Healthy food

5 Simple ways to improve your nutrition without having to break your head

Mim Kleiberg

There is so much information out there on nutrition today and it can all seem very complicated. You can be totally immersed in all of the ins and outs of nutrition and for most of us, we just don’t have the time to count calories, read labels and follow complicated nutrition guidelines. Here’s my 5 simple ways to make eating healthy easy without any brain labour!

  1. Eat as close to nature as possible

Try to eat the food as close to how it occurs in nature as possible. Foods that occur in nature are generally have the healthiest ratio of nutrients for our bodies. For example, fruit contain sugar however, in nature, are always paired with fiber which slows down the sugar’s absorption into the bloodstream. Cutting out processing and additives that can turn a perfectly healthy food into something unhealthy, means that your body can avail of nature’s nutrient profile design. Simply put, potato rather than potato chips, chicken rather than chicken sausage and apples rather than apple juice.

  1. Eat out less

It’s a very easy way to make sure that you’re not eating anything unhealthy. Remember restaurants and takeaways are in the business of selling food. It’s in their interest in making the food taste amazing so that they sell more. This means that this usually takes priority over the health profile of the food. If you prepare your own food as much as possible, you know exactly what’s in your food.

As a side note, these days there is a trend in restaurants with a focus on healthy food, why not make these your go to for take away and eating out once in a while.

  1. Eat vegetables at every meal

Vegetables are a great source of nutrients and fiber. Nutritional guidelines have recently been reviewed and now, 10 a day, rather than 5 a day have been recommended. Now its easy to incorporate vegetables into lunch and dinner with salads and vegetables being part of many staples but breakfast is always a challenge. My answer is green smoothies. Blending vegetables into your morning smoothie is an easy (and tasty) way of having veges for breakfast. Alternatively, adding veges to your eggs are a more traditional way of getting in the nutrients.

  1. Drink more water

Hydration, hydration, hydration. If you’re properly hydrated then you are able to absorb nutrients from your food much better than if you’re dehydrated. Also, dehydration can send false signals to your brain about your hunger levels.

  1. Eat mindfully

Stop and pay attention to what you’re eating. We always seem to multitask while eating. Eating mindfully, paying attention to your satiation, your chewing and the taste of the food means that the process of eating will maximise the absorption of nutrients.

 

Mim Kleiberg is a Star 3 Spinning Instructor, personal trainer and Co-owner of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi with qualifications in Olympic Weight Lifting, Kettle-bells & Functional Training.

Indoor Cycling, Spinning

Body composition and why weight is a bad indicator of your body’s health

Mim Kleiberg

As a trainer and coach the phrase “I want to lose 5/10/15/20kg/pounds” is something I hear all too often. In this day and age we are obsessed with the number on the scales that we see and what changes we can bring to it.

 

But is weight a good measure of our overall body’s health? Everyone has heard the phrase “muscle weighs more than fat” at some stage of their lives and this is absolutely, why weight is a poor indicator of body health.

 

Most people are familiar with the term “body fat,” usually associating it with obesity, heart disease, cholesterol levels and general unhealthiness. Even though our association with the word “fat” is negative, fat is actually essential to life and bodily function. Fat helps in absorption of vitamins, is the base of our hormones and has many other functions in the body.

Now whilst fat is essential to life, too much fat is detrimental to the body. Fat tissue is the body’s storage facility and stores excess energy for use at a later stage. Fat is used as a fuel source in everyday life and during exercise. Excess fat can cause obesity which comes with a whole slew of health problems including like arthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, some cancers and respiratory problems.

What is a healthy amount of fat?

The amount of fat in your body is referred to by percentage of your body weight. Indicative amounts are specific to gender:

For men:

  • 2 to 5% fat for basic function
  • 6 to 13% fat for athletes
  • 14 to 17% fat for healthy fitness
  • 18 to 24% fat for acceptable wellness
  • 25% or higher is considered obese

For women:

  • 10 to 13% for basic function
  • 14 to 20% for athletes
  • 21 to 24% for fitness
  • 25 to 31% for  acceptable wellness
  • 32% or more is obese

When I train people i aim to decrease their body fat percentage in a number of ways, including changing their nutrition, increasing their cardiovascular exercise quantity and focussing on strength training.

Strength training is a great way to increase your muscle mass. Increasing muscle mass will have a direct effect on your body fat percentage by increasing your body’s requirement of calories (metabolism) to start to use excess fat storage.

 

How do you measure body fat percentage?

 

There are various ways of measuring body fat percentage including calipers, hydrostatic weighing and bio-impedance scales are the popular ways of measuring body fat.

At THE ROOM we use a device that is a bio-impedance scanner to discover your body composition and this device provides a range of data including body-fat percentage, muscle mass, bone density and hydration levels.

If you are a 3 or 12 month member or you have a personal training package with us then you are eligible for a free body composition analysis with one of our trainers and monitoring for the duration of your package or membership.

For further information or questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on info@theroom.ae

 

Mim Kleiberg is a Star 3 Spinning Instructor, personal trainer and Co-owner of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi. She is an avid cyclist and triathlon competitor and is currently training for long distance triathlon.

Start Where You Are

Kat Owens

When it comes to trying something new, for many of us our instinct is to retreat. We go to a space of doubt rather than a space of curiosity. This is completely normal. We’re creatures of comfort! The unknown is a vulnerable place and it’s a lot easier to cozy up in our comfort zone. Starting a yoga practice can be especially intimidating. If you google the word ‘yoga’ you’re confronted (for the most part) with young, fit bodies bending in dizzying ways. It looks anything but inviting and calming. But in reality the practice of yoga is so much more than fancy postures; it is a practice of self-care and coming home to yourself. Simply put, yoga means union. Union between the body and the mind through the breath.
And the best part? It meets you where you are. It’s never too late to try. Maybe you’re healing from an injury. Maybe you have a meditation practice and are curious about the deeper philosophical aspects of yoga. Maybe you’re an avid and intense cyclist or runner. Maybe you’re super stressed out and tired most of the day. Regardless of your unique biography, if you can breathe you can begin.
The four-week Introduction to Yoga course at The Room is suitable for all levels and is a great way to start or continue your practice. Incorporating yoga poses, breath-work, meditation, and yoga philosophy, each session will build on the previous one so by the end you will have a solid yoga foundation.
So if you have any curiosity, don’t retreat—chase it and come join!
Date : Starting April 18, Every Tuesday
Time :
Morning Course – 9.30 am (Kat Owens)
Evening Course – 7.30 pm (Sahar Zaky)
Call 02/ 4444 945 or email info@theroom.ae to enroll or know more.

Design Your Fitness & Lifestyle Future At THE ROOM

Peter Pastijn, Power Specialist Master Instructor

At the change of year many of us have a moment of self-reflection. And it is up to you to decide to take actions or to let these ‘Moments’ pass.

THE ROOM encourages you to DESIGN THE FUTURE you deserve now!

End of year often makes you ask questions such as:

  • What went well last year?
  • What should or could I do better?
  • What do I really want to change in the next year?
  • How can I achieve these things?

You probably want one of the following changes when we speak about fitness and lifestyle:

  • I want to feel better, fitter, healthier
  • I want to look better, get back in shape like when I was younger
  • I recently got a health wake-up call and really want to do something about that
  • I want to set myself a ‘race/performance’ goal and this is the year for it

THE ROOM and its Care Team members are excited to share 20+ years of experience in Fitness and Lifestyle with you and has tailored different ways to train together based on how self-motivated and committed you are about your fitness and lifestyle goals.

Which of the below three statements applies most to you:

  1. ‘When I set myself a goal (fitness and lifestyle), I am fully committed and self-motivated. I don’t need much external help, just a great environment and quality classes.’
  2. ‘When I set myself a goal, I am quite ok at keeping myself motivated but could use a training buddie or coach to keep me motivated and on track.’
  3. Whenever I set myself a goal in the past, I often did not make it as fitness has never been my thing. Somewhere along the road I lost motivation and/or focus. I really need a personalized touch to my training to keep me committed.’

Now that you have given yourself this honest answer to these statements it is very easy to see how you could get the best out of your training at THE ROOM.

 

Here are your choices:

  1. You are self-motivated (but you do want to set yourself a goal or challenge):

Join us for the 6+1 month or annual unlimited group class membership and join the #100DayCommitment!

What else is included in these memberships?

  1. A brief consultation (with a selected or designated trainer) upon registration about how to use the timetable and various classes to best match your goals and needs. (same after 2-4-6 months)
  2. Body Composition measurements at these same intervals mentioned above.
  3. #100DayCommitment chart and follow up.

 

  1. You are intermediately self-motivated:

Join the unique NEW YOU program.

1 personal training session per week and a plan made by your trainer to join group classes for the remainder of the week! During the program you will receive body composition testing as well as receive a heart rate tracking monitor to gauge your training intensities!

 

  1. I need help or be part of a team to stay motivated:


iCHANGE is for you! Starting next on January 15th. A great 28 Day Kickstart fitness and lifestyle program unique in its kind.

  • 5 training sessions a week made up of a great combination of cardio, strength and conditioning, mobility and relaxatipon sessions.
  • The fun and engaging #28DayChallenge and the challenge tracker
  • fitness assessments
  • body composition and measurements
  • great nutritional advice
  • a team whatsapp group to encourage each other.

A truly great program for you if you have never had a healthy fitness and lifestyle habit or if you lost it for a while as life got really busy! Physically and mentally challenging surely for all levels, but the personal touch in a relatively small group environment makes it a program with a high sustainability and success rate.

 

As you can see, we are ready and excited to take you on #anextraordinaryroad of fitness and lifestyle in 2017!

#100DayCommitment to start your year

What is the #100DayCommitment at THE ROOM Abu Dhabi?

Upon joining the club for our 6 (+1) or 12 month group classes membership you are guaranteed improvements in your fitness levels.

However, most of us have unhealthy lifestyle habits and we are well aware of them. Just doing physical training without changing these unhealthy habits will not fully give you to the desired results.

That is why your written commitment will state what you will change and maintain for the coming 100 days and hopefully after!

For some reason we do not seem to find the motivation or strength to take make the necessary changes.

What is it you will commit to changing now :

  • Finally give up smoking
  • No more soda or excess caffeine
  • Done with fast food
  • Bye Bye sweets
  • More quality sleep

It never seems the right time for it or really necessary but you know that is not true.

Social commitment and engagement makes it much easier to stick to your goals.

Join now and start your #100DayCommitment!

Talk to your Care Team to know more and get started.