This Ramadan, Keep Moving

Just about a week to go until Ramadan, in sha Allah!

Every year, the period leading up to Ramadan is flooded with a lot of nervicitement (yes it’s a new word coined for moments of nervous excitement alright!) with discussions ranging from resolution and goal setting to menu planning.

During this time we make a conscious effort in realigning our spiritual well being, spending time in prayer, supplication learning and reciting the Holy Qur’an. While this remains the main focus of the month, we still have  to carry on with our daily chores and activities – and this whether we like it or not – includes maintaining our fitness levels.

In the past, I, like many others, absolved myself of any fitness related activities during Ramadan, simply because of the fears of dehydration, fatigue and hanger, which ultimately would take away from the spirit of the month. However, while making up for some missed fasts this past month, I trained and it dispelled all the notions I had built up in my head. In fact, I felt energized, Alhamdulillah!

I am a moderately active person with average fitness levels. Between work and school runs, I manage to train 3-4 days a week during which I do a mix of weight training and running.  So here I am sharing learnings from my own experience – a beginner’s perspective if you like – to encourage you all to keep moving this Ramadan!

When do I train?

I choose to train 60-90 mins before Iftar for about 30-45 minutes. While many suggest it is better to train after iftar or before suhoor, I go with what works best for my schedule. Since school and work schedules operate on shorter timings here in the Middle East, there should be enough time to prep Iftar and dinner well in advance.

The other recommended times are generally post-iftar or pre-suhoor, times at which our bodies are better hydrated and nourished.

What kind of training?

The training intensity would vary based on when you choose to train. Since this will be the first Ramadan I will be training, I plan to stick to a light schedule, which ensures that I keep my body moving.

Model: Nura Arabi Wearing Nashata Modest Sports Wear

  • Yoga routines: There are many free apps and videos which take you through simple routines that range from 10 minute warm up exercises to 40 minute deep restorative routine which are fantastic in relaxing your muscles and breaking a sweat without tiring you out.
  • Functional Training: This involves compound movements that mimic patterns from daily life. Here again, there are several apps which have routines of varying effort and duration to guide you through a simple routine. If this is the first time you would be training while fasting, I suggest relying purely on your body weight and gradually introducing light weights based on how your body takes to the stress of fasting. Start with 3 sets of approximately 10 reps of each exercise. Some great exercises are:
    • Step Ups
    • Squats
    • Walking lunges
    • Push Ups
  • Brisk Walking / Jogging: Considering the weather in the UAE during this time of the year, I stick to the treadmill. Each day of fasting can feel different, so choose a speed and incline based on how you feel on that particular day. As tempting it is to push yourself to try harder, this is not the time to set new challenges. Start with a 15 minute walk, which you can then increase gradually in duration, speed and effort as you progress.

For the sake of avoiding repetition, I will not delve into the What to Eat during Ramadan spiel. But I will emphasize  this – HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE! And start preparing your body from today. With the time being between iftar and suhoor being so short in the summer months, it may not be possible to maintain fluid intake as you would on regular days. The solution? EAT water! Hydration is aided by the intake of foods rich in water content and potassium rich foods which help maintain the electrolyte balance in our bodies.

As we all know, the key to having a productive and less stressful Ramadan is being organised.  So plan ahead and schedule in your time to train!

Wishing you all a blessed Ramadan. May it be source of nourishment for our minds and bodies!

The Un-flippable + Zipper Pocket Sports Hijab For ?? Runners & ??Cyclists

Nashata Hooda Sports Hijab was designed to help ladies in hijab to keep their chest and hair covered at all times when they yoga, jump, back-bend, run and cycle.  Released in March 2016, the Hooda Sports Hijab would stay secure when the wind blows, when you bend forward or backwards or perform any movement in the gym.

Now, we have the Hooda Racerback, specially designed for runners and cyclists. It is simplified – to give you more freedom and boost your fitness potential. It also has a hidden small pocket in the front. Watch the video to find out.

Here are the 4 reasons why the Hooda Racerback is THE sports hijab for runners & cyclists.

1. Trimmed Shoulder
The hooda racerback is more neat on the shoulder, making it ideal and simplified for runners and cyclists who are looking for performance sports hijab.

Hooda Racerback Grey

Hooda Racerback Grey

2. Racerback Simplified Design
The design uses lesser fabric on the back. It is lighter and allows more breath-ability on the back.

Nashata Hooda Racerback for the Malaysia Women Marathon 2017

Nashata Hooda Racerback Grey and Limited Edition for the Malaysia Women Marathon 2017

3. Hidden Pocket with a Zip 
You can keep small items like your locker or car key in this pocket securely. It is nicely hidden in the front of the hijab so that you can easily access your items. Watch the video for more info

Zipper Pocket hidden in the inside part of the Sports Hijab

Hidden Zipper Pocket in the inside part of the Sports Hijab

What does a hijabi Marathon runner say about the Hooda Racerback?

What does a hijabi Marathon runner say about the Hooda Racerback?

4. More Size, More Options, Fits All Body Types
We have all sizes to suit ladies who are short, tall, petite and large. The hooda racerback suits all body types and the largest size available is 3XL.

Nashata Hooda Racerback Sizechart

Nashata Hooda Racerback Sizechart

With more freedom and lesser weight, you’d just go faster and further. Here’s how it looks like when you run in the Hooda Racerback.

More colors coming soon as the Hooda Racerback moves so fast that we are almost out of the first color in less than a month.

Oh ya, it is only RM89/SG30/USD25 and shipping is free within Malaysia and RM35/SG11 within South East Asia. We ship worldwide for reasonable flat rates.

So enjoy your run and cycle!

Yoga in the Park

As I am still enjoying my break from running, I had another chance to learn more about yoga, tailored for runners (Wow, off-season sure has been fun with different types of cross trainings!)  Last Saturday, the Nashata ladies were delighted to have a yoga class with Nadiah in a park called Taman Botani Putrajaya.

I love how everyone expresses their individual style in Nashata. Mix and match with what you have in your wardrobe to create a look that is uniquely you!

Everyone is wearing at least a piece of Nashata. I love how everyone expresses their individual style. Mix and match with what you have in your wardrobe to create a look that is uniquely you!

It was the first time that I practiced yoga outdoors. Previous experiences working out in a studio was still fun, yet I felt more energized being out in the morning sun. As usual, we started with a few basic poses such as Sun Salutation, Downward Dog, and Child’s Pose. These basic poses were great for warming up and waking up our muscles on a Saturday morning.

This Saturday morning is looking great already, I can feel it!

It’s going to be a great Satuday morning, I can feel it!

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Eventually the poses got harder and more complex, yet the Nashata ladies were undeterred. Even though we could not perform the poses perfectly, we kept trying to do several head stands and hand stands. After all, it’s the effort that matters, right? Nadiah explained that these poses were great to build upper body muscle just by using our body weight. So it is great for ladies to become lean and get rid of the flabs. It is also great for building the core, an essential part for a stronger run.

No wardrobe malfunction here! This one-piece yoga suit is great at keeping you covered even if you are upside down.

No wardrobe malfunction here! This one-piece yoga suit is great at keeping you covered even if you are upside down.

After learning about yoga 2 weeks in a row, I have become more conscious about my breathing. We can always strive for elaborate poses, rubber-like flexibility, and enormous strength, but we can never fully appreciate yoga if we don’t learn how to breathe properly. The best part is that I can practice breathing when I am driving, running, or working; I inhale deeply and slowly at the count of 5 while sucking in my core, and exhale slowly at the count of 5 too. Immediately, my muscles will feel less tensed and I can think better thanks to more oxygen in my system.

Just suck it in and BREATHE!

Suck it in an breathe!

Based on my limited knowledge in yoga I was not really sure which type of yoga we practiced that day. Nonetheless, we had a great time together. I hope to join more of Nadiah’s classes in the future!

 

Until next week,

The Weekend Runner

Ashtanga Yoga at Upward Yoga

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One with Kyserunkrew and the instructor!

I can’t believe it has been a year since I went to a yoga class. With all the running and strength training classes, sitting still to practice on my breathing and maintaining flexibility was hard to fit into my schedule. My previous experience at a Vinyasa Yoga class seemed miles away, and I was pretty sure I needed to work on my mobility again.

However, since I am currently off-season for running I finally had the chance to venture (albeit briefly) into yoga again. This time, I tried Ashtanga Yoga at Upward Yoga studio, lead by Ninie.

ASHTANGA BASICS (75 mins) is a workshop-type class comprising Ashtanga sun salutations, Ashtanga Standing Poses, 10 to 15 poses from Ashtanga Primary Series, backbends and Ashtanga Closing Sequence. Tips to ‘jump back’, ‘jump through’ and ‘half / full vinyasa’ will be offered to help link your poses together and to retain your body’s warmth throughout the practice.

(taken from UpwardYoga.com)

So at 9am, my running crew and I find ourselves sitting very still with our eyes closed, cross-legged on the floor. We allowed ourselves to give gratitude for the day ahead and realign our minds. Using the power of visualization can be a very powerful tool.

img_6731img_6732 img_6733 img_6738Ninie’s yoga studio at Upward Yoga is all about the experience – the warm earthy walls, natural light, essential oil for the senses, and meditative songs and drum beats for the mind.

Just like any other sports, there must be a warm up, the actual work out, and a closing. We started to warm up by doing sun salutations and standing poses. These were basic movements, like Downward Dog and Warrior Pose. However, they were not easy. Not used to inverting my head often I felt disoriented and lost my balance several times! I also learnt to use the sound of the drum beats in the background through the studio’s speaker to help my breathing.

Then came the primary sequences, where the actual fun begins. Depending on your flexibility and experience, Ninie showed us more challenging poses. Ninie was very encouraging. Again by using the power of visualization, she wants everyone to believe that they can do those poses even if it was not perfect or accurate.

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Blocks can add resistance or assistance to your poses

Until I have the ability to contort myself into a or in words of a friend, turn into a ‘human pretzel’ I have to keep on working on my basics first. Improving flexibility is always an advantage for not just for runners, but other sports as well.

For more info, head to their website: http://upwardyoga.com/

Until next week,

The Weekend Runner

Top 10 Inspirational Yoginis in Hijab

Do you need to be flexible to yoga? Do you need to be superfit or super lean to perform headstand and all those difficult-looking poses? The answer to all is NO. We are featuring yoginis in hijab across the globe and their lovely journey in yoga. With a common love in yoga, these 10 inspiring ladies from different ages and backgrounds share why they embark into yoga,  where they get their training from, their routines and their personal views on how yoga has benefited them.

For newbies and those who wanted to try yoga, you can learn from these strong and beautiful ladies. Just follow their instagram and nashatadotcom’s instagram for tips and updates.

YOGA IN HIJAB

Brunei ] [ Indonesia ] [ Malaysia ] [ Singapore ] [ United Arab Emirates ] [ USA ]

  • UAE : Nura Arabi
  • Brunei: YogaWithAmani
  • Indonesia : Lola Shariff
  • Indonesia : ErziYoga
  • Malaysia : Najwa
  • Malaysia : Nadia
  • Malaysia : Rita Rahayu
  • Singapore : Nura
  • Singapore : Farah
  • USA : Yasmin Essa

BRUNEI

Amani A. Muntassir, 30 @yogawithamani

~ Yoga is for everyone for all ages and different body types. You just have to start somewhere

Amani is a full time Biology teacher and part time yoga instructor in Brunei. She started yoga back in 2006 during her university days, where she set up a yoga club. Yoga is her way to release stress and she finds yoga to be different than other sports.  To her yoga eliminates all sense of competitiveness and comparing with others, while she focuses on herself, my own practice.

After completing 200 hour yoga training at Ubud Bali in December 2014, Amani teaches yoga. She is also a prenatal yoga teacher. Despite her busy schedule as a teacher, Amani teaches yoga three times a week at the studio. Other than teaching, she enjoys performing the yin style yoga and sometimes vinyasa or stronger yoga routines. Now, she joins her favourite international teachers online as ways to improve her routine.

AMANI IN FAVOURITE POSE : HEADSTAND

Amani in Favourite Pose : HeadStand

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INDONESIA

Lola Shariff, 39 @lolashariff

~ Yoga makes Lola happy and strong, and most of all to her, it is a never ending journey.

A self taught yogini initially, Lola started yoga when she had lower back pain in 2014. She joined yoga classes a year later and found improvements in her practice since, especially alignments. Lola works as a freelance subtitler, and she balances her time by attending classes twice a week at least, except weekends. She enjoys hatha, iyengar, power yoga, sometimes swing yoga and ashtanga. She practices backbends and handstands frequently at home.

LOLA IN FAVOURITE POSE : HANDSTAND

LolaShariff in Favourite Pose : HeadStand

Erzi, 31 @erziyoga

~ Yoga enfolded via Technology

A mother residing in Jakarta started yoga 3 and a half years ago when her sister took her to join a private yoga class. Since then, Erzi and friends have private yoga classes at sister’s house.

Yoga is a not a high impact activity and is an enjoyable journey. Despite gentle movement on a mat, yoga can make one sweat and build one’s energy, explains Erzi. To Erzi, yoga teaches her to breathe well and stay calm and relaxed in any conditions. Even though she has been learning yoga for more than 3 years, she still attends yoga classes at a studio and private yoga class once a week with her sister.

ERZI LOVES MEDITATION

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She starts her practice with meditation, minus chanting. To her, meditation connects her breathing with mind and that helps her improve her routines. She would then stretch her neck, arms, sides of my body, spine and continue to Sun Salutation A for 8-10 rounds before continuing to my peak pose of the day.

She advises other sisters to learn yoga online like Youtube, if there is no studio closeby. She shares that some of the well-known yoga teachers online has some beginner tips about how to get onto your mat while others have classes for beginners to intermediate level. She also finds instagram as a good channel to learn yoga.

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MALAYSIA

Najwa / Wawa, 31 @najwa.bulat

~ Learn from a qualified and professional instructors 

Najwa started yoga 17 years ago at a tender age of 14. She started yoga to improve asthmatic condition. Now, a Fitness & Yoga Instructor, Najwa finds yoga important to keep her improve body strength, maintain a lean body and to keep healthy & flexible. Most of all, the breathing techniques help cure her asthmatic problem.

Being a qualified Hatha Yoga Tutor from Slimhealth Aerobic & Dance Studio and a fitness instructor, Najwa’s routine is colorful. She urges beginners to learn from a qualified and professional instructor to reap the benefits of yoga so that you can get a lean, curvy and fit body.

NAJWA KEEPS A COLORFUL ROUTINE

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Here’s Najwa’s colorful routines that combines yoga with other types of workout:

1) Hatha Yoga
2) Body Weight Training
3) High Intensity Workout
4) Weight Training
5) Cardio Workout (Boxing+Aerobic+ Dance)

Nadiah Mohaizi, 36 @nadie_omgoing

~ You will be fascinated by what your body can do, and it comes a reminder to care for her body – a gift from Allah 

An engineer by profession, and certified yoga instructor, Nadiah started yoga to loose pregnancy weight. Yoga fits the need as she wanted something she could practice at home. She also finds yoga as a good weight training exercise as you’d need to do planks, lunges, inversion, and arm balances which are important for women to increase stamina and metabolism. To Nadia, yoga is not about the asanas (poses), but the journey into achieving them and to remain calm through proper breathing in maintaining poses. Keeping calm is important in her hectic daily life. Till today, she is fascinated by what her body can do and it serves as a reminder for her to care for her body – a gift from Allah.

NADIAH IN FAVOURITE POSE : forearm stand

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Like Erzi and Amani, Nadiah also uses technology to learn yoga at beginning stage. After which, she attended  Atilia freeyogafit class at KLCC. She took teacher training at MAYI to be a certified yoga instructor and now she practices Ashtanga at Mysoreroom KL in Binjai 8. She trains every other day for 10 minutes and suggests newbies to practice safe and find a good teacher to help with alignment and postures.

Rita Rahayu Omar, 41 @ritarahayuomar

~ Yoga is not a destination…it is a journey that enriches you every step of the way.

RITA feels happy when she is upside down

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A mother of 4, a lactation consultant and an serial entrepreneur, Rita started yoga in 2011 when she was living abroad as an expat wife. At that time she had just lost her baby, and despite having support from husband and children she felt rather lost and depressed. She read a lot about yoga and was intrigued by it further after hearing friends talk about it. Soon, she hired a personal yoga instructor who came 5 days a week.

Rita emphasizes the importance of breathing techniques; the techniques that help achieve relaxation, mental clarity and eliminates stress , fatigues, depression and anxiety. She felt better and healthier after a few sessions and after 3 months into yoga, she was pregnant again and she continued to do yoga throughout her pregnancy. Her 4th baby is a peaceful, happy, yoga baby. He’s always wanting to practice yoga with Rita whenever he sees the mat!

Despite her busy schedule running her businesses Bebe Sachi and The KembaRA, Rita yoga at least once a day either in the morning or everning. She likes inversion poses because of its many health benefits. Among others it helps supply blood to brain, build your core strength and balance to our body.

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SINGAPORE

Nura Ahmad, 25 @yogawithnura

~ a fitness goal that became a self-growth and self-discovery journey

Nura started learning yoga at a young age of 17. She wanted to improve athletic performance and saw progressive results in stamina running long distance despite having asthma. She survived colon cancer and irritable bowel syndrome in 2012.

NURA ACTIVE IN YOGA @ 6 MONTHS of PREGNANcy

Currently 6 months pregnant with her first baby, Nura finds pranayama (breathing techniques) and a quiet 15 minutes mindfulness shapes her to be better version of herself, discovering  weakness and grounding herself from pride.  She dedicates 3-4 times weekly of prenatal, hatha and restorative yoga while committing herself to do house chores. A committed fitness entrepreneur at @fitness4muslimah and a certified yoga trainer (Ashtanga & Hatha), Kids Yoga teacher and Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teacher, she advises other sisters to just show up on the mat, no matter how you feel that day.

Nura loves all yoga poses and always balance her flows with standing poses for concentration and balance, twists poses for internal detoxification and help keep irritable bowel syndrome at bay, hip openers, backbends aka heart openers which helps her a lot in strengthening interpersonal relationship with students and loved ones. She loves arm balances such as crow, eight angle and headstands for core and grow her upper body strength after spending almost half of her years building endurance in lower torso for athletic performance in school.

Farah Lyna, 31 @farah.yuj

~ Yoga is non-competitive, so there is no need to feel pressured or exert yourself in a pose.

From running to yoga, Farah, now a yoga teacher, started attending yoga classes 9 years ago and only looked into yoga seriously in 2013. Yoga became a regular practice when her scoliosis started to cause numbness on left leg.She received training from Tirisula Yoga in Singapore.

Farah starts her morning training with some pranayama (yoga breathing exercises), followed by a few rounds Sun Salutations and simple stretches like forward folds, backbends, twists and a headstand. She tries to do  Ashtanga practice at least once a week.

To Farah, everyone has a unique body type and it’s important to work within own physical limits. Farah echos other yoginis reminders that with regular practice & patience, our body will get used to the routines. Yoga is a journey of self-discovery.

SELF DISCOVERY THROUGH YOGA

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Nura Arabi @_iChallenger

~ You won’t understand the gain that is waiting for you until you try it and judge from experience.

Nura Arabi, like other sisters in fitness found love in yoga. Nura is a physical education and health teacher and she teaches swimming and Zumba and she writes about  fitness. She started yoga in 2015 and practices twice a week since. She started learning yoga at a Yoga center, after which she learn via youtube videos at time of convenience.

To Nura, yoga is a good way to get deep into herself as it teaches patience, body awareness and improves muscular and mental strength.

Nura Arabi in Favourite Pose : Tripod Headstand

Nura Arabi in Favourite Pose : Tripod Headstand

USA

Yasmin Essa HC, AADP, 27 @ wellnesswithyasmin.com & @yasminessa

~ Yoga is an artistic form of expression
Yasmin started yoga when she was a senior in high school and has been into fitness since. She was the first female student trainer at Montclair State University, but it was after college her love for yoga grew. Yoga helps reduce pain she has on her back due to  idiopathic scoliosis.

After going to classes at studios over the years, Yasmin is now a self-taught yogini and a board certified Holistic Health Coach. She keeps her routine interesting combining different types of workout activities. She does a lot of strength training, some HIIT for cardio, and yoga for flexibility and lengthening all of which she shares on instagram

YASMIN GRADUATED FROM THE Institute for Integrative Nutrition

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Yasmin enjoys flowing from downward dog to plank to upward dog to child’s pose as it warms her body up for a more rigorous workout, or to stretch out.

She reminds newbies not to compare yourself with others and to focus on being most present in your own body, mind, and soul.

Chelsea, Wellness Blogger @ MuslimahHealthy.com

~ You can never  get bored with yoga

Chelsea started yoga in May, 2015 when she was traveling a lot and didn’t have access to a gym. She fell in love with it so much that decided to start a full-time practice. Chelsea finds there is always something to work towards whether it is more advanced poses, building strength/flexibility, or working on form and technique. A self taught and self-motivated person, Chelsea constantly progress and keeps pushing herself to get better and better in yoga.

She practices the Ashtanga yoga method, memorizes a sequence of poses and practices every day. Once she feels she has mastered a certain set of poses, she would move on add more into her routine until she eventually memorizes the entire Ashtanga sequence – around 40 poses. Like many of the other yoginis, Chelsea really love inversions and arm-balances because of the core and shoulder work she gets. Her favorites would have to be the forearm stand, handstand  and backbend.

She reminds other sisters not to be afraid about not being flexible enough or skinny enough and they are not important. Yoga is for absolutely everyone and it is a progression. Chelsea does many other types of workouts and finds yoga great workout. She actually needs to keep a sweat rag next to her mat during practice!

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What are you waiting for girls? Just get onto the mat and go through the beautiful journey of yoga. You can get a lot of help from these inspiring yogonis!

CrossFit at a new Fuel Athletics gym!

A few weeks ago, I had a great experience at the weight lifting introduction class in Fuel Athletics. Recently, they opened their doors to a new outlet in Shah Alam and invited me plus a few friends to try CrossFit after iftar (breaking our fast). I immediately said yes because I was drawn to CrossFit’s high intensity; I can get maximum amount of work done and calories burnt in a short period of time.

CrossFit can be roughly defined as varied high intensity functional movements, while combining certain aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. (source: https://www.crossfit.com/what-is-crossfit). Based on this definition, CrossFit is not new to me. I had similar experiences before at Revelation Republic and a few LesMills GRIT classes, under various names such as Body Conditioning or GRIT Strength. To me, the principles and movements are pretty similar so experienced athletes (or in my case, athlete-wannabes) will have no problem transitioning.

However, what makes Fuel Athletics different is its location and spacious design. Currently, Fuel Athletics is the first CrossFit certified gym in Shah Alam, attracting crowds from as far as Sungai Buloh and Puncak Alam. The location at Menara Naza TTDI is strategic, with a nice mix of working adults and student crowd. The gym has 2 floors, an outdoor space, and a pool with changing room and surau.

IMG_4607CrossFit space and equipment on the lower floor

IMG_4620Spacious upper floor, with future plans for yoga classes

IMG_4621Plus point: This gym even has an outdoor pool too!

After some dynamic stretcing and warming up indoors and outdoors, we proceeded to the highlight of the night – the WOD (Work Out of the Day). For tonight’s session, the WOD was simple, yet effective: partner up, and one person does burpees while the partner holds weight plates above his/her head. Then switch roles after the partner completes a few burpees. Do this as many rounds as you can in 10 minutes. Do not underestimate the lack of fancy equipments or movements, because burpees are advanced enough to be considered as a full body work out. So after a few rounds of burpees and holding up the weight plates above my head, my arms were already shakey. I even hesitated if I should decrease my weights from 10kg to 5kg so I can ‘survive’ all 10 minutes of the WOD!

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Processed with VSCO with a6 presetThe WOD got me like… (in a good way of course)

I can see that these series of WOD will definitely complement my marathon training programme. It will build up my legs muscle strength so I can run longer, faster, and less prone to injury. As for my upper body which has been neglected for some time, needs a lot of work as it has gotten flabby and weak. Perfection is still a long road ahead, so for the mean time, I just need to strike a balance between strength work outs and clocking in enough mileage.

For more info and registration: http://www.fuelprimecrossfit.com/

For more reviews on other types of cross-training and gyms:

Until next week,

The Weekend Runner

 

The versatile & multi-function belt for active ladies

Having problems with your top lifting up when the win blows or when you perform certain moves like inversion ? Do you need to secure small items and do not have pockets on your outfits? Chill, it’s a typical problem for those who do sports activity. Well, guess what? Raazbelt is out to solve your problem!

RAAZBELT

What’s a Raazbelt? A simple yet multi-purpose accessory that you would want to bring whenever you work out. No matter what circumstances, it could be while yoga, running, cycling, climbing rocks, even yoga or any recreational activity. This versatile belt will keep your hands free as it holds and secures your mobile phone and small items, and prevents your top from lifting up or falling down.

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Holds your Top securely

The fabric is lightweight and soft on your skin that you could easily twist it . It follows your body contour, hence it provides comfort around your waist. Having a soft belt around a lady, while doing sports activity, is crucial as it will not distract you from accelerating performance. You can wear it underneath or over your sports top – whichever you prefer. Nashata’s reflective logo helps you

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So soft, you can even twist it!

 Pouches

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Pouch with Zip

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2 front pouches

The open pouches can fit any size of mobile phone as the fabric is very stretchable.

The zipped pouch can secure your money, cards, keys or any small items.

Still thinking of bringing your backpack now?

Raazbelt is available in 5 colors. They are BLACK, COCOA, TEAL, PURPLE and RED.

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It comes with 4 sizes and the measurement is as below. For a good fit, get the size which is ‘Your Waist in inches” + 2 inches extra.

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Available for RM39 only, this versatile belt for active ladies is an absolute bargain. Get yours now at nashata.com

Ganjaran Kekal Cergas di Bulan Ramadan

Pada bulan Ramadan ini saya bernekad untuk meneruskan latihan larian dan yoga seperti hari-hari biasa. Ini adalah kerana saya ingin mengekalkan stamina, menurunkan tahap lemak badan dan tonkan badan. Apatah lagi, saya masih ingat seramai 3,000 para atlit yang beragama Islam berlatih dan bertanding seperti biasa semasa Sukan Olimpik 2012 yang berlangsung di London pada bulan Ramadan.

Kajian juga menunjukkan terdapat penurunan berat badan tanpa perubahan pada prestasi fizikal para atlit perempuan ketika berlatih di bulan puasa. Inilah masanya untuk terus berpikiran positif dan bina keyakinan diri kerana kadang-kadang akal banyak memberi alasan.

Kekal Cergas

Pada hari pertama Ramadan, selepas memasak untuk berbuka, pada jam 6 petang, saya bergegas keluar untuk berlari 5km. Alhamdulillah, walaupun tahap larian perlahan, saya dapat menghabiskan latihan selama 45 minit. Pada Ramadan kedua pula, saya berlari sejauh 3.3km sahaja kerana kesuntukan masa selepas menyediakan juadah berbuka. Oleh kerana berlari semasa berpuasa adalah baru bagi saya, adalah penting saya peka dengan reaksi atau perubahan badan ketika dan selepas larian. Alhamdulillah, selepas berbuka, saya dapat meneruskan ibadah tarawih di masjid bersama keluarga seperti biasa.

Yoga Ramadhan

Ramadan Pertama : Sambil Berlari, Berhenti Sejenak Untuk Crow Pose Yoga

HotFM Cergas Ramadan bersama AIA Vitality

Ramadan Kedua : Larian 3.3 km sahaja

Ganjaran

Teruja sungguh saya apabila mengetahui HotFM Cergas Ramadan bersama AIA Vitality menggalakkan gaya hidup aktif dan cergas pada bulan Ramadan. Terdapat pertandingan yang amat senang untuk disertai untuk mereka yang meneruskan gaya hidup yang aktif pada bulan Ramadan. Sambil bersenam, ambillah peluang untuk mendapatkan ganjaran berbentuk barangan sukan bernilai RM300. Cuma upload gambar atau video anda melakukan aktiviti senaman di Instagram atau Facebook. Berikan kepsyen kreatif kenapa anda pilih untuk kekal cergas di bulan Ramadan. Nak upload gambar senam bersama rakan pun boleh! Jangan lupa #SayaPilihCergasRamadan dan #AIAVitalityMY serta tag @hotfm976. Apa yang menarik lagi – AIA Public Takaful akan menderma RM10 ke badan amal untuk setiap penyertaan. Jangan lupa untuk menyertainya dan info lanjut boleh didapati di http://www.hotfm.com.my/hot-fm-cergas-ramadan-bersama-aia-vitality/

Teruskan gaya hidup yang aktif dan cergas di bulan Ramadan. Pastikan anda mengambil makanan yang seimbang dan berkhasiat, minum air sekurang-kurangnya 8 gelas sehari, dan mendapat cukup rehat dan tidur sebaik-baiknya 7 jam sehari supaya badan sihat tanpa sebarang tekanan.

Energy & Protein Bar

Mudah Disedia di Rumah :  Bar Tenaga & Protein Diperbuat dari Pisang, Oat, Kacang, & Kranberi untuk memberi khasiat semasa Ramadan

Pengalaman Bersama Ibrah – Sisipan Agama Berita Harian

Kami sangatlah teruja apabila Latifah, wartawan dari bahagian agama, Berita Harian menghubungi kami beberapa hari lalu untuk menggayakan koleksi fesyen sukan sopan dan bergaya Nashata.

Kami merancangkan penggambaran dibuat di Kelab Tasik Putrajaya di Presint 8 kerana pemandangannya sangatlah cantik. Dua model aktif dari utara turun ke Putrajaya untuk turut mengayakan koleksi kami. Mereka mempunyai latar belakang aktif dalam sukan dan memang menjaga aurat dan penampilan harian supaya sopan dan cantik dari segi dalaman dan luaran.

Setelah habis temu bual yang ringkas bersama Latifah, kami ke persisiran tasik untuk sesi penggambaran. Dengan solekan yang serba ringkas, Sarah, Nahsuhah dan Aqilah menggayakan sejumlah 9 pasang baju yang menampilkan pelbagai cara pemakaian. Jurukamera Helmi pula profesional memberi arahan yang berbeza untuk mengambil gambar-gambar yang sungguh menarik. Pelbagai aksi yang ditertarakan oleh anak-anak muda ini; yoga, larian, karate, lompatan dan berbasikal.

Muka Depan Berita Harian

Kami amat bersyukur kerana ditampilkan di muka hadapan Ibrah. Saya juga sangat berterima kasih kerana konsep memperagakan pakaian melalui aksi dan pose perbagai jenis sukan diterima baik oleh pihak media.

Ibrah Berita Harian Muka Depan

Produk-produk inovatif Nashata terbaru ditampilkan adalah Azza Toplectic, Hooda Sports Hijab dan Sut Yoga. Tutorial cara pemakaian tudung sukan Iman juga dipaparkan di Ibrah.

Nashata on Ibrah Berita Harian

Ibrah – Berita Harian : 3 Jun 2016

Kebebasan sewaktu bersukan terserlah apabila memakai pakaian sukan Nashata. Beryoga, berlari, melompat dan bersukanlah tanpa khuatir nampak aurat.

Aqilah dan Nahsuhah : Atlit Versatil

Aqilah dan Nahsuhah : Atlit Versatil

How to Choose the Right Sports Hijab

Fitness requires the utmost comfort and what that means is being comfortable in your fitness attire. If you are a hijabi, comfort and safety in sports are equally important. To get the best fitness experience in a hijab, there are a 3 key areas you need to remember :  Fabric, Safety, Design

1. Fabric

Choose the right fabric.

  • Choose fabric that moisture wicks
    What it means is that the fabric is able to dry fast by  evaporating moisture and sweat away from skin. Most wicking fabrics are made of polyester mix. Typical cotton absorbs moisture and sweat and does not facilitate evaporation well. Therefore, moisture tends to hold onto it and due to that, the fabric becomes heavier and may cause discomfort and chafing. There is moisture wicking cotton designed for sports, but expensive.
  • Breathablility
    Mesh, Pattern Texture or Interlock or mix? Mesh is more breathable as it has small holes to allow ventilation.
    There are some fabric with different types of pattern texture as pique, waffle and stripe pique. They are not smooth but adds flattering element onto your sportswear. Interlock, on the other hand is smooth and soft, but as not breathable as mesh.
    Wafer Pique
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    Mesh and Interlock Fabric
  • Thickness & Weight
    Depending on temperature and humidity, you would want to choose the right thickness so that you don’t get too hot or too cold with hijab on. Thickness comes with extra weight. If you are looking for performance sports hijab, choose the ones that are lightweight and fast drying.  If you prefer heavier fabric for personal reasons,  it is ok too. Some prefer heavier fabric as it is not easily blown by the wind, hence does not flip easily.
  • Wet or Dry, or Both
    Find out if fabric is suitable for swimming and water sports. Some polyester and nylon fabric are fast drying and elastic that they are versatile for both dry and wet.

2. Safety features

  • Easily Detachable
    Depending on the level of intensity and ruggedness of your activity, you would want to get sports hijab that is secure but removable easily so that your head or neck does not get snagged. Accidents can happen when your hijab gets stuck or pulled while working out. 
    No pins or brooch

    Avoid wearing pins or brooches on hijab for sporting activities. Be it safety pins, sewing pins or scarf pins, you may not only cause danger to yourself but others who are exercising with you. Brooches with sharp edges and pins may cause unnecessary injuries.
    Wrapsarounds? Maybe not.
    Long scarfs that require wrapping around your neck are not safe as it my cause injuries if the scarf gets stuck or snagged while moving around.

Neck-scarf
Possible injury if scarf wrapped around neck for Sports

  • Reflectors (nice to have)
    Invest a little bit more for additional safety feature like reflectors on your hijab. You would find such feature useful for caving, hiking, trailing and even for running and cycling at night or before the sun comes out.

    Sports Hijab Reflector

    Sports Hijab Reflector

3. Designs

  • Sporty
    Sporty designs typically make use of vivid lines around the head and front. However, if you are not comfortable having such look, you could wear simple and conventional designs. Some sports hijab designs are suitable for both wet and dry activities.

    Short Sporty Design

    Short Sporty Design

  • Length & Width
    Depending on your dressing preference and comfort, you can either choose short or long hijab. Short sports hijab gives better hand movement and lesser obstruction around chest area. Some finds good comfort  tucking in short sports hijabs into their shirts .
    If you prefer long sports hijab for better chest coverage, make sure the sides do not obstruct hand and shoulder movement.

    Long Sports Hijab

    Long Sports Hijab

  • Colors
    Black, white and grey are the common and most universal colors. Do remember however, that black absorbs heat and it does affect sporting experience, especially outdoor and during daytime. Avoid using dark colors and try wearing hints of bright colors on your sports hijab as it adds more vibrant onto your look.

    Hints of Bright Colors

    Hints of Bright Colors

  • Design for the right Sporting Activity
    Jumping & Inversion friendly

    If you are looking for sports hijab for obstacle run, yoga or any sporting activities that require jumping or rolling like netball or volleyball, you may want to look for hijab that does not flip (unflippable) or invert, or you may want to tuck in your hijab.

    Inversion Friendly

  • Competitive or Training
    If you are an athlete looking for performance sports hijab, you need to get the ones made of lightweight and super breathable fabric.
    It is also important that the hijab is comfortable and practical that it does not cause obstruction when you compete. You would want to compete with a clear and free mind. It may be pricier. You can spend a little bit lesser for sports hijab you use for training. It can be longer and heavier and not designed for performance.
    Competitive Sports Hijab

So weigh your options and choose the right sports hijab for a swift and comfortable sporting experience. Check the fabric, make sure the hijab is safe for sports, pick design that flatters you and suits your sporting activity.

Focus on performance and having a great active lifestyle!