With daylight savings back, the sun is setting later and beautiful beach days are just up ahead. We're not sure about you, but we need some motivation to get our fit summer lifestyle back on track.
We got in touch with 3 real people in Beirut who've got their lifestyles in check all year round. They granted us the pleasure of tailing them for a day around their regular activities to see how they go about their routine: from working out, to eating meals, to walking their dogs and work meetings, and even to having a couple of drinks.
SO! If you too need a little push to get your summer bod on, start nowhere but here.
Summer Lifestyle Goals: Featuring Lindsey Akelian
Lindsey Akelian is a true sports lover who left local station MTV where she was working as a producer for 6 years, to pursue her love for sports.
She describes it perfectly: "I just woke up one day and decided to shift to sports. Production is cool but it was never my passion. Whereas sports, I’ve always loved. Sports was never an obligation nor an hour to kill in order to stay in shape, it was more of a basic need to keep me going through my day. I feel the need to workout everyday."
Lindsey was born in Los Angeles, California but was raised and brought up here in Lebanon and definitely considers it her hometown. She speaks 4 languages: English, Arabic, French and Armenian - although she can't say she speaks Armenian fluently, but she does understand it perfectly. Lindsey's favorite sport is any kind of outdoor activity such as hiking, cycling, running or CrossFit.
Part 3: Happy Hour Drinks
"So here’s the thing, I am all about enjoying life and living it fully, so if heading out for drinks on the weekends is what you feel like doing than you do that, drink up, feel good but compensate by working out at least 3 to 4 times during the week."
"I wouldn’t want anyone not to enjoy the small pleasures of life, I am all about being in the moment and enjoying fully - but do it reasonably. Work out during the week and allow yourself a fun night out on the weekend. I, for instance, only drink on the weekend."
"In terms of how many drinks I have, it depends on the mood and vibe honestly, and not on the amount of calories in my drink because I know for a fact that I will wake up the next day, head for a run, sweat it all off and get rid of all the toxins in my body. I am a fan of tequila. Tequila tequila all the way - and it turns out that tequila has less amount of calories than other drinks, so more tequila for me!"
"I believe in cheat days. I believe that you should shock your body from time to time. One cheat day per week would do. What do I usually eat? Well if you want to cheat, do it with maximum enjoyment, right?! You know the rest :))"
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BHV's Urban Lifestyle Concept
Join the latest trend by opting from a wide selection of separates to compliment your healthy routine, everything from a comfy hoodie to a sexy sports bra. If you’re hitting the gym early morning, suit up in one of Juicy Couture’s matching bra and leggings. If you’re attending yoga class right after work, balance off your logo RAD bralette with an off-the-shoulder, work-inspired shirt from Cop Copine.
On the other hand, if you’re aiming to show off those abs you’ve been working hard on, don’t shy away from CK’s “it” bralette paired under a blazer and track pants. And if you’re running errands on a Saturday morning – which we assume is the case for most of you – there’s nothing more practical than slipping into an EA7 tracksuit or a pair of jeans and tee from Cheap Monday or Hero Seven. There are plenty of ways to nail this trend, and we’re here to help guide you through it.
Special thanks to Floyd the Dog for letting us do our photo shoot there.