On 16th of March, Saturday, at 10:30 am a group of passionate and ambitious women are ready to make history. At the Nishat Hotel in Gulberg, the largest ever female-led fitness event will be taking place with almost 150 women grooving, dancing and moving to the tunes of tracks and songs especially prepared for the first-ever Danceathon – the title of the event itself inspired from the words Dance and Marathon. The Danceathon is a lot more than just a dance event! It’s a unique celebration of women’s day and is aimed at making a statement about women putting fitness first, putting health first, in short putting themselves first of everything else.
“This is going to be a landmark event in the history of fitness and women empowerment,” said Mahlaqa Shaukat, CEO of AimFit, a pioneering name in the field of fitness. With 4 operational locations including one in GardenTown and one in Rawalpindi, AimFit has quickly created waves with its revolutionary DanceFit classes and innovative programs such as HitFit, ComboFit, YogaFlow and HIITFIT. “This event brings together so much of what AimFit believes in from female fitness to women coming together for a cause to women putting aside everything else just to focus on themselves for a couple of hours.”
The Danceathon sold out about a week before the actual event, creating waves across the city and country with women all over tuning into their Instagram accounts to see what new tracks have been released.
This landmark event is being put together by AimFit and Scaryammi, a mothering blog which has created waves throughout Pakistan and beyond. The Original Scaryammi Ayesha Nasir met with AimFit’s Mahlaqa Shaukat at the Conference Of Inspiration in February and the seeds for danceathon were sown.
“The Danceathon embodies so much of what Scaryammi believes in,” said Ayesha Nasir. “It’s an event which celebrates ammis working together to create magic. It is also an event which is highlighting fitness for ammis and giving mothers across the city an opportunity to put their hair down and just dance.”
The primary sponsors for the Danceathon are Peak Sports and Olio Premium Oils along with Skin Studio and Milk Milk.
The orange carpet at the event is being hosted by RJ and renowned event host Sophiya Anjum while the lucky draw is being conducted by Sara Gundapur.
“I am super excited to be dancing on stage with ten of our best dancers and getting a room filled with more than one hundred women dancing and grooving in synch.” said NoorulHira Shaukat, the COO of AimFit. “I don’t think Lahore has ever experienced anything like it before.”
The team at AimFit has been working around the clock to prepare the most exciting tracks from the dancefit routines for this groundbreaking event.
Saadia Bandial, one of the participants of the Danceathon, says she has never been as excited about an event as she is about this one. “I have never ever danced in a group as large as this one and have also never been a part of glow and go activity. Super excited.”
Lahore stay tuned! The 16th of March is right around the corner.
The AKUH Launches Sports Medicine, Injury Clinic
Sportspersons’ mobility is a crucial aspect of their sporting journey. Hence, their injuries, severe or mild, require timely and specialized attention to keep their athletic dreams thriving.
The Aga Khan University Hospital celebrated the launch of its new Sports Medicine and Injury Clinic on Friday, in the presence of over 150 people. Pakistan’s celebrated sportspersons and prominent sports management personalities, including Samina Baig, Javed Miandad, Samilullah, Moin Khan, Hydro, and Jamil Chandio to name a few, gathered to commemorate the importance of focused care for sports injuries.
“I am so excited to celebrate the launch of Sports Medicine and Injury Clinic at The Aga Khan University Hospital. Sportspersons from diverse sporting fields have various types of injuries and they struggle getting complete treatment. I am happy to see the efforts by AKUH”, said Samina Baig during her keynote address. As the first Pakistani woman to climb Everest and the Seven Summits, she highlighted the honorable moment for her to raise the flag of Pakistan on these summits.
While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pervaiz Hashmi, Orthopedic surgeon and Service Line Chief, Musculoskeletal and Sports Medicine, discussed the inception and the need of Sports Medicine. “We aim to develop sub-specialties in future that cater to all types of sports-related injuries”, said Dr. Hashmi while highlighting the pivotal role of the new clinic in rendering dedicated care to sports injuries.
A panel discussion was also organized to emphasize the high-quality treatment regimen for sports related injuries. The panel included, Samina Baig, Javed Miandad, Pakistan’s cricket legend and former batsman, Hassan Sardar, former field hockey player and team captain, Samiullah, former field hockey player known as Flying Horse, Hydro, fitness instructor and founder Hydro Fit Team Studio, and Jamil Chandio, martial arts instructor and founder K7 Fitness & Kickboxing Academy. Although having diverse sports and athletic journeys, the guest panel agreed upon the need of patient-centered care for each type of sports related injury.
The efforts of the Aga Khan University Hospital to enhance its Sports Medicine services were applauded by key personalities from health and fitness and sports management arena. “I am so delighted to see that The Aga Khan University Hospital has continued to consistently deliver on its commitment of high-quality care, and took a step forward to establish Sports Medicine and Injury Clinic of international standards”, said Moin Khan, former wicket-keeper and batsman for Pakistan’s cricket team.
While ending the evening, Shagufta Hassan, Interim CEO, Health Services and COO, Outreach Services of the Aga Khan University Hospital, spoke about its commitment to the development of new services in response to public expectations. “Today’s launch is an example of our commitment to cater to the evolving needs of our community and younger generation and provide a comprehensive solution for injury management”, said Ms. Hassan.
Mouthwatering delights: Tempting treats by Mahena
Tempting Treats by Mahena is a home based food caterer who has been in this business for the last 10 years. Now back with a bang after a well earned break, we bring to your tables the latest and international cuisines to tantalize your tastebuds. And for all of you out there on a Keto diet – don’t you worry, they have you covered! They can make treats for you by keeping all the macros and calories counted and measured to a tee. Don’t forget to check out their Instagram and Facebook page!
1. Keto Granola
Crunchy, nutty clusters of wholesome goodness. It can be eaten in a handful and it’s equally delicious if you top it with some greek yogurt, almond milk, coconut milk, and a handful of berries.
2. Thai Green Curry with red chillies topped with fresh basil and spring onions.
3. Burmese Khowsuey
Noodles covered in creamy Coconut Chicken Curry and served with a variety of crunch and spicy toppings.
4. Keto Pizza
Those of you who can’t have carbs because of Keto, don’t you worry we have you covered with our delicious Keto Pizza!
5. Chocolate Buttercream Cake
Adorned with macarons, fresh flowers and fondant accents, customized just the way you like it!
Transforming Mind and Body
Losing weight can seem like an enormous task, so how does on begin this journey to transform their mind and body? We sat face to face with blogger Hadiyya Aazer and asked her what motivated to take on the task to transform her lifestyle.
Whats inspired you to begin this transformation journey?
I have been overweight my entire life. When I turned 30 last year, it hit me that if I dont control it now, my health issues could become a serious problem. What can I say, I decided to change my habits and put my hundred percent into evolving my lifestyle.
Where have you been training?
My personal trainer is Haseeb Mirza at Evolution fitness. He is amazing and has a certain rhythm in the gym. He has been a great supporter and motivator through all of this.
What does your usual workout routine look like?
It is a mix of weight training, cardio and Abs, which is necessary for me. It is essential to work according to your bodies needs and stamina and create a tailor made workout to assure its effectiveness.
What kind of a diet do you follow?
My diet is eating in small portions after every 2 hours. All in all 5 controlled meals over the day.
What is your goal ?
I am aiming to reach 65kgs soon!
What advice would you give to someone struggling with weight issues?
Don’t give up! Will power is key and once you’ve decided to take the necessary steps, nothing can stop you. Take it step by step, but eat healthy and work out. Ive lost almost 40 kg in a years time, slow and steady wins the race!
How does it feel losing so many dress sizes?
One can only imagine fantastic! I have never imagined myself wearing jeans and dresses. It feels so good to wear clothes that I’d never imagined I could.
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