extremely difficult to stick to your goals, especially if they are challenging and require a lot of dedication. Here are some tips to help you stick through till the end! Think positivity The first ...
  • Overcome Your Fear of Going to the Gym

    Have you ever felt shy or embarrassed to join a gym? Perhaps you are already a member of a gym but don’t have the courage to go. Many beginners feel ashamed of their bodies or intimidated by the regulars who are much fitter than them. Here are some t...
  • Overcome your excuses

    by – No excuses allowed for not going to the gym. You will get to love exercising, you can be fit if you want, and there is always time for gym. T...
  • Motivate Yourself To Go To The Gym

    by – We offer you many tips to keep your motivation to go to the gym and spend time on exercising and hard beneficial workouts.     Many people pursuing a fitness goal in Lebanon find it extremely difficult to stay moti...
  • How To Track Your Fat Loss

    by – Track your fat loss progress by applying body fat testing. Never obsess with your weight on the scale as a means of your progress.   When we...
  • Maintain Your Weight

    by – Once you reached your target weight, the next mission to accomplish is to Maintain Your Weight. Take a look and those tips and habits. ...
  • How to Make the Most of Yourself

    by – You are fully responsible for making the most out of what nature has given you. Keep a healthy lifestyle and keep exercising. When it comes...
  • Tips To Stay Motivated

    by – In order to keep you motivation, never compare yourself to anyone, accept failure and know that it isn’t easy and it takes time.     When it comes to staying positive and consistently focused on achieving your goal...
  • Transform your Body Image

    by Transform your Body Image by believing in yourself and sticking to your fitness program and your gym training sessions. Are you someone who frequently starts a ne...
  • What to do when you Accomplish a Goal

    by – When you finally accomplish a certain goal, reward yourself. Treat yourself, appreciate the results and inspire and keep challenging yourself. ...
  • Body Transformation Program

    by – Getting started on a Body Transformation Program will require you create a meals plan, cook in bulk and exercise.     When it comes to successfully adhering to your body transformation program, it is essential to p...
  • Healthy Lifestyle

    by – In order to commit to a healthy lifestyle, one should overcome the peer pressure, the emotional attachment and the bad unhealthy habits. When...
  • How To Set Clear Goals

    by – Set clear goals for your journey. What do you want? Why do you want it and what will you do to get it? Commit and be specific.     When it comes to successful body transformation programs, setting clear and specifi...
  • Body Types and Frames

    by Before setting goals and plans, you should understand your body’s genetic type and frame to know exactly what to eat and what to exercise.  When it comes to burni...
  • A Suitable Diet & Training Program

    by – When choosing a suitable diet and training program, be logic. Do not put a program that is too good to be true for the long term.     When it comes to choosing an appropriate fat loss or muscle gaining program, it ...
  • Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

    by – Healthy lifestyle has got more than one benefit. Self-confidence, happiness, improved social relationships and mental health are few of them. ...
  • Getting rid of Cravings

    by – Craving are temptations that try to make you cheat on your diet. Get rid of them and do never consider it as a sacrifice One of the biggest ...
  • Fat Loss Plateau

    by – When sure you are in a fat loss plateau, break it off by increasing the duration, intensity and frequency of your cardio workouts. When it co...
  • Beat Emotional Eating

    by – When you are stressed you usually go for emotional eating. The problem is that junk food will make you feel worse than you already do One...

Overcome all your excuses


Train your mind to negate all the excuses that might otherwise keep you from getting the body you want.

“I don’t have time to exercise”

We are ALL busy and everyone has the same number of hours in the day. Some people make time to exercise - others don’t. It’s all about priorities and deciding what matters to you. If you start seeing exercise and good health as a priority then you’ll make the time for it, even if it means waking up earlier each morning, exercising at the weekend or saying no to social outings. Once you’re willing to put in the hard work it takes to get your dream body, everything else will fall into place.

“I’ll always be fat. I have bad genes”

We all have different genes and some of us might have to work harder than others to get the body we want, but this will create a level of inner strength and determination that others don’t have. Having poor genes is not an excuse to remain overweight or to follow a poor diet. Get going and make the most of what Mother Nature has given you. A popular bodybuilder once said: “the harder I train and the stricter I diet, the better my genes appear.”  Make the mostout of yourself or click here to learn more about your genetic body type . 

 “I hate exercise”

Next time you catch yourself thinking that, tell yourself: “I am willing to endure the temporary pain of exercise in order to gain a lifetime of physical and mental strength.” If you incorporate it into your daily routine and establish it as a habit, the chances are you’ll hate skipping a workout instead. Once you start building physical strength, you'll start enjoying it. If you commit and start improving your body, you won't hate exercise. You'll start feeling addicted and will NEED it! 

“I’m too tired and don’t have the energy”

Once you start exercising, your strength and energy will start to increase week by week. If you want to have MORE energy in your life, you SHOULD start exercising. Just remind yourself of how good you’ll feel when your workout is over.Exercise will improve your life and give you more energy to be more active and achieve even more goals. 

“I don’t have the will or the desire”

Do you really want to miss out on achieving the body of your dreams? If you put in some hard work and make a commitment for at least a couple of months, your body will completely transform, and you can be half the size you are today. You’ll also see new changes in your body on a WEEKLY basis. Aspire to become a role model to others and be the best version of yourself that you can be.

This quote by Socrates pretty much summarizes it: 

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and you might just change your mind!


“I don’t have time to cook”

Many bodybuilders and fitness models cook just once a week in bulk, preparing their meals for the week ahead in advance. This means you only need to dedicate one afternoon per week to cooking healthy meals, then freeze them. Even if you choose to order in, you can always choose grilled chicken breast instead of burgers or a pizza.

“My body is addicted to junk food. I can never eat healthily”

Take it from someone who lived on junk food that you CAN transform and learn to like healthy food. It only takes three weeks to establish new habits, so follow your plan for the first few weeks and it’ll quickly become simple and routine. Healthy food makes you feel good, happy and active. Junk food makes you feel lethargic, overweight and lazy. Finally, remember that healthy food is the fuel your body is really craving.

“I’m too embarrassed to go to the gym. I look awful”

Everyone who goes to the gym does it to exercise, and nobody judges others. On the contrary, people ADMIRE those who have the commitment to go to the gym. If anyone judges you for the way you look, it says more about THEM and their insecurities than it ever will about you. Besides, the sooner you hit the gym, the sooner you’ll be saying “I look awesome!” instead of “I look awful.” People who judge others nearly ALWAYS have a problem with themselves. Remember this old saying: "A lion does not lose sleep over the opinion of sheep."

“I can’t afford gym memberships or personal training sessions”

It’s easy to find ways to exercise for free, whether it’s jogging outdoors, performing jail workouts at home (exercising using your body weight) or buying home workout DVDs. These options are cheaper than all the gimmick supplements, machines and pills that claim to make you thin, and they’ll make you look better too. You can always follow the workout programs posted on the weight training page and will not even need to use a personal trainer!

“I have muscle/joint injuries. I can’t work out”

There are plenty of exercises you can perform that won’t put undue strain on your injured muscles or joints. On the contrary, lifting weights increases muscle strength, which protects your joints from injury. Swimming is also a great form of exercise that doesn’t put any pressure on injured muscles or joints. Learn more about common sports injuries here.




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2014-07-14 19:39
hello i"m 38 mother of 3kids. Mother of 7year old twin Girls and a 3yrs old boy. I have exercised my entire life but lately I get dead tired after work outs and I can't do half the things I used to plus I spend the rest of my day tired and aching. Ineed superpower pills please.
2013-08-05 11:17
Thanks for your prompt reply! The dvd's are definitely a good alternative. As far as the shin splint, can't wait to read youre article.
Maya Nassar
2013-08-04 11:14
Hi Olivia!
I know that some gym memberships can be very expensive. However, not all gyms are $150 a month in Beirut! There are lots of more affordable ones that charge as little as LL50,000 which I would be happy to recommend to you. If spending money on a gym is not an option, I would recommend buying some workout DVDs which you can do at home. There are some excellent DVDs available in the market which will transform your body in a couple of months if followed with a flawless diet. Let me know your current fitness level (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and I can suggest some DVDs that would be suitable for you to purchase. I would also recommend joining an affordable gym if your budget allows it as there are SO many benefits when you lift weights. You will see that nothing else will transform your body faster and allow you to eat more just to maintain your weight. As for your shin splints, give your body some time to rest and recuperate and it will only be a matter of time before you can start jogging again. I’m going to be posting in article in a few days about common sports injuries and will share the link with your via your private email!
2013-08-04 10:55
Maya, some of the gyms in Beirut are like 150 USD a month, it's so expensive to get in shape!! I can't jog cause I have bad shin splint. Do you have any advice on how to get in shape in an affordable way? Great website!!
Maya Nassar
2013-08-01 11:08
I know it seems hard at first, but all it takes is the discipline of dedicating several hours towards exercise each week. This might involve giving up some leisure time or fitting in exercise on weekends. It is all totally worth it! One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is health and fitness. Not forgetting to mention your new body and confidence! To answer your question: yes, wake up early to exercise or whenever you can find time. You might feel exhausted now, but you’ll soon notice that your energy levels will start to increase once you start working out and your body becomes stronger. In fact, you’ll notice yourself getting stronger on a weekly basis; not just in the gym, but in every aspect of your life too. Exercise builds a stronger body AND a stronger mind. If you already feel like you are overly busy, exercising each week will help alleviate stress levels and make you feel happier. In summary: set your alarm, roll out of bed and begin. THAT is how you can make a start. Just do it! You will see that it will change your life and make those early mornings worth waking up for.
Yoka Nassar
2013-07-30 10:53
Maya, I really do not have time. Should I wake up at 6 am and start exercising at that hour? And I do feel exhausted at the end of the day... How can I make a start?

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