How to make your workout more fun and meet your goals

1. Get the right gear

Working out is one more excuse to go shopping! While we do advocate not going overboard especially if you’re just starting out, it is essential to get some basic gear to make your workout more comfortable. A pair of supportive shoes, lightweight workout clothes, and a comfortable sports hijab are top of our list!

2. Rally your friends

The more the merrier! It’s hard to be motivated when you’re all alone but having friends not only means you’re more likely to keep to your workout schedule (because who likes a flake?) But you can also encourage and cheer on one another.

3. Pump it up

Get your favourite tracks and put on those earphones! Working out to music not only distracts you from your fatigue, it can also make you go further. Every time you feel like quitting, tell yourself you’ll work out just til the next song!

If music isn’t your thing, try listening to podcasts that interest you instead.

4. Track your progress

There are a million and one fitness tracking apps available out there. You can go for the basics which simply track your speed and progress, or try something a bit more fun! One of our favourites is “Zombies, Run!” which makes your runs into a survival game

 

5. Change it up

If you have a treadmill at home which has become your official towel hanger, or a gym membership which you only keep in an attempt to stop feeling guilty – then we suggest getting out of your norm and get a chage of air. It’s too easy to get bored running while looking at the same wall. Change it up by visiting your local parks. Make it a challenge to list down all the parks near you and try one every week. Alternatively, if you’re bored of working out outside, why not try changing it up by mixing in different activities? Instead of swimming twice a week, why not try running/zumba/cycling once a week too?

What are your fav tips, kitties?

10 basic pilates step for beginners

Pilates is a physical fitness system that builds strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine, rather than on bulking and shortening the muscles.

We teamed up with supermommy Siu Lim for a quick intro session to Pilates. If you’re thinking of getting started, why not try these 10 basic steps?

          

  

 

Road to 5k – Working my way up to my first run

My road to 5k was not easy. Ever since I was in school, I would be the first person to call in sick in every school cross country run event. We would have a 1.5km run test every year and I would make my first run straight to the school’s sick bay. From asthma attack to meticulously planned migraine or stomach ache, I pretty much managed to skip all the running tests from form 1 to form 5.

Fast forward to this day, I have been trying so hard to change that couch potato habit. Bought a full-fledged huge Nordic Track treadmill (I used it to hang my clothes). Joined the gym, hired Personal Trainer (went once). Bought an expensive pair of sport shoes (Still in the box, took it out for OOTD), Bak even went on to buy me a Dior to bribe me to join him exercise (We’re married for more than 4 years, I deserve the bag anyway) and despite all that, there is nothing to wear, I’m too busy, sakit kaki, my skin is allergic to sweat, and 10,000 other reasons to stay on the couch.

Forced opportunity came as we were designing TudungPeople new instant hijab. All this while, we always work with athletes and experienced runners. My head of operations, Wawa and her sidekick, Huna (these two are our usual guinea pig) quietly registered my name to a 5km run behind my back.

“I think the hijab has to be friendly to first time runners as well, I think I have the best research group here”

*Gulp * while holding onto my registration form

But I ain’t gonna go down alone without dragging my fellow potato heads, with me was Qera – Head of Operation & Farra-Head of Marketing. I said “Nobody will trust our design if we don’t do it ourselves!” With that, a total of 5 kitties registered for Brooks City Run. Wawa & Huna are experienced runners (also became the never stop nagging coach), but Qera, Farra and I never ran more than a km in our whole lifetime.

Exactly 6 weeks before the event, Huna started giving constant reminder from morning till night time to start practising  (face to face, whatsapp, IG DMS! Omg she’s so annoying!). Right after office hours, we walked from the office to a nearby lake, walking past A&W, (Ohh! the smell of freshly baked waffle) to start the horrifying run. I swear the last time I went to any lake for a run was when I was 3.

We started with stretching and a brisk walk to warm up. I thought to myself, hey this isn’t so bad? Until they started running and leave us behind. My kiasuness kicked in and I tried to keep up as much as I could. For once, I found out there were plenty of muscles that I never knew existed as every part of my legs were screaming for help. I ran so hard and continue running until I feel like my lungs exploded. I thought maybe I already finished 5km run until I look at my phone and see that I barely run a km…

That night, I had one of the deepest sleep of my life. My whole body switched off, I did not even dream. My body ached for 2 whole days and before the pain could subside, I forced myself to start running again. For once, I could sleep easier and I never felt more positive in my life. Many of my friends and athletes that have worked with TudungPeople congratulated me and gave me much needed tips.

I learnt that different shoes gives different results. Bak bought me a sports watch to match with a tracking app called Strava to keep track of my speed. I get to understand first hand the problems a hijabi faced while doing sports continuously. The progress was slow but I am getting stronger by each stride. I have also learnt to do basic core exercises to complement my run. From feeling dreadful every time I ran, I started enjoying it. My body feels funny when I don’t run on my scheduled days. I started using the treadmill again, and from running for twice a week, I started running every other day.

The day of the run

I could not sleep a wink. I was super nervous and scared that I would oversleep and miss the run. The starting point of this run was in Dataran Merdeka and I arrive just 15 mins short from the starting time. There were a sea of people waiting at the starting point. 2 months ago, I used to think you must be crazy to wake up early on Sunday morning to go for a run – and now I am one of those crazy people. There were even kids & babies in strollers.

As soon as the run started, I kept to my pace and did not look back. I lost my team within the first 5 mins in the sea of people. Though I did walk when I was too tired, I finished the run much faster than I ever anticipated. In the final 200m, Bak came running with his camera to record my last sprint to the finish line.

I cried as soon as I finished the run. This small achievement means a lot to me. I can never believe that I stuck to it and did not chicken out at the very last minute. This was only made possible with teamwork and constant encouragement. All the TP kitties arrived shortly one after another (Wawa & Huna ran for 10km), and we took a thousand selfie to celebrate!

That was my very first marathon experience. From researching about sports hijab, running became my new passion and most importantly, I never felt healthier! Running also made me more focused and keeps me on my toes. As I am typing this, I just registered for my first 10km run in November.

Crazy right?

We did it!

My well deserved post-run meal!

5 Awesome fitness femmes you need to follow

Looking for fitness inspiration to kickstart your healthy journey? Look no further! Here are 5 fitness femmes you need to follow to get your head in the game.

Hafiza Othman – Thriathlete/Ironman 

Nursya Jusoh – Ironman

Nabilasam – Ironman/#adidasRunnersKL

Qhouirunnisa – Freestyle Dribbler

Ain Ramli – Fitness Trainer

Subject: MARIE CLAIRE AMAZING WOMAN 2018 – Ain Ramli . Overjoyed. Overwhelmed. Over-ecstatic. I felt upon receiving this email from Marie Claire, 2 months ago. I sat down, frozen, in an awe, still rubbing my eyes, and forwarded the email to my manager. Like is it what it is? . “STRENGTH” was chosen as the theme for this year’s event, a resemblance of power of will, preserverance of determination and compassion that us woman shared in general . Selected as one among the other 10 other fantastic women, I regard this as one of my greatest achievement thus far. A small lamb among giants in their respective industries, I can only thank god for this ultimate gift. . Have a read on my interview, that should says it all. I dedicate this award to all of us, amazing women of Malaysia to keep our chin up high and keep on combating our fights and rights. . We are all strong and beautiful in our own way cause god made no mistakes, said Gaga is relevant and that reminds me to always be myself, love myself cause how else can anyone love you if you don’t love yourself first! . I guess I talked to much! Besties/Friends (you know who you are ☺️) and families, trainers and trainees, this award is for you!! Mama & babah – terima kasih sebab didik Fatin (syhhhh my manja name at home, so not 😂), Fatin sayang ma bah dunia akhirat ❤️ . But…shoutout to my @ariaputerakamal, thank you pek for everything, special dedication to our journey together, your journey to be a better you! This is for you 🥂, through thick and thin ❤️ . P/S: You guys can check the whole article on the link at bio above, i cant even recognize myself in this pic! 😂 . 🧥: @bally 👠: @bally 💎: @debeersofficial . #marieclaireamazing

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4 Best wedding gift ideas

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When wedding season rolls around, it’s good to have a stock of ideas ready for gifting the bride and groom. Giving gifts in encouraged in Islam, and I don’t know about you, but I always feel great after giving someone a gift! Here are 4 ideas to get your gift-giving juices flowing.

Unique wedding gifts

Nothing spells personal like a unique gift that truly reflects the couple you’re gifting. If you’re the crafty or artsy type, hand-making a personalised item for the couple is a great idea. If you’re not blessed with those talents, fret not, you can hire people to help you out! Monogrammed bathrobes, engraved silverware, or his and hers mugs are just some ideas.

Budget wedding gifts

There will come a time in your life where it seems like you have a wedding to attend almost every weekend. Getting gifts for everyone will feel like a burden, but you can go the budget route and still give great thoughtful gifts too! Some ideas include a classy desk clock, scented candle sets, or the ever popular glass tumbler set. Alternatively, why not go the effort route? Organise a surprise housewarming or get-together to welcome your bff’s new partner into your group of friends.

Practical wedding gifts

If the couple you’re gifting is going to be living in their own place soon after the wedding, getting them practical, house related gifts will not only ease their transition, but they’ll think of you every time they use your handy gift. We love the idea of giving re-useable tupperwares for couples who aren’t the cooking type, or small home appliances like a toaster oven or air purifier/oil diffuser will help their new house feel like home in no time.

Easy wedding gifts

Sometimes, you’re pressed for time and don’t get the chance to go shopping. That’s totally okay! Most couples would be more than happy to receive cash or vouchers which they can use at their own discretion for whatever they need. Make it more personal by including a personalised note or letter offering your congratulations and well wishes.

What are some of the best wedding gifts you’ve received or given? Let us know in the comments below!

Tips for the Hijabi Bride on her Big day

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A wedding can be a stressful event, especially if you’re a very hands-on kind of bridezilla. After all, it’s only the biggest day of your life and the beginning of a new chapter! There are a gazillion tips out there for your big day, but here are our favourite tips for the hijabi bride on her big day.

Preparation is key

This goes without saying, but preparation is everything. Make sure all major tasks are done at least a week before the wedding so you’re not frazzled with last minute running around and getting things together. Make sure you have a chart of all the wedding tasks detailed out as much as possible and distribute it to your friends and family who are helping out. For the big day, assign a contact person who would know all your vendors and important contact details. Print out copies of your wedding day itinerary too so everyone knows the event flow.

Practice makes perfect

Before your big day, make sure you have tried on your full wedding look – the dress complete with accessories, shoes, and hijab style.Make sure you’re comfortable and know what you will be needing on the actual day, such as socks, inners, pins, etc. Make sure your maid of honour knows where these are kept so she can help you get ready. Practice walking in your shoes to break them in and to get a feel of how to move in your whole outfit. Practice smiling, since you will be doing this a lot!

Old is gold

Although it’s tempting to go totally new and different on your wedding day, try to avoid it if you haven’t practiced yet. Or example, if you’re not used to wearing contact lenses, make sure you practice wearing them well before your wedding so you don’t end up having watery red eyes all day long. Similarly, make sure your makeup artist knows your go-to makeup looks so she doesn’t totally transform you into someone unrecognisable. Remember, bridal makeup is supposed to enhance you, not change you. Avoid going for intensive facial treatments 2 weeks before your wedding, as these may aggravate your skin.

Delegate

It’s tempting to micromanage your wedding, but please, don’t! If you hired a coordinator, let them know of your concerns and worries, and them trust them to handle it. Ask family and friends for help too, they would be more than happy to help if asked nicely.

Your maid of honour is not just there to look pretty, she’s there to support you and let you shine! Make a list of things you might need reminding of, such as “smile”, “don’t slouch”, or even “make sure i’m holding the bouquet the right way up!”

Tell your photographer ahead of time if you have a “good angle” and “bad angle” so he knows what to avoid and what to accentuate.

Keep calm

The night before your wedding, make sure you have plenty of rest. Apply your fav moisturizer all over your face to wake up with a glowing, soft and smooth canvas.There might be some last minute things that need settling, but let your coordinator or helpers deal with that. Remember not to eat spicy foods too, you wouldn’t want o be running to the toilet every half an hour on your wedding day!

Make lots of du’aa and recite surah al-Inshirah to calm your nerves. Do zikr and empty your mind of all the hustle and bustle and just focus on enjoying and savouring every moment. Leave the morning of your wedding day pretty empty so you are not rushed, and have plenty of buffer time to pace yourself. Minimise distractions by telling your maid of honour to kindly decline people popping in and out of your room while you get ready

When it’s time to emerge, smile, and savour the day! You’re ready to be a queen for the day, and the queen to your husband and family for a lifetime of happiness, insha’Allah