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 3 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 Ruby Mikhael
Ruby Mikhael is our very first summer lifestyle inspiration for you. You might already know her if you follow her on Instagram (@rubymikhael), but here are a few things you might not know.
Ruby is Lebanese-born but grew up in Iraq, moving to Beirut after the war. She fluently speaks English, Arabic and French.
She's currently working hard to get her International Sports Sciences Association certificate so she can start giving personal and lifestyle training (#yas).
When Ruby is not working out, or working, she takes Aibak for urban walks around the city. Aibak being that beautiful male doberman.
Part 3: Urban Walks
Beirut can be such an exciting city with hidden neighborhood gems. The best way to discover them is to dedicate some time to walk whenever possible. It's a great way of getting some movement in to maintain a summer fit lifestyle.
We went along with Ruby as she walked Aibak in Mar Mikhael and we talked to her about her moto in life. As a beautiful end to our last feature, Ruby said "Happiness is a choice". We totally agree Ruby.
Raghunter: Where do you walk your dog?
Ruby: "I walk Aibak mainly around Mar Mikhael and the Biel waterfront."
Raghunter: When you get dressed any given weekday, what's the most important factor for you?
Ruby: "Being comfortable because I move around a lot everyday."
Raghunter: What's your ideal outfit when you are looking to run an errand?
Ruby: "It's definitely sports clothes."
Raghunter: Do you ever walk in Beirut to get things done?
Ruby: "I try to yes, walking short distances is way better than getting stuck in traffic."
Delicious & Healthy Dish Choices around Mar Mikhael
Here are some yummy dishes that we've personally tried and recommend for the next time you're in Mar Mikhael and are looking for food on the more healthy side.
1 // Acoté:
2 // Bar Tartine:
3 // The Food Dealer
(All Pics taken from Zomato)
Get Ruby's Outfit
Ruby's full gym outfit (not including shoes) is from BHV's Urban Lifestyle concept, where athleisure meets street wear for both women and men. It's available for you to shop right now at BHV Citymall in Dora.
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.
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