Going to the gym used to mean throwing on an oversized cotton shirt and your mother’s ratty sneakers. Thankfully, those days are long gone. In the last few years, workout apparel has become increasingly high-tech, as more thought is put into the apparel and gear that will give you the best workout possible. In Lebanon, we know the importance of staying fit (no, not just for that bikini bod). Staying healthy and in shape is sexier than a pair of stilettos on a Friday night. Here are our Dos and Don’ts on your workout.
1. Do: Think Athleisure!
Athleisure is the newest buzzword in the world of workout gear (athlete + leisure = athleisure, get it?). If you’re serious about your fitness, you know how hard it can be to fit a gym-run into the day. Sometimes that means wearing athletic clothes around all day in the hopes you might squeeze a workout in before dinner. Plus, being gym-ready all day means you’re much more likely to actually keep your date with the treadmill. Athletic clothing is now taking into account that workout gear shouldn’t mean frumpy old shirts. Brands like Nike, Fabletics, Lulu Lemon, and Adidas are increasingly focusing on designing athletic gear that is stylish and fits you well. Adidas is even teaming up with fashion designer Stella McCartney to make a line of gym wear that looks great for the whole day. Now you can rock gym clothes all day long and still meet your friends for an afternoon coffee. Winning.
2. DON’T: Get too caught up in appearances
We all like to look good, but the gym should be a place where you focus on how you feel, not how you look. This is harder than it sounds. It’s tempting to gloss on an extra coat of mascara (Ladies) or sport your Rolex (Gentlemen) before you head into the gym, but leave the superficiality at home. The gym is a place where you can focus on yourself, your health, and your own goals. The name of the game is self-improvement, not self-obsession.
3. DO: Ask for assistance if you need it
Have you ever stared at all those intimidating workout machines, wondering what they could possibly be for? Or tried TRX without a trainer? To avoid injuries and make sure you’re getting the most of your workout, don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. Gym trainers can show you how to properly do your workouts so you don’t end up injuring yourself.
4. DON’T: Compare yourself to others
In our constantly plugged-in world, it’s hard not to get competitive when it comes to working out. We see our besties’ gym selfies or someone killing it in yoga class and immediately start comparing ourselves to them. We get it. It’s hard to resist the urge to measure yourself up to those around you, but remember, gym time is your time. Don’t compare yourself to anyone but yourself. Focus on your improvement and your goals. Maybe you’re new at yoga and can’t quite nail that headstand yet. Give yourself time and be forgiving. You’ll get there eventually if you focus on your health and strength. As we say at #LuckyToBeYoung, ‘You Got What It Takes’, it’s your score that matters. It’s your style and it’s about your lifestyle, not others’.
5. DO: Get outside the gym!
Studies have shown that working outdoors results in increased energy levels and a greater feeling of satisfaction. Who could say no to that? You can feel the benefits of working out outdoors from your very first jog, and Beirut is full of places for outdoor recreating if you know where to look. The corniche is home to plenty of joggers and Beirut by Bike is just around the corner. For the more adventurous, try exploring outside the city’s confines. Lebanon is blessed with some seriously beautiful mountains and if you aren’t taking advantage of them, you’re missing out. Hike, bike, surf, climb, swim…The activity is your choice, just get out there and get started!
6. DON’T: Get bogged down by the scale.
We’ve all been there. Tiptoeing onto the scale to weigh yourself and spending the rest of the week obsessing over that number. It’s tempting to give into this kind of thinking, but numbers on a scale shouldn’t hold power over the way you feel. And remember, muscle weighs more than fat. So if you’re pumping out one workout after another, don’t be surprised to see a jump in the scale. You successfully transformed fat into pure muscle. A job well done!
7. DO: Have fun!
Okay, we know it’s cheesy. But seriously, try to have fun! If you enjoy your workout, you’re far more likely to stick to it and see results. Find a workout that works for you. Don’t like the monotony of a treadmill? Try a fast-paced spin class. Whether it’s jogging outdoors, hitting the elliptical, or joining a sports team, finding a routine that you actually look forward to will keep you motivated to stick to your workouts. And when your workout becomes part of your everyday routine, it becomes as important as brushing your teeth every morning. Don’t let anyone tell you you aren’t an athletic person. Anyone can get strong, fit, and fast if they set their minds to it and keep going at it….In the wise words of Nike, just do it.
Now tell us, do you think working out is a lifestyle? Something we should all do to stay fit and healthy, or do you think it’s a trend in Lebanon and everyone should follow?
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