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. Maintaining a good physique is important, but the reason behind that basic need is the kick I get out of it, it’s more of a mental thing."
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.
"I like to be outdoor and sweat it all out. I personally find it very refreshing."
Part 1: Morning Gym
In our first feature with Lindsey, she takes us with her to the gym and gives us some tips and info about her workout routine and habits.
Lindsey's Gym Routine: Breakfast, Habits & Tips
"A typical day for me is waking up at 6 am, having proper breakfast and hitting the road to start my day of training."
"Breakfast to me is the most important meal of the day. Everyday I have something different but mostly it's either toasted brown bread with peanut butter and banana on top (not to forget Chia seeds), yogurt with oats, or avocado toast with eggs and salmon. I always try to throw some fruits in there as well."
"I give P.T. sessions all day, everyday, along with two classes (one in the morning and one in the afternoon). I currently give classes in three different places and areas, Dancity (Bayada), Mama Urth (Elissar) and Trainstation (Ashrafieh). I take a break from 2pm to 5pm, because no one usually works out during those hours. My day ends at 9pm and this is when I take on my last client. I then make the effort to keep going, meet up some friends or maybe head out for dinner in order to maintain my social life."
"I workout 5 times per week, mostly twice everyday and manage to do some kind of outdoor activity in the weekend. My workout routine doesn’t consist of going to the gym. I abide by a different theory - I'm personally more about using the bodyweight or maybe just couple of dumbbells for a full body workout. I strongly believe in that kind of workout to shape and tone the body. Basically my hour of training could be summed up as such: calorie-burning and body-shaping."
"What’s important in sports clothes for me is definitely comfort. I'm all about comfort whether it comes to my sports or casual clothes. Even when it comes to my work outfit, I seek comfort and only comfort. I want to be able to move around easily and be fully focused on my task, and the only way to do that is to be comfortable in your own skin, at least that's what I believe in."
"I love all kinds of sports. I'm the type who would be the first to jump in whenever and wherever - whether it's volleyball, hiking, cycling, or anything at all really. I love dancing too and it was a big part of my life as I did hip-hop for 10 years."
"I always have spare sneakers in my car, you never know when you’ll be up and running. Knowing myself and how much I'm obsessed with sports, I could be having a simple gathering with friends for instance and then feel the need to work out and blow off some steam. I loved BHV’s Urban collection and the clothes options and would definitely go and shop there again!"
Get Lindsey's Outfit
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: Achrafieh 4748 for letting us take over their gym for the photo shoot.