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. You'll be seeing a few features for each person throughout the upcoming few weeks.
SO! If you too need a little push to get your summer bod on, start nowhere but here.
Summer Lifestyle Goals: Featuring Elie Bou Khalil
Elie is also a personal trainer and physiotherapist at U Energy gym in downtown. Needless to say, Elie is pretty much a reference when it comes to sports, health and maintaining a fit lifestyle.
Elie grew up and lived in Lebanon and is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
His favorite sports are swimming and squash. Squash was a sport that he's been playing since he was a child and successfully at that, as he won a number of competitions. Not that we need any reason to like Elie any further, but he also has a German Shepard (Leo!) who he, and we quote: "loves to bits". Aww!
Part 2: Urban Walks
In our second feature with Elie we accompany him around Hamra street while he gets a few errands done. We wanted to know whether he makes an effort to walk around the city whenever he can. It's definitely one way to help get some fitness into your day, especially if you have a desk job.
Also, if you have a dog like Elie, you should take advantage of those daily walks and try pushing yourself a little further to make a run out out of it (at least a jog!). Elie told us that he does that with Leo all the time but mainly in summer when it's nice and sunny.
"When I worked at GO and U Energy Downtown at the same time I used to walk to Gemmayze rather than take the car. Avoiding traffic helps you live longer in this city and it's a great way of staying active when you have no time to gym."
"Unfortunately I don't have too much time to walk around during the day but I am lucky to work in Downtown - it's a beautiful area and everything is reachable on foot whenever I need to get something done."
"No matter where I go I know comfort is crucial so what I wear varies between sweatpants or jeans, so long as it's some sort of a casual outfit."
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