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Monday, August 8, 2011

Some people do not enjoy exercising, are you one of them? 

It is a solid ritual: my friends have to play long rounds of football every Tuesday and Saturday afternoon. They enjoy every aspect of the sport.  Some people do not seem to feel motivated to try any type of exercise no matter what. For this i have provided some guidelines you can follow that will surely have you striving for a workout.

Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Do you have a motivated partner? We all know how we get after a whole day of work. Do you want to get rid of the extra weight? Do you desperately need to tone up? How do we feel motivated? The secret is to find commonality with other people. People, if they are driven, usually motivate each other to workout. Does your friend want to exercise? Well, this is your chance to call your friend and start your workout now.  When committing to another person, you will feel obligated to start, and once you start the rest is easy.

2. Do you have the right shoes? Walking shoes are different than running shoes. Football shoes are different than cycling shoes. Basketball shoes are different than all previous shoes.

"The biggest mistake people make when they start running, jogging, or doing  any exercise program, is just reaching into the closet and pulling out an old  pair of sneakers,” says Tracie Rodgers, PhD, an exercise psychologist.

To choose the cross-trainer best for you, please look for:
- A firm heel
- Ideal support (you shouldn’t be able to bend the shoe too easily)
- Lightweight (you don’t want to add a lot of kilograms to your feet)
- Do you have an arch?

Another feature to consider is: How old are your shoes? If you work out once  in a while, you should replace your shoes every year, otherwise you should  replace your shoes every six months.

3. Do you have the right outfit? If no, update your wardrobe: Most people get dramatically motivated once they shop for the perfect workout outfits. Most brands are focusing on style, comfort, breathability etc. Find a great outfit and find yourself enthusiastic enough to use your gym membership. 

4. Do you enjoy dancing? Dancing is a wholesome activity that can be a sensational cardiovascular workout for people who enjoy dancing.  If you want to dance, finding a dance school near you is easy, especially in Beirut, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Many local dance instructors adopt new genres. Did you hear about Zumba dancing? It is the new fitness craze that fuses both Latin and International music providing and effective vigorous cardio workout.

5. Do you like music? Listen to your favorite music. Do you get bored after you have been walking on the treadmill for 10 minutes?

Organize your music.
a) Design a playlist: If you have several sports activities, divide your music accordingly.
b) Name and time your playlist: name your playlists and time sequence according to each activity example: “Jogging Playlist” 30 minutes “Cooling off Playlist,” for 2 minutes “Sprint Playlist ” 10 minutes etc.

6. Are you a morning or evening person? According to research on lung function, body rhythms, temperature, and hormone levels, the optimal energy to exercise is during 6 p.m. If you are a morning person, then workout in the morning but body temperature will be at its lowest; therefore, you may be prone to injuries.

7. Do you enjoy competitive activities?  Try outdoor games such as football, Basketball, or even indoors squash.

8. Do you keep a diary of your workout? Research has shown that people are motivated by keeping an offline or online journal of their workout goals. Applications are available on websites, iPhone/iPad, Blackberry, even Google Chrome. Try: Fit Day application or MyNetDiary.

9. Do you pair your activities? Do you need to finish your book? Try biking as you finish your reading at the gym. 
When was the last time your family came from out of town? Organize a team activity such as hiking, a double round of tennis or rugby.

 Shirley Gerges

Posted By Ideas Group at
09:44 - AM
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summer in its midst with its intolerable heat and various events such as outings, parties, weddings, and holidays that involve food and drinks, make this time of the year an excess in relaxation time which aches our bodies, kills our mood and affects our health. Meanwhile going to the gym or doing any kind of exercise is like serving a hard labor sentence.


In order to show you that exercise is no longer an option but a necessity that should become a lifestyle, we have compiled 5 reasons to motivate you to turn exercise into a habit:

1- Exercise is a magical cure to stress
According to the Mayo Clinic: Exercise pumps your Endorphins  (your brain feels good neurotransmitters)  thus encouraging a more positive attitude, improving your mood and affecting your relationships in a favorable way.

2- Exercise boosts your energy and cures your illnesses
In a recent study published by in “The Psychological Bulletin” researchers have analyzed  70 studies on 6,800 people to find out that regular exercise not only boosts energy levels in perfectly fit people, but also helps people with chronic diseases (Cancer diabetes and heart-diseases) control their energy levels way better than medication and stimulants.

3- Exercise lets you age slower
When you get old, you lose muscles and bones; thus are more prone to inflammations and immunity deficiency. Exercise strengthens both bones and muscles and thus make you resist any aging symptoms by increasing your immunity levels. Another important fact is that exercise helps you preserve a younger skin; “By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin," says dermatologist Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman's Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy.

4- Exercise boosts your self confidence
According to studies by the National Academy of sports medicine, exercise can boost your confidence by not only making you feel good about your physique and health, but by also helping you have a sense of achievement. Each physical exercise or task becomes a triumph, and in turn each triumph transforms into more self confidence.

5- Exercise improves your sleep
One of the recent studies at the “Federal University of Sao Paolo” that examined 36 people who had chronic insomnia found that exercise has a radical impact on sleep. The reasons are that exercise produces a drastic change in body temperatures which helps relax the muscle and fall asleep. The study also found that when people exercise, they tend to use their leg muscle vigorously, which acts as a tranquilizer, in addition to normalizing the stress hormones, thus putting people to sleep.

Stay tuned to read our next blog on what can you do to make your exercise more enjoyable.

Camil el Khoury

Posted By Ideas Group at
07:58 - AM
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