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Swiss Ball Hamstring Curl


I started a new workout plan a month and a half ago at Healthy Lifestyle, and from the exercises I have in my plan is the Swiss ball hamstring curl.

To begin, I was scared of the ball because of a previous funny incident that I had when I went to the gym with my sister in Germany, I got a big ball to train with and I got stuck on it! Yup, I did!

So it took me a while to get friendly with the ball again, not to mention that this move needs a lot of focus to keep your balance. It was really hard for me at the beginning, but with time I can do 20 of it 🙂

 

How to do it:

  • Lie on your back with a Swiss ball by your feet.
  • Place your heels on the ball and raise your hips so that your body forms a straight line from shoulders to ankles.
  • Brace your core and roll the ball towards you.
  • Squeeze your hams at the top and lower under control

 

Benefits:

This move specifically isolates your hamstrings to maximize muscle exhaustion at the end of the set and improve strength gains. Because the Swiss ball is an unstable surface, your core will also have to work hard to control the movement.

STRONGER STRIDES

Your hamstrings pull your heels back toward your butt, while your glutes extend your legs back. Training both can lengthen your stride and offer more power to every push-off.

BETTER BALANCE

Many hamstring exercises also challenge your stability. The result is a body that can recover quickly when knocked off-balance.

HEALTHIER KNEES

Your anterior-cruciate ligaments (ACLs) rely on your hamstrings to help them stabilize your knees whenever the knees bend while decelerating. Having a strong set of hamstrings can help your ACLs do their job and lower your risk of injury.

 

Are you familiar with this exercise?  

Guest Post: 8 Tips To Stay Healthy During The Holidays


 

Guest post by: Fares Saad Professional Fitness Coach at Healthy Lifestyle

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The holidays are one of the toughest times of year when it comes to your nutrition plan.
We have holiday parties, temptations at the office and who knows what else to deal with.

That being said, you do NOT have to just accept the fact that you are going to pack on the fat during the holidays. I hear a lot of people talking this way and it blows my mind!
They say – “oh I’ll just burn off the calories I ate at the party last night in today’s workout” (nice try – not going to happen) or “there’s nothing I can do … I’ll just start fresh in 2015″ (not true).

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But you can be tougher if you follow these tips

1- Be realistic

Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, instead try to maintain your current weight.

2- Never go with an empty stomach

Never go to a party or for shopping while you’re hungry. This will only cause you to eat more throughout the night. Try to have a small snack before attending so you aren’t ravenous when you arrive.

3- Don’t skip your workouts

Most people have a little extra time available over the holiday season when they are not at work. Take this opportunity to hit the gym and exercise. This will help to burn off the excess calories and fat consumed over this period.

4- Stock up on healthy snacks

When you go shopping, be sure to pick with you some healthy snacks like fresh or dried fruits, sports bars and raw nuts.

5- Eat until you are satisfied

Don’t eat until you’re stuffed. Savor your favorite holiday treats while eating small portions. Sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy.

6- Drink plenty of water

Many people believe that mild dehydration may feel like hunger and the best way to avoid becoming dehydrated to drink plenty of water. You can also use water to slow down your eating by taking a sip or two between bites. Wine and cocktails can be a lot of fun, but they can also cause a lot of problems for your waistline. Have a glass or two of water before you start drinking alcoholic beverages, and have one in between drinks to slow down your alcohol consumption as well.

7- Act like an accountant

If you overeat at one meal go light on the next. It takes 500 calories per day (or 3,500 calories per week) above your normal/maintenance consumption to gain one pound. It is impossible to gain weight from one piece of cheese cake!

8- Be careful with Desserts

There is no one that will tell you to give up desserts at holidays.  Desserts are a huge part of what make the season so amazing.  But consuming too much of anything is a bad thing. First of all, if you know you’re going to be parked at the dessert table, modify the rest of your menu.  Load up on the lighter foods like your grilled vegetables, and salads.

 

To check the original post go here, and make sure to always check Healthy Lifestyle’s blog where you can find interesting tips about fitness and health!

ELECTROFIT WITH TRAINSTATION – ROUND 2


I was invited last week to the second round of #Electrofit full body workout session with Trainstation, that was also held at White Beirut.

If you haven’t seen my oldest post, you can check it out here.

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The full body workout session was presented by Hiba, Nahy,Thomas and Georges on the beats of 3lias (Dj. Stamina). All proceeds of the event went to Meeda (NGO that supports and raises awareness around eating disorders).

The event was crowded as last time, the one hour and a half of workout was so intense but people were enjoying and pushing themselves further.

It’s a great initiative by Trainstation, and I hope there will be more of these sessions to raise more awareness about healthy lifestyle 🙂

Stay Fit everyone!

Mighty Broccoli!


I have been trying to be as healthy as I can be lately, to reach the fitness level I always dreamt of. But working out seriously at the gym isn’t enough, controlling what I eat was a necessity. By that, I mean eating more nutritious food, that would keep me full for a longer time and with fewer calories.

One of the vegetables I have been advised to add to my meals was the Mighty Broccoli!

Though low in calories, broccoli is among the most nutrient-dense foods. Broccoli is a fantastic source of vitamins C, K and A, as well as fiber and folic acid. It’s a very good source of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamins E and B6. In addition, it contains glucosinolates, phyto-chemicals with powerful anticancer properties.

 

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But how can Broccoli contribute to weight loss?

As long as you don’t cover it with cheese sauce, the nutritious vegetable broccoli can be part of your weight-loss repertoire. You simply can’t get a bigger dose of more nutrients from any other vegetable, especially for so few calories. That’s key for those who are trying to lose weight. You want to meet nutrient needs while eating within your plan.

Adding more broccoli to your diet will help you with weight loss because it, like most vegetables, is a low-calorie food that can help you fill up quickly, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Broccoli is also high in the vitamin C our bodies need to effectively absorb the calcium we eat. And studies indicate that calcium aids in weight loss. Plus, broccoli also has phytochemicals that boost immunity and protect against disease, all while being very low in calories!

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Broccoli‘s high fiber levels and water content add volume to your meal without adding empty calories, so you can eat, not be hungry and still lose weight. It’s also an easy low-calorie snack. The key, however, is that you substitute broccoli for foods you usually eat, not simply add broccoli to your diet.

 

Ideas for adding broccoli to your meals

Broccoli maintains its nutrients best when it’s steamed or raw, but it also maintains a good portion of those nutrients if you stir-fry it over low heat.

You can have it with your protein chicken or with your pasta to give energy to your body before going to training.

 

 

Are you fan of broccoli?

How many times per week do you add it to your meals?

Would love to hear your stories 🙂

 

ELECTROFIT WITH TRAINSTATION


 

A while ago, I was invited to attend the #electrofit full body workout session with Trainstation, that was held at White Beirut.

If you didn’t see my previous post about Trainstation, the uniquely designed wellness and fitness studio, go here.

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The event was in collaboration with Juice up and part of the proceeds went to Meeda.

For the first time in Lebanon, the Trainstation trainers provided a full body workout session to the sounds of the best house tunes with DJ Stamina.

I loved the idea of the session, wearing sports wear to White!

 

 

About MEEDA

MEEDA is the first non-profit association dedicated to raising awareness, providing support and guidance to all people in the community that are suffering from any kind of eating disorder in Lebanon and the region.

HPE Clothing launch with Trainstation


 

I was invited a while ago to the HPE Clothing launching event by Trainstation, that was held at ABC Achrafieh.

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Trainstation, the uniquely designed wellness and fitness studio launched for the first time in Lebanon HPE Clothing (human performance engineering ®), one of the UK’s most exciting new high performance, sport fashion brand for men and women. A thrilling launch event, attended by Nick Harris, founder of HPE.

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and included a series of energetic demonstrations by the Trainstation team. 

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Featured in Vogue and described by British GQ as ‘Super-human sportswear’, HPE‘s  innovative and luxury range of athletic apparel combines stylish designs, detailed tailoring and total comfort with advanced yarn technology engineered to increase performance and withstand the demands of intensive training.

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I didn’t try the brand yet, but you could feel that the texture is so light, and available in different colorful styles.

Train well healthy people!

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