Monthly Archives: August 2017

life in the slow lane

slow

How fast is your life moving? Do you ever wish you could slow everything down gaining a few more hours in the day to tackle that ever growing to-do-list? What if you slowed down and concentrated only on the things that are truly valuable and important to YOU? 

A slower paced life means more balance, and that helps you gain more awareness about how you actually spend your time. But ‘slow’ will not happen naturally, there needs to be a conscious decision. In fact, our lives tend to accumulate more things that need our attention, mainly because we rarely remove older commitments even when we add new ones. It’s almost like a computer that just keeps saving files, until it gets so slow it and needs a total reformat (or a trip to the recycle bin).

So the best thing to do, is aim for fewer and better commitments. Put the important ones on the calendar- these are the ones that you really want to prioritize, and don’t let any ‘urgent’ things take their place. Always take the time to evaluate everything you are trying to do, and even make a list of your commitments if you need to— ask yourself which items and tasks actually bring value to your life?

Slowing down can be hard, and yes we do know that it is hard to say no sometimes. But the reality is that more often than not, when we are over-committed, we are unable to do justice to all of our engagements. So what do we recommend? Do a little bit of planning and time management for a slower paced life. Because in the end, time is what is really important, and we need to make sure we are not rushing through life and letting all the special moments pass by unnoticed. Slowing down is a mindset, so today start the shift and focus on learning how to fully embrace a slower paced life.


unplug and reconnect

reconnect

 

We live in a world where everything is just a click or touch away – we communicate, share photographs, pay bills, and even shop with a touch of a button! This digital era has surely made our lives easier, but at the same time, the growing dependency on our gadgets and apps has taken its toll on our health and relationships.

Tell us, when was the last time you disconnected from your mobile devices and enjoyed some good old-fashioned, face-to-face social interactions, or went for a few hours of uninterrupted silence without reaching for your phone? If it has been so long that it’s hard to even remember, then this post is for you!

Technology in many ways brings us together and helps us stay close to people, but it also doesn’t hurt to sometimes step away from it and take a break to remind ourselves that life is moving by so quickly–things are happening offline in the here and now and we need to pay attention.

So here is what we are proposing: Go social-media free for a day. Start by turning off all the phone notifications and emails for your social media apps, and move your social media apps to a folder on your phone called “Unplugged”. Choose one time (or two) during the day to check in with the digital world. Once you’ve started to wean yourself from scrolling aimlessly through Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, go completely social media-free for one whole day (probably a day in the weekend would work best).

Now fill your time offline with meaningful things that maybe you haven’t been able to do lately. Take a walk on the beach, arrange a coffee with an old friend, or read that book you have been saving for when you had the time to focus. The possibilities are endless, and you’ll be less tempted to spend time scrolling through social-media when you have other activities to look forward to!

The idea is to reduce stress, slow down from all the “busy-ness” and focus on real life by engaging in social interactions in the real world, rather than on virtual platforms. Over the next month use your times of connectivity on purpose, and step away from social-media to reconnect with your family and friends to create new memories without all those fancy filters.

Have you gone social-media free for a day or longer? If so drop us a note below to let us know how it went and what you learned from the experience!


hitting the reset button

The Hundred Wellness Center

It’s a brand new year, and after days, (or weeks) of indulging in sugar and rich foods, combined with a lack of exercise or time to take care of yourself, it’s no surprise that you are possibly feeling a bit out of sorts. To help you get back on track we asked our team members to give us some pointers to help jump start the process of getting you to your best health and vitality in the new year.

To start off, the best first step, would be to give your body an opportunity to heal it’s digestive tract by taking a break from all forms of sugar, dairy, and gluten for 30 days. This may sound hard, but it is so worth it and we can help! Eliminating these foods actually is the cornerstone of the very successful ‘Down-Size-Me Diet Plan’ which was developed by Lifestyle Consultant/Weight Loss expert Ryan Penny, and his brother our in house Homotoxicologist and Homeopathic Practitioner Dr Sean –  The Wellness Brothers. This plan is offered at The Hundred Wellness Centre, and the brothers are on hand to personally support you in achieving your weight loss and wellness goals, while creating programs that fit comfortably into your lifestyle. And with the plan being built on a foundation of solid science and common-sense it ensures that cutting calories and improving health, does not involve a total restriction of the foods you enjoy!

Next we would encourage you to move your body in mindful ways – as much as we are told by mainstream media that the new year is the best time to start a hardcore exercise program, it’s really not! While getting back on track, your body will be much happier doing more mindful exercises like Pilates, Yoga, Gyrotonic Expansion, or even our Super Circuit Classes – all of which we offer in many ability levels at the centre! If you are not sure where to start, give us a call or visit us and we can help guide you to the program that best suits your needs.

While the idea of a new year brings on the excitement of being able to start fresh, it also comes the pressure of keeping up with everything that comes your way. Our advice? Slow down – Prioritize. Have less on your schedule. Move your body. Go to bed early. Read a book. And allow yourself the space and time to reconnect to what nourishes your mind, body and soul. 2017 is waiting, and every step you take to move forward is essential, so get in touch to find out how we can help you make this your best year yet!


finishing 2016 strong

 

Asma 2016

It surely has been an exciting year for all of us at The Hundred Wellness Centre and the whole world that is for sure – so a heartfelt “thank you” filled with gratitude is in order! Over the past 12 months, our team has grown, we have added additional wellness services and new classes, we conducted more free talks and events to bring our amazing community together, in conjunction with The Wellness Brothers we facilitated the successful Sheikh Majid Weight Loss Initiative, we held our weekly Saturday organic market with IGR |Integrated Green Resources UAE, our logo has been revampedI fulfilled my dream of running the London Half Marathon and I was honored to be invited by Dr Jill Biden the US second wife on her last visit to the UAE, to deliver a special speech to students in celebration of International Women’s Day, and these are just to name a few!

We are now at the point in the year when everyone has their New Years resolutions ready to go, however I am not a big fan of writing New Years resolutions as I feel they are challenging to maintain. I believe in setting conscious sustainable long term goals. What I normally do by the end of each year is write a list of what I want to achieve in all areas of my life to set my intentions for the new year, and gain more clarity and direction.

So if your goal is to lose weight (which most people have on their list), and live a healthy lifestyle, then begin with small steps, rather than going full fledge in January or deciding to go Vegan! Do something everyday towards your goal, even if it is simple, and set dated milestones. It also helps to have an accountability buddy, so you can encourage and keep eachother on track. Most importantly be conscious and serious about any changes you want to make in your life. Another end of year list I write is a gratitude list. I reflect on all the good things that have happened to me over the year and give thanks.

On a slightly different note, I have noticed that lately alot of people have taken to social media expressing how 2016 has been a tough year. I say let’s change that energy! Let’s look at what went well, fully aknowledging that we can perceive something as bad, but still know that in the long run it actually is always good for us, no matter what it was. I once read something that really stuck with me, and that is: when a flower dies, it makes space for a new one to grow. I want to invite you all to join me, and work on changing your perceptions in the coming year. Make it a habit to write three new and specific things daily that you are grateful for, and see for yourself how this small exersize changes the way you too can look at things…

So as 2016 comes to an end, lets agree to consciously ring in the new year with some great intentions and goals, and remember above all else to LOVE yourself! From me and the The Hundred Wellness Centre team, we wish you love, happiness and health in the new year. And remember we are just next door, ready to extend our knowledge and expertise to help you live your most healthy happy life.


small gestures, big impact

kind

Being kind is a wonderful experience. When you are kind to others, you feel good as a person — more positive, optimistic, and happy! Did you know that when you are kind it actually triggers physical and psychological responses with the most obvious response being the ‘feel good’ sensation, better known as the “helper’s high”!

So when you do something good, your body rewards you by releasing endorphins. These ‘happy hormones’ create the feel good experience, and the person who receives a kind act experiences the ‘feel good’ response too! Who can deny that it’s really nice when someone randomly smiles at you, thanks you, compliments you, or even helps you in some small thoughtful way.

And while we may not get any snow in Dubai, there is definitely something magical about this time of year. With the spirits of community, gratitude and generosity that are deeply rooted in our UAE culture, it could be the warm fuzzy feelings that we get when we are gathered with those we love the most, or when we are feeling the power of giving without expecting anything in exchange. If we open our minds to the opportunities, we will find that there are so many small ways to consciously practice kindness, spread happiness and create joy all around us.

With Giving and Charity playing such important roles in the holiday season, we have decided to step up our efforts to encourage more conscious acts of kindness and generosity within our community. Starting December 19th stop by and join our team at The Hundred Wellness Centre as we help to pay it forward! Let’s all work together to simply be kinder, happier human beings while we brighten someone’s day.. And who wouldn’t want a little bit of a “helper’s high” too?


raw & wholesome spinach, thyme and oregano soup

RAW SPINACH SOUP

With Ramadan only a couple of weeks away and with the summer heat slowly escalating, we are de”light”ed to share with you a raw, cool and healthy blended spinach soup. Packed with iron, rich in nutrients from avocado, and with wonderful earthy flavors derived from thyme and oregano this soup is complete with a splash of lemon for that added mediterranean twist. Ramadan typically calls out for a warm soup at Iftar but if the summer heat has you craving something more refreshing when you break your fast then this is the perfect soup for you. Blended soups are highly nutritious, easy to digest and a great way to saturate the body with lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes almost immediately making it an extremely healthy start to your iftar. So without further delay…here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh spinach
1 small apple (peeled and cored)
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes
1 tsp. sea salt
1 clove garlic
1 sprig thyme
1 sprig oregano
1 tbsp. olive oil or walnut oil (for a nutty delicious flavor)
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (do not use concentrated lemon juice)
3 cups hot water (added last if you prefer warm soup)
Toasted sesame seeds for garnish and a delicious crunch

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend for a couple of minutes until it’s smooth.  Add water gradually (if you like it thicker and creamier use less water).  Top / garnish your soup with sliced cherry tomatoes, sesame seeds or your favorite toasted seeds, before finishing off with a drizzle of of olive / walnut oil.


pilates, it’s a core thing: interview with rashid saeed

 

walid
Today we are delighted to share with you our recent interview with Rashid Saeed – a father, businessman and fitness aficionado, who joined The Hundred Wellness Center after injuring his back during his CrossFit training regime. Rashid is currently being privately trained by Walid Tebarki, one of our Pilates instructors, and is regaining his core strength through a series of specific core exercises using the Pilates ball, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Pole. Pilates strengthens the “powerhouse” which is the deep core muscles of the body (abdominal, gluteus and muscles surrounding and stabilizing the spine), and helps to elongate the spine, increasing the elasticity of muscles and the flexibility of joints. CrossFit training relies heavily on the initiation of core muscles in all of its exercises and by complementing it with Pilates there is a much lower risk of potential injuries.

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