Exercise

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If you’ve seen my previous articles then hopefully you started to drink more water. Last week we talked about being aware of your breathing. Now it’s time for exercise!

I think everyone knows how important exercise is, and what benefits it will bring you. So why do we so often choose to wait until we have to lose weight before starting exercise? Or why do we choose to go to the doctor and have to take pills? Why wait until it comes to this?

Do you know that when you are exercising regularly you can actually prevent many illnesses? And you will feel much better, you will think much more positive thoughts, you will sleep better, fell stronger, have more energy. And you will actually even continue burning more calories even after you finish your workout.

Exercise is your medicine!

By exercising you are making an investment in your future. And you don’t need to go crazy, just choose one exercise to start off with – you can choose to walk for half an hour every day, or just stretch a little, or maybe you’d like to go to the gym and join a group class. If there’s something you especially enjoy then definitely choose that, it will be easier to keep motivated if it’s something you really like doing. But you need to choose one. If you don’t have a lot of time then try just 10 jump jacks and 10 squats every morning. But the key is to do it every single day for a month. If you try enough, and you keep going, then your daily exercise will become a habit and it won’t be hard any more, you’ll want to do it. You will soon see the benefit, and that will make you want even more to keep going, and even increase your exercise.

You will feel awesome!

Do your exercise just for YOU. Don’t think about losing weight, do it for your soul. Often we forget to this, we forget to respect our soul.

Let’s take that first step together, right now! In my next article I’m going to start getting into some specific exercises that you will love!

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competition history

Ayda competes regularly in fitness competitions and is currently preparing for the 2023 North American championships.

NPC North American Championships, 2022
NPC North American Championships, 2022
NPC North American Championships, 2022
CPA Toronto, 2021

You’ve probably heard so many people say “I love what I do”, BUT in my case I can truly say it from my heart. I’ve competed in sports all my life, but it wasn’t so long ago that I really understood that actually I can only ever compete with myself.

“You are perfect, until compare yourself with someone else”

I started contest prep in 2011, and since then I didn’t stop competing. In some competitions I got first place, in some it went not so well, but every competition that I prepared for taught me something more about myself and helped me take the correct direction, which I believe has shaped my work and my life in such a positive way.

When I competed in my first bikini competition I had just moved from my home country Turkey to Canada, and was getting used to the Canadian lifestyle — and, of course, the language too, which was the hardest part for me. I always wanted to do a fitness or bikini competition, but when I was still in Turkey the work and cultural differences made it so hard to do.

So I was in Vancouver BC, working at Steve Nash Fitness Club, and one of my co-workers, who was a competitor herself, asked me “why you are not competing?” I started asking myself and questioning if I could do it? I’d never done anything like it before… Maybe you’re asking yourself the same questions right now! Of course I told myself “absolutely, I can’’. And my competition journey began!

Each show that I competed in gave me more knowledge about my body, and how I can improve. Of course, it’s not easy to correctly identify what’s missing with training and nutrition, and this learning process and all of the experiences pushed me to learn more… I’ve been a personal trainer since 1993, but I wanted more and began my nutrition studies. I finished my Comprehensive Nutrition and Sports Nutrition degrees.

And yes, I am still competing! You can see a list of all of the competitions that I’ve competed in further down this page. And right now, AGAIN, I am getting ready for my next show…!

I’ll warn you right now, it wasn’t easy at all. The easiest part was the training, which was already part of my daily life. But posing, dieting, supplementation, getting a bikini, finding a trainer… This was much tougher, not the mention the cost for the registration, jewelry, tanning, hair and make-up, they cost a lot too. 

But I wouldn’t let anything stop me, and right after my first show — WBFF in May, 2011 — I immediately started looking for the next show to compete in. I was hooked!

I am so happy to be able to help other competitors who are willing to work and improve their mind and health at the same time. My goal is to create healthy and happy bikini competitors, who want to challenge themselves and put in the work that needs to be done to reach their goals. There is really no easy way to get there… But there is a smart way.

I look forward to working together and sharing my knowledge with YOU to get you in the best shape of your LIFE!!!!! 

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