“We create our own wellness with a strong heart, happy souls and hard work, which always pays off,” says Sara Taha, one of Cairo’s front-running fitness specialists, a Nike Ambassador, and the founder of My Fitness Scout. We caught up with the inspiring scout to chat about all things health, wellness, and fitness related.

Tell us all about My Fitness Scout – what it is and what you offer.
My Fitness Scout is a fitness entity that provides customized fitness and nutrition programs dedicated to meet participants’ goals. We aim to deliver on going premium quality of health and fitness services and advice. We are not restricted to delivering just that, but to creating a healthy community with a firm belief system that health does not have to decline with age – health and fitness are primary components of well being, and with improved lifestyle experiences, we strive toward an optimal state of well being.

The range of services we offer are varied, including: Pre and post-natal programs; Personalized group training sessions; Customized nutrition plans; and Educational workshops. Pilates as well as Senior/Older Adults Exercise Programs will be coming soon.

What makes My Fitness Scout distinguishable from other fitness providers in Egypt?
Our programs are highly focused on quality over anything else. We offer customized programs to meet every clients’ need, providing on going progress assessments. The programs are tailored according to each individual, paying special attention to clients’ weaknesses. We also target another niche market, exclusively offering pre and post -natal exercise and nutrition programs for all mothers and mothers-to-be.

How did you get into the fitness industry?
Ever since I was a kid, I enjoyed sports and fitness and I was always involved in different sports. I was always committed to working out regularly but with very basic knowledge.

I got into the whole fitness industry after taking my very first fitness course, which got me hooked to the science behind exercise and training. This motivated me to further learn about fitness. The more I learned, the more passionate I became, and from there I pursued training and offering well-being services as my career.

What are your biggest personal challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle?
I would say maintaining consistent proper nutrition is one of my biggest challenges. It is easy to for me to always train, but it is not easy to be consistent in the quality of food all the time. I try my best to focus on the quality of food that enters my body rather than the quantity. When I feel I have slacked off for a few days I tend to balance it out by reestablishing my focus on high quality nutritious food for the remaining week.

What is your favorite health spot in Cairo to eat at?
I prefer not to limit myself to specific places, but I do have favorite dishes in different places. Off the top of my head, I love Gaby’s Quinoa Salad and inSeason’s customized Salads.

What healthy habits do you have for starting your day?
Drink a full bottle of water, workout and get exposed to some Vitamin D everyday!

Do you agree with some that say that the booming fitness scene in Egypt is just a fad and will not last?
I completely disagree. I think it’s the exact opposite. I actually think this is just the beginning. People are becoming healthier and more aware of their lifestyle choices, and more and more people are starting to become aware of the amazing benefits of exercise on their body.

What is the biggest mistake you see people make while you’re coaching?
It is usually performing an exercise with incorrect form. But that is exactly what we are there for – to avoid and correct these types of mistakes to avoid any kind of possible injuries.

Tell us a common misconception about health and fitness that you commonly hear.
Spot reduction is one of the most misconceptions I come across. A lot of people think they can lose weight from just a specific part of their body, which is a complete myth. You lose a percentage of body fat from the entire body.

Another common misconception is the idea of repeatedly performing ab exercises for a flatter belly. This just strengthens the abdominal muscles but it does not reduce the fat covering your abs.

What are the best exercises for effective fat loss, in your opinion?
It is an equation rather than an exercise.

Cardio +Weight Training +Proper Nutrition + Consistency = Effective Fat Loss.

What is the one advice you would give to someone who is just starting out in fitness?
Be Consistent, be patient. Change doesn’t happen over night, but when it does happen, it transforms your life.

We could not have said it better ourselves. Now where are my running shoes?

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