Survival of the “FITTEST”

When I look back at my life, I find that I was the happiest when I managed to fit exercise into my busy schedule. Not because of the solid thighs and curvy muscles, nor was it for the ease of buying clothes or looking fabulous… All of these were great but the part I miss the most is the state of mind! The true beauty of exercise is that it elevates my thinking to a point where I can overcome adversity way better and faster than when I am not exercising… The world suddenly becomes much easier to deal with and the dwelling is reduced to the minimum! Sports are known to release endorphins that make us happy, kind of like a happy pill! My aunt who is a psychoanalyst actually prescribes exercise to patients suffering from acute depression!

It even affects my productivity… I get more done, I am more enthusiastic, I am much more creative and even think faster… No wonder several companies in the US have set up in-house gyms and are encouraging their staff to get a daily workout… I bet they can justify the move with a proven increase in overall output and performance!

I spent years going back and forth to the gym… and the effect was always as amazing and rewarding! Trick was the “getting back in” part… Procrastination was an understatement in my case… I had a huge list of excuses for why I haven’t been able to do it so far but the truth is that I’m just being lazy and it’s always the first few steps that are the hardest…

I remember watching an in-depth interview with an Ecommerce consultant to the White House on CNN – can’t remember her name but sure do recall her story! The woman spends her time from private jet to limousine and from state to state. When she is not lecturing the likes of Bill Clinton and Obama, she is writing her latest book… She struck me as a very busy woman but what got to me the most was that no matter where she was or what she was doing, she finds the time to swim for a whole hour every single day of the week! In fact, she does most of her strategic thinking in the pool! That’s when I realized that using the time factor as an excuse was no longer valid in my book… I understood that it’s not about “finding” time, it’s about “making” time…

If that’s not enough encouragement then let’s look at the disease epidemic all brought about from lack of exercise combined with bad eating habits… back pain, joint pain, cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, the list of goes on and on… Fact is that it has indeed been proven that adopting a healthy lifestyle takes all of these illnesses away… They magically disappear – in some cases, as little as six months into it…

Once in gym mode, which is usually around week 4, all I need is a brief self-inflicted pep talk and I’m there… Then comes the beautiful reward of actually SEEING the difference 12 weeks down the line and that’s enough to bring me back every time…

Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher once said that “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step,” and I guess the best way to get myself back into gym mode is take that step…

As I divert my mindset to getting back on my fancy elliptical trainer, I am giving myself till end of the week to start doing at least 20 minutes 3 times a week. Care to join me? 🙂



About Rouba

Rouba a.k.a. Roobz, was born in Lebanon in 1975. She is a communications consultant who has been working with brands and companies across the Middle East and North Africa for the past 20 years. Rouba is also a writer, singer and songwriter who has been performing since the age of 7. She is known for her outspoken views on women’s rights and constant encouragement to those around her. The Lebanese native lived in the US and around the Middle East before relocating to Dubai in 2013 where she lives with her husband and two children, Omar and Naya. In 2011, she began her quest to “Find Her Venus” and fulfill her lifelong goal of recording and launching her first music album which was released in 2012. Today she manages her own boutique communications agency in Dubai and performs at Musichall - one of the most sought out live music clubs in the country. You can view some of her videos on

7 Responses to Survival of the “FITTEST”

  1. This is all so true – I know I should be doing something but I don’t – it’s hard when there are so many other things I want to do. But! I was addicted to exercise once upon a time and when I look back at the pics I’m like WOW I was a different person … take it easy though mama … you’ve just had a baby! (hmmm … 14m on what’s my excuse?)

    • rouba says:

      procrastination is evil! I have so many of these pictures… remember how high energy you must have been? I don’t think I’m into the full on pump it up all week at this stage but I want to be fit and energetic… I lived up to my promise this time and I got on the elliptical this morning for not only 20 minutes but 35!! 🙂 I am on my own case… the scenery where you are must be amazing.. a nice long walk with bib?

  2. Hi Rouba
    Mabrouk! I love your new blog, the header, the feel and of course your writing.

    Keep going and let me know if you need any help with anything 🙂

    • rouba says:

      Hey John!! thanks babe… I always need all the help I can get 🙂 so rest assured I will be taking you up on that one 😀

  3. Racha Zeidan says:

    What advise do you have for people who have lost touch with their muscles because they stopped working out for years, or for older people also. How do they redevelop and reconnect with their muscles?

    Thanks sis you are doing great!

    • rouba says:

      well Racha the great thing is that there is something called muscle memory and so your body remembers! If there is a single advice I would give it is to pace yourself… you can’t rush into things and expect your body to snap back to where it was many years ago! It takes 12 weeks for your body to get into it and so slowly build up your work out.. start with as little as 15 minutes and then work your way up… gradually and slowly… mostly follow your body.. it will guide you… when you feel tired stop and when you feel you can do more go for it! 🙂

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