This past weekend I challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone and experience something that I’ve never done before. If you’ve been following along via social media you’re aware that my friends and I took a short trip to Hamilton, Ontario to part take in some outdoor activities.
With that being said, I’m excited to share with you all the third instalment of my #LiveBeautifully
lifestyle series in collaboration with Lacoste
. This time around I wanted to highlight the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, specifically the importance of being active and the benefits of eating healthy.
The last few weeks, we’ve been having beautiful weather so I wanted to find something that my friends and I could participate in that wasn’t apart of our regular physical activities (running, training, basketball) that still allowed us to catch up and be social. My creative partner suggested that we head over to Hamilton and go on a hike and that’s exactly what we did. I’m a city boy so I never really thought of hiking to be my ‘thing’ but after talking to my friends and seeing how enthusiastic they were about it, I was down to try it out and face my fear of heights!
We made our way over to Dundas Peak and Webster’s Falls which are both equally beautiful. It’s crazy to think that places like this have been so close by to us and it’s the first time we visited them.
The hike itself was great for a beginner. It wasn’t super long and had a lot of moments where you wanted to stop and take photos allowing you to take short breaks. We made it to the peak and decided to set up shop to eat our lunches courtesy of Belmonte Raw
and take in the view.
It was a hot day and my friends and I know the importance of staying hydrated and consuming the right types of food when being active. We all had specially made raw organic meals that were full of nutrients and vitamins to keep us happy and energized, along with juices and plenty of water. My favourite juice this time around was ‘Hydrate’
– it has activated charcoal, alkaline water, lemon and coconut sugar which is great for post workouts. It’s also great for hangovers but we’ll save those details for another post!
This was my first hike and I couldn’t of thought of a better group of friends to experience this with. We laughed, caught up on life and documented the experience through video and photos. Check out the video below to get a glimpse into our experience.
Video Directed by: Alexander Brian Kim
& Photography by: Shayna Desir
for Christian Confidential
You guys know that I may not know the most about outdoors and or hiking but I do know a thing or two about fashion. I couldn’t talk about living beautifully and not mention my footwear or apparel. Call me crazy but hike or no hike, crisp white sneakers get me all the time. I decided to wear my new Ampthill LCR SPM
sneakers on this hike and they provided me with the right amount of comfort and stability to run around with my friends all day. If you’re not as much of a risk takers as I am to wear white on a hike, they also offer them in a grey colour way with red accents. The thing that I love about Lacoste and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before is that they offer classic pieces that no matter what you’re doing (hiking, golfing, brunch, the movies) you always look sharp, which to me is what I call living beautifully!
I had such a great time on this little adventure and I hope that it encourages you all to be more active and to try new things! Be active, eat clean, explore new places, wear nice clothes and shoes while doing it all!
If you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen that last week I was appointed the title of a #BRawAgent and participated in a 5 day juice cleanse. This wasn’t my first juice cleanse but it was my longest by an additional two days. Having worked with the brand in the past ‘The Circle’ – luncheon and ‘Sweat With Christian’, I knew that I was in good hands. Everyday, I was delivered a fresh batch of organic cold pressed juice between the hours of 5am and 8am with a schedule and guidelines on when to consume them. I followed the schedule and consumed a lot of water in between juices and went on with my day. The only real adjustment that I made was to my workout regimen. I brought down the intensity of my workouts to accommodate the amount of calories that I was consuming.
The main benefit of being on a juice cleanse is to give your digestive system a break from it’s everyday heavy duties of breaking down solid foods. In addition to giving your digestive system a break a lot of people lose weight, release toxins and gain glowing skin from being on a cleanse. I didn’t lose much weight but my skin does look and feel better. One thing I do really like about being on a cleanse is that because you follow a schedule, once completing it, you tend to continue out of habit. The last few days post cleanse, I’ve been eating earlier, more regularly and consuming more water.
If you’re in the market for a juice cleanse I would recommend trying out Belmonte Raw. If you’re a beginner, I think three days is sufficient as I found the 4th day really difficult but because I’m super stubborn I continued until the end. If you don’t think a cleanse is right for you, try incorporating juices into your diet. The nutrients that you can get from one juice is the equivalent to sometimes eating pounds of fruits and vegetables, which most of us never do. For more information and to see the various types of cleanses that you can participate in visit BelmonteRaw and let them know that I sent ya!
Last friday, Catalyst Health & Christian Confidential hosted an intimate fitness event titled ‘Sweat With Christian.’ If you’re at all like me, I find it a bit harder to stay on track with my workout schedule during the colder months and rely on group classes to help keep me motivated when I can’t necessarily find it within myself. Danielle from Catalyst & I came up with a wicked workout routine with a focus on legs and cardio for the #SweatWithChristian attendees. Did I mention that the 1 hour workout was fuelled by nothing but the best from Beyoncé?! Take a glimpse into what went down at Sweat With Christian.
Some of the beautiful attendees of Sweat With ChristianThe new Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 Mezzo Print shoes – great traction & flexibility provided for circuit/cross training.
“There’s a difference between interest & commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you only do it when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard
Thank you to Belmonte Raw – our official hydration sponsor for ensuring that we received all of the right nutrients post workout with their ‘Strength‘ juice. Strength juice is made up of grapefruit & spirulina – which provides consumers with the right amount of protein, vitamin C & amino acid to help repair & rebuild muscles.
Thank you to all those that came out to the first instalment of ‘Sweat With Christian’ – everyone put forth their best efforts and really killed the workout! I can’t wait to do it all over again with you guys! Special thank you to Danielle, Catalyst Health, Zero Productions, Nike & Belmonte Raw for helping put this event together with Christian Confidential.
Until next time,