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!
"My sports idol is Cristiano Ronaldo. He showed that hard work beats talent and one must work really hard to achieve what they want."
Part 3: Work Life
Elie's take on balancing work & a healthy lifestyle
In our third feature with Elie we accompanied him on a work meeting at Gefinor-based restaurant, The Beazbee. We discussed being able to balance work life with maintaining a fit lifestyle.
One part that's hard about working a lot is that we end up eating out on a daily basis. That could easily disrupt our healthy eating habits because we simply don't always know what ingredients are in the food. As Elie puts it: "We all get lazy sometimes, we're only human. But one shouldn't think of eating healthy as a diet, it's a lifestyle that one can grow to love. Personally, when I have time I prepare breakfast at home and take a home-cooked meal from for lunch. If I don't, I manage with a light breakfast or a smoothie at the gym and order a healthy lunch meal to the gym."
"My work motivates me because sports is a life changer. Seeing people get in shape, lead a healthier lifestyle, and commit to their own transformation gives me the greatest satisfaction. Doing what you love without succeeding is stagnation, whereas the opposite is growth - and that's what I aim at doing."
"As an anchor in the show #hashtag at MTV I shed light on sports topics including Physiotherapy tips and all up-to-date news regarding sports or nutrition. I never focus on one aspect about sports because I'd rather target a large variation of interests and a wide age range."
"There are many short workouts I demonstrate on TV for people who don't have time to head to the gym. They're usually designed as one exercise that makes all the muscles work at once. The known fact or tip for a healthy lifestyle away from the gym is the kitchen! Keep it clean and organize your eating habits with more veggies and fruits rather than junk and sweets. Keep in mind it's a simple formula: if you intake more than what your metabolic rate can burn per day, you will gain weight on the long run."
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Special thanks to The Beazbee for letting us do this photoshoot there.