LAHORE: The largest ever-female led fitness event took place on Saturday, 16th March, at Nishat Hotel in Gulberg located on Khursheed Kasuri Road. This event was co-organized by mothering blog Scaryammi and Fitness Studio AimFit which was sponsored by Peak Sports, Olio Premium Oils, Omer Rasool Events, Gymboree, Greenhouse, Faiza Amjad, Mosh Diaries, Skin Studio, Ali Khan, Milk Milk, The Million Shades Of Life, Fashion Forever, Daily Paperazzi, Pakistan Today, Paperazzi, Rubia Moghees and WCCI Lahore.
More than 150 women showed up early on Saturday morning, dressed up in customized Danceathon t-shirts with hashtags of the event printed at the back.
“This event is the most fantastic fitness event I have ever attended,” said Amber Saleem, who has recently started becoming conscious about her health and fitness. “I can’t believe the energy and crazy vibe in this room.”
The Dancethon event is the brainchild of the founders of AimFit Mahlaqa Shaukat and Noor Ul Hira Shaukat and the founder of Scaryammi Ayesha Nasir.
“At AimFit our aim is to make fitness more fun than it has ever been before,” said Mahlaqa Shaukat, CEO of AimFit. “We try and make workouts fun and exciting and our entire modus operandai is based on not having a boring workout.”
AimFit is one of the fastest growing fitness enterprises in the country with 4 operational locations with one in Islamabad. Danceathon is the first ever large-scale fitness event that AimFit has organized.
Scaryammi, which is only 4 months old, is a mothering platform, which has taken the parenting world by storm. The blog and community platform hold regular events that are targeted towards building a community of moms both online and on the ground.
“Scaryammi is all about adding real value to the lives of mothers,” said Ayesha Nasir, the Original Scaryammi. “For the entire month of March our theme is #fitammi and we are geared towards promoting fitness and wellness amongst mothers. The Danceathon event is the coming together of everything we believe in: an event dedicated to health and fitness for mothers.”
The Danceathon event is inspired by the GLOW & GO dance events that take place all over the world. Each participant of the Danceathon event received glow sticks and glow paint to heighten the excitement of the event.
“This event isn’t just about fitness and dance,” said Noor-ul-Hira Shaukat, the COO of AimFit. “It’s about having fun doing something that is exciting, invigorating and will get your heart pumping and muscles moving.”
For most of the contestants, the Danceathon is their first ever large-scale fitness event that ran almost like a dance marathon.
Naureen Bilal, who was super excited about the Danceathon and was practicing steps for a couple of days before, said this event had inspired her to focus on fitness.
“I have had so much fun dancing and doing this workout,” she said. “This is the most fun I have had in a very long time and that too while I was moving and grooving. What could be better?”
The exuberance of the event was visible from the word go. Festivities kicked off with the orange carpet, where interviews were being held by the always enchanting Sophiya Anjum. This was followed by dance madness in the hall where dozens of women were doing squats, moving their bodies and following the moves of the dance leaders on stage.
“I am having a blast,” said a breathless Mariam Ali, as she tried hard to follow the moves being done by Zahra Ahmed, the Program Lead for DanceFit on the stage. “This is so exciting and invigorating.”
The DanceFit ace team who lit up the stage with their moves, their steps and their energy choreographed the Danceathon dances and moves.
“We put together our coolest and most insane dance tracks to bring this event together,” said Mona, an instructor at AimFit and one of the dance leads on stage.
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.
Your one-stop guide to fitness in Pakistan
There is no arguing that Pakistan has been hit with a wave of fitness culture in the past few years and staying healthy has become a top priority in todays world. With our ever evolving lifestyles, it is essential to always stay up to date with changing trends, eat clean and make sure our bodies are in shape. With the emergence of diets like the ‘Keto’ and multiple focused fitness centers, it has become somewhat of a task to figure out what’s effective for you.
Pakistani writer Sarah Kamal Muggo recently wrote her first book, Fitness Fun, Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pakistan! This book is a great resource for people looking to improve their health by making sound lifestyle choices.
This book is a carefully vetted compilation of exercise tips, fitness goals and nutrition advice. It’s a God sent for those who don’t have a grip over how our body responds to different environments, especially in Pakistan where there is a scarcity of authentic information!
It will take you through interviews with top fitness trainers from around Pakistan as they talk about health routines and dietary advice.It won’t ask you to starve yourself, rather teach you that a regulated diet and healthy training is the only road to a fit body and mind.
This first of its kind book will be launching TODAY in Lahore – 19th April at Sukh Chayn in Lahore at 4 pm. To catch Sarah face to face, don’t forget to drop by!
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