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Keep fit Kuwait!

IN ADDITION to my media and business career I am also blessed to have obtained my Personal Trainer Certification, which gives me the chance to practice fitness on a professional level and have the advantage and knowledge to keep fit. Kuwait suffers from some of the highest obesity and diabetic rates in the world and exercise is one of the important natural remedies to these problems that plague our society.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve heard this phrase.  It’s great to hear because when people exercise ... they’ll feel better, look better and they’ll truly enjoy their life so much more.
However, most people never follow through with their new ambition because there’s so much workout information available that it’s hard to figure out where to start.  Pick up any fitness magazine and try to find a beginner workout, and you’re sure to be more confused than before you started.
Should I do cardio, should I do weight training, should I train like a bodybuilder, how many times a week should I workout?
To get the best results as a beginner I would suggest focusing on a combination of weight training in the 8-12 rep range, cardio and also on a basic, easy to follow diet. New research suggests cardio alone will not help you. A combination of weights and cardio is the perfect mix. Weights may not necessarily be heavy if your focus is to stay fit and not build muscle.

It is very important when you start to ask your trainer to create a programme for you and always chart your progress. Make sure your trainer goes through the routine with you for the first few times so you get the technique right. Wrong technique is counter productive and lifting heavier is not always better. To start with lift lighter and increase the reps. It is also recommended that you change your workout routine every few weeks to encourage the body to grow and not settle into a routine. And always remember to hydrate when you exercise.

As for diet try to balance your food intake as follows: 2 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 0.4 grams of fat per pound of body weight. Remember you need to eat not starve yourself. Starving yourself is counter productive. Try to eat five to six smaller healthy meals a day. You need to eat, just eat right and try not to get to obsessed about food! ... it can be hard sometimes specially when you are into body building!.... I go through that a lot! Most importantly don’t forget to have a ‘cheat day’ and give your body a rest, but remember everything in moderation. Avoid fast food as much as possible.
Don’t forget to stay focused and get your family and friends to support and encourage you in your new lifestyle. Get lifting and get fit!
Hope to write more on this soon!
Keep fit this Ramadan Kuwait!

By Adeeb Shuhaiber
Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)

By: Adeeb Shuhaiber

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