I enjoy training at the gym because I see my friends and we empower each other, but during the weekend and the days that I don’t hit the gym I like to enjoy nature, see different landscapes, enjoy fresh air….
Outdoor exercising, also called “Green Exercise”, can be as simple as walking outside, to bicycle riding, hiking, rope skipping, running… It is effective, it can be more fun and has appealing advantages:
1- Fresh air
Outdoor training brings you fresh air, it is revitalizing and energizing. When exercising outdoors, you will improve your sense of well-being , increase alertness, you will sense decreased anxiety and lower resting heart rate.
Sunlight gives our bodies a much-needed dose of vitamin D, a ‘superstar’ nutrient which helps promote the absorption of calcium and provides strength to bones.
3- Mental Stimulation
When exercising outdoor your mind becomes more aware of the changing terrain, your mind has to focus differently than at the gym.
4- Tone your whole body
During your outdoor training, you get off your routine and face different terrain, which will make different muscles work and lead to physical benefits.
5- Psychological Benefits
Studies show that when training outside, people are more enthusiastic, they show higher self-esteem, lower tension and depression levels.
Fresh air and increased oxygen helps release the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin, meaning your outdoor training sessions not only help keep you fit and healthy, they put you in a fantastic mood too.
And not much time is required to reap these psychological benefit, the first five minutes of green exercise show the greatest psychological benefit.
To help you get started with outdoor training, wake up early when it’s still not too hot, your energy is higher and the air is generally clean.
And don’t forget to drink enough water, you don’t want to get dehydrated!
I attended a huge event to celebrate the rebirth of a historic car: Datsun
The event was held at The Legend , Nahr El Kalb without revealing the name of the brand, once there the rebirth of the Datsun was revealed with a presentation on the history of the brand and the new models, followed by a dinner and catchy light animation.
History of Datsun
Datsun originated in Japan as DAT-GO (the DAT-car) almost a century ago in 1914. The word DAT means ‘lightning-fast’ in Japanese but is also a reference to the first letters of family names of the three financiers who supported the business at the time: Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi. Using the same logic, it was promoted as Durable, Attractive and Trustworthy, or DAT for short.
In 1933, Nissan’s founding father Yoshisuke Aikawa took over the business with a vision of “mobility for all”. The introduction of a lightweight, economical yet resilient car to meet the aspirations of young Japanese people in the early 1930s was named the ‘son of DAT’ – Datson – which later changed to Datsun. Local engineering and mass-production made the founder’s dream a reality.
Now Datsun is returning to Lebanon to grab the attention of a new generation with two models, the on-DO and mi-DO, built with integrity, and which feature modern design and quality materials inside and out.
Competitively priced, the two new Datsun models appeal to different consumer segments, with on-DO aimed at buyers with family needs, while the mi-DO targets younger motorists seeking fun, dynamic and dependable transport.
Both models make owning a new car an attainable reality for a significant portion of first-time auto buyers.
I attended a while a ago, with fellow bloggers, a cook-off with Yaduna WHHC in Kitchen Lab, Gemmayze, to shed the light on the relation between nutrition and heart health.
Yaduna WHHC is a medical center founded by our former First Lady, Mrs. Wafaa Sleiman. It is dedicated for screening and preventing heart disease, the number 1 killer disease of women. The NGO’s mission is to continuously improve the lives of thousands of women by encouraging them to lead healthier lifestyles.
As we all know, one of the main pillars for preventing heart disease is nutrition, so we were invited to learn with a renowned cook how to prepare recipes filled with good for the heart fresh ingredients.
After being divided into two groups, we started preparing the starters that was a fresh salad bowl, then we prepared two types of main dish, fish and chicken and a light dessert.
After the meals were ready, we all gathered and tasted the food together .
It was a great experience, thank you Yaduna Foundation for this event and for the awareness initiatives.
I’ve been getting a lot of compliments about my hair lately. Girls loving my natural wavy style , I’m in love with my hair too, it has been long time I didn’t grow it to reach this length and now i’m determined not to cut it.
My hair care routine is very simple. Lately, I haven’t been to the hairdresser unless to trim it around each 6 months , very few blow dries, I don’t use multiple products and I don’t dye my hair.
My hair was a bit drained and dehydrated lately, a bit difficult to comb, that is because I wash it a lot because I go frequently to the gym, harsh sun rays, dry air…
Until I discovered Sebamed‘s wondrous hair care products: The Anti-Dry Revitalizing Shampoo and the Hair Repair Conditioner for all hair types.
Sebamed Anti-Dry Revitalizing Shampoo
The organic sourced active ingredient complex in Sebamed Anti-Dry Revitalizing Shampoo effectively nourishes the skin and hair, boosting hydration by 26% within a 3 week period.
It’s 100% soap and alkali free, contains active wheat germ complex of proteins and amino acids, cleanses without irritation, relieves scalp tension, itchiness and scaling, also contains pea protein combined with soy protein and sugar seed smooth and regenerates the structure of the hair, leaving it with a healthy shine.
As i’m a fitness addict, even my shampoo contains Protein 😉
Sebamed Hair Repair Conditioner
With active plant extracts, it penetrates the hair shaft restoring its structure and elasticity. It stabilizes the hair structure with its PH 5.5, moisturizes and revitalizes dull and lifeless hair, leaves your hair soft and silky, easy to comb and style.
I used to wash my hair at least three times a week, it didn’t look fresh after the second day, but with Sebamed‘s products, my hair is refreshed, easy to comb, shiny and beautiful!
Tripoli, the largest city in northern Lebanon , was busy last Saturday by receiving a group of 45 media representatives to rediscover the beautiful city.
We gathered in Down Town and took the pullman to Tripoli, where representatives from جمعية الأسواق القديمة في طرابلس were waiting for us and took us for a one of a kind tour.
At Tall Square, historical place in the heart of Tripoli we gathered and tasted the famous Kaake with cheese.
Famous for its Ottoman Clock Tower, its public Garden, Nawfal Place and many Ottoman and Colonial buildings, the Clock Tower is one of the most popular monuments in Tripoli. It has been constructed in 1901-1902 by the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid as a gift to the city of Tripoli…. The Clock tower has undergone a complete renovation recently in 1995 with fund from the Turkish government and the clock is now operational. It’s a stony construction made of 5 floors. “Al Manshieh” which is one of the oldest parks in Tripoli, is located next to The clock tower and is a very popular attraction.
After a walk through old souks, we reached the Mansouri Great Mosque, also known simply as The Great Mosque of Tripoli, is considered as the largest mosque of Tripoli. It was built in the Mamluk period, from 1294 to 1314, around the remains of a Crusader Church of St. Mary.
Afterwards we went to enjoy a delicious traditional breakfast at Akra. Fresh Bread, Foul, Hommos, and Balila were on the menu
After breakfast we went to check the old souks of Tripoli
Souk El Arid, Souk El Nahasin, Souk El Dehab, Khan El Saboun, Hamam Ezzedine, Citadel of St. Giles…
We tasted traditional sweets and food, like the Halewit El Chmayse, Jazariyeh, the Moghrabiyeh and the Ma3jou2a.
What a better way to end the day, than a boat tour to check the 11 different islands in Tripoli (Including 3 protected islands).
Thank you Tripoli for your hospitality, it was a fabulous day !
Summer is here and Lebanon is known for it’s vibrant nightlife. A lot of places opened recently, others got new items on their menu…
This is my list of the top 10 places to visit this summer, I’m gonna start by sharing my favorite places in Brumana, because it’s my hometown. It has been long time that our beautiful village has been dormant, but this summer it’s something else and i’m so happy that life got back here.
1- Printania Villa
The Villa is one the newest places in Brumana, it gathers several restaurants and pubs, among them: Blackrock, Clown Lounge, Duo, C garden, Spiced and Sliced, Pablo Escobar.
If you want something outside the city, this is the place to go to!
Enjoy a cocktail and nibble on mini-bites at the rhythm of lounge music.
Make sure to pass by on Tuesday for Ribs Tuesday where you can enjoy five choices of Ribs, charcoal grilled with fresh sides & salads and of course Margaritas!
9- Sydney’s – Le Vendome
Cocktails with a view… it’s definitely at Sydney’s!
Make sure to try their new signature cocktails!
10- O Monot Hotel Rooftop
Relax, unwind and enjoy sunset drinks with a panoramic view of the city at O Monot Hotel Rooftop. The setting is very cozy, handcrafted outdoor furniture from the Exteta Zen line designed by Ludovica Roberto Palomba.
It is located on the 11th floor of O Monot Hotel in Monot street.
This Sunday, I woke up with excitement, that was because I was joining the Taanayel Ride with H.O.G.® Lebanon Chapter.
What was special about this ride, is that during Ramadan, the H.O.G.® Lebanon Chapter raised money to help donate a prosthetic leg to a person in need.
With the collaboration of arcenciel, they chose a person who works at the Taanayel Ecolodge and organized the Taanayel Ride to offer the donation.
We gathered early in the morning at Harley Davidson Cedarwoods, where I met the active organizers, the biker that I will be joining during the ride and his specially customized Road King bike.
We departed at 9h00 a.m. and rode all the way to Faraya enjoying the breathtaking landscape on our way.
We had our first break and enjoyed a saj mankouche. Then we hit the road again to Taanayel Reserve, one of the hidden beauties of the Bekaa Valley, where we enjoyed a walk between the trees and were mesmerized by the view of the lake.
Then we had lunch at Khan El Maksoud, where we enjoyed traditional Lebanese fare, on the sounds of nice old songs played live by Oud musician.
Located within Taanayel eco-lodge, Khan El Maksoud was built as a typical Bekaa Village of mud brick houses around a central green courtyard.
After lunch the donation was offered to Mr. Haitham.
Then went back home taking the way of Dhour El Chouweir, Bikfaya…
It was the first time I go for a ride on a Harley Davidson, I’ve done the photo-shoot before but not a ride. I went for few rides on a Steed but it was like ages ago… And not to be compared!
I thought that i’m gonna be nervous and scared all the way and since it’s going to be a long ride, I will freeze and not move.
But Roger’s bike was so comfortable, well designed to carry an extra passenger. Spacious rear seat, just few inches taller than the rider’s seat and with an adequate distance between the two seats.
Wearing comfortable clothes as advised, the helmet provided to me suited me just fine and got briefed on how to be a good passenger.
With excellent control, Roger’s driving was so smooth, made me feel so relaxed, comfortable and safe, I even started taking pictures with my phone, sharing videos on snapchat 😉
It was an amazing day, full of fun and interesting activities. I would like to highly commend the organizers of this ride, the H.O.G.® Lebanon Chapter did a fabulous job in developing, leading and running the event.
A job well done was also topped with a cherry by donating a prosthetic leg to a person in need.
Thank you for making me part of this wonderful and marvelous day!
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I was not very focused lately on my healthy diet plan, my weight was fluctuating going up and down, especially after the Easter Break, and I was feeling stuck somewhere and not able to proceed to the next level.
My motivation to get the summer body I want was much less than last season, and my will wasn’t as strong as it used to be. I was frustrated and wanted something to give me a push.
Then I received an e-mail from Gracy’s informing me about their new detox menu and they wanted me to try it.
At first, detox got me alerted, because I’m not really a huge fan. You starve your body for a while, drink only juices, you lose weight and when it ends you gain back to weight and even few kilos more.
But when I saw that they have a formula with salads, not just juices, I said I’ll try it for one day to see its effect on my body.
I started with lemon water in the morning, then had the breakfast juice made of orange, beetroot and ginger. It tasted strong with ginger giving me energy and boost. I needed it that day because I started feeling the signs of flu.
Then I had the green salad for lunch made of Kale, lettuce, cucumbers, zucchini, and green peas and after a while I had the lunch juice made of apples, kiwi and celery.
Then had mint water and dinner juice.
I found the one day detox formula well thought of and planned. The juices had a thick texture because of the ingredients, which kept me from getting hungry fast. The salad portion is well planned; it filled me up and left me feeling sated. I was also drinking a lot of water to flush out all toxins.
I can tell you that it wasn’t super easy to get through the day, especially that I went grocery shopping with mum that day and went to check Beirut Design Week at Liza and then the Garden Show and Spring festival, but when I went on the scale the second day, it was totally worth it!
Here’s why you should also try it:
Supply your body with nutrients, vitamins and minerals
The one day detox gives your body not only the vitamins and minerals needed, but also the important phytonutrients that help the cleanup and the healing process.
Plus the juices made of raw fruits retain nutrients that are killed by cooking.
When giving a break to your body, and letting your organs rest and rejuvenate, it gives your body time to repair elsewhere, your skin will look and feel healthier.
Since your body is now clean and not overworking to get rid of toxins, you will find it easier to shut down and rest at night.
What I noticed also after that day, is that the cleanse day was like a rest button, I was able to have more control over what I eat and the quantities I’m eating. My cravings are reduced, and don’t have this urge for snacking like before.
The one day detox helped me get back on track and instill my long-term habits. I’m focused again on my target and making progress.
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