Early in the morning - 6 a.m you will see many people walking up and down and excercising.
It is something that I love doing when I am at a beach resort as well. People get up so early because after 10 the sun is burning hot and it is dangerous.
You will see people walking again late in the aftrnoon a little before the sun sets.
There are beautiful long beaches on the island, so start dreaming about them!
Equipment: A pair of neakers, a cap and a pair of glasses are what you need.
A good sun tan lotion as well.
Total Luxury in a Tranquil Environment – I highly recommend it!
I came across the Eden Spa during my stay at the E Hotel Spa and Resort in Perivolia. The little village of Perivolia is found very close to Larnaca and very close to the Air Terminal. I found the Spa unbelievably beautiful and I feel that I should write a separate review to that of the E Hotel since it functions as an independent business.
The Spa takes you to a world of total luxury, style and taste, in a tranquil environment. It takes after its name and literally it is exactly "the Eden" Spa that worth a praise.
There was a special discount on this amazing massage that I had, so I decided to surrender myself to the absolute bliss and let Natasha my therapist do her miracle! I relied completely on her skillful and professional hands and I truly felt a different person when the treatment was over.
The fully equipped Gym and Leisure Facilities are complimentary for members who are registered, and for the hotel guests. Many locals from Larnaca and the district are registered members and they can enjoy these facilities daily. The Spa is very popular in the area and I am glad that even though I am back I see through the net that the Spa has special packages on offer quite frequently.
The Spa is simply amazing and it includes Ladies and Men Locker rooms with showers, Sauna, Steam Rooms, Outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, Hydro Massage Oxygenated pool and outdoor showers and relaxation areas.
Members can enjoy a 10% discount on all Spa treatments, and have unlimited use of the Hydro massage Oxygenated pool, the outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, and unlimited use of the Sauna and Steam rooms.
When my treatment was over, Katarina the lady at the reception gave me a handful of samples of products used in the Spa just before leaving. It was a nice surprise and a nice treat from the Spa. They were beautifully wrapped in a silk packet tied up with orange string.
I highly recommend that guests of the E Hotel should definitely visit the Spa. From my own experience stress and tension simply floats away. The managing Director is Mrs. Elena Bukreyeva.
Cyprus is a great location for training for triathlons as you can swim, bike and run year round as well as visit one of the many fitness centers for lifting weights. Also there are a lot of triathletes here as well, so you'll be able to hook up with one for training advice or for working out together.
I am by no means an expert. I will simply post my workout regime here as a suggestion or for comments.
Training Regime for Triathlons or General Strength and Endurance
2 - 3 times per week
30 - 45 minutes
alternate between longer runs and shorter runs
you can go for a longer run up to one hour or 1 1/2 hours
but only after you have built-up a good base
no more than once per week or once every two weeks
as recovery time is too long
try to work in some hills
2 - 3 times per week
20 - 30 minutes
up to 45 minutes if it is your only sport that day
alternate between longer, slower swims and shorter, harder swims
alternate between front crawl only days and
between swims using front crawl, breast stroke and back crawl
to make sure you use all your muscles in different combinations
I avoid butterfly due to shoulder tendenitis and it is hard on the back
But you can do butterfly kick using a flutter board
2 - 3 times per week
20 - 30 minutes
will need some longer rides for triathlon training, but not
necessary for general fitness training
if in the fitness studio alternate between harder and lighter workouts
if outside try to work in some hills
try to get your heart rate between 65 - 85% of your maximum
for burning fat and an aerobic workout
any faster and the workout becomes anaerobic
sit-ups as well as stretching
usually will do my leg weight training on the sameday as cycling
Equipment: Weight Training
2 - 3 times per week
45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours
large muscle groups back, chest, shoulders, lateral muscles, biceps, triceps
important: work out light, more reps, less weight
too much weight will lead to joint problems such as inflamed tendons
for general fitness it is not important
and for endurance sports actually is not helpfull at all
start light and then work-up to benching your own
weight +/-10% for me that is 75-80 kgs
generally try to do 3X to 5X sets of 10 - 15 reps
as I am trying to build stamina as well as strength
(but 60 kgs 5X sets of 15 reps is also a lot!) ;-)
one of the largest muscle groups that works a lot of
muscles together so very important
then do 3X - 5X sets of 10 - 15 reps of
cable back pull downs (lats)
straight back seated row (back muscles/arms)
pull downs or chin-ups (arms/biceps/lats)
dips or cable push downs (triceps)
sitting down military press (opposing muscle groups)
you can use free weights/dumb bells as well depending on
what you prefer? like bicep curls for example.
work the big muscle groups first and then
use lighter weights for the smaller muscles such as bicep
and tricep that are done near the end of the workout
when you should already be tired.
sit ups as well as stretching
Legs (usually done sameday as cycling)
squats or leg press (quads/gluteus maximos)
lying leg curls (hamstrings/gluteus maximos)
sitting leg curls (thighs/opposing muscle groups)
calf rises (calf muscles)
skipping is also a very good exercise for your calves
as well as being a cardio-vascular fat burner
The long, hard workouts are not as important as the
short, light workouts on those days when you do not have
much time or motivation as they keep you in shape for the
days when you do feel like working harder and have more
Of course, a balanced diet and plenty of sleep are important
if you want to work out hard, stay healthy and avoid sickness.
ZINOVIA is supposed to be the best dive site in Cyprus and it is certainly well visited. The day we were there, we left at about 10.00 a.m. and there were already numerous dive boats anchored above the sunken ferry located 30-40 meters below the surface.
Zinovia is an easy dive site to get to. From the 'old' Larnaca port the dive boat was there in under 10-minutes. Not a hard technical dive, Zinovia is still considered a deep dive as it lies under the 18-20 meter dive limit for those with only a Basic Open Water PADI or NAUI course.
Coming up from 30-40 meters a 3-minute stop at 5 meters is absolutely necessary to prevent the bends. Also at that depth a single tank of oxygen does not last very long, so divers need to be mindful of the depth, which can be deceptive given you have a large sunken ferry under you to distort size and therefore distance underwater, and leave enough oxygen in their tank for that mandatory 3-minute stop at 5 meters. Our dive boat dropped a full extra tank and breathing aparatus down to 5 meters just in case.
On these dive boats to popular dive sites space for divers and their equipment is at a premium. Make all adjustments to your equipment on land before you come on board. Once on board, assemble your gear, attach your BCD and breathing apparatus to your tank, and then store your complete gear under the seat where you are sitting, so it is out of everyone else's way. As the boat is rocking back and forth in the waves, keeping your balance and not falling over someone else's equipment is important.
Equipment: Before you get to the dive site itself you should already be putting on your wetsuit, so when it is your turn you are ready to go. At the dive site, quickly put your diving gear on and ready for your dive at the instructions of the dive master. Make sure you and your buddy coordinate your planned dive and check one anothers equipment as the boat is hectic and it is easy to forget something.
As Zinovia is a busy dive site with many boats in the area you need to know where to go down and where it is safe to come back up. An experienced dive master will let you know these details. Underwater there may be as many as another two dozen divers at the same site, so always follow dive etiquette and be wary of other divers on the trip down and the way back up to the boat.
Same procedure once out of the water. Disassemble your gear and stow it back under your seat. Keeping in mind that other divers are likely exiting the water behind you and they also need room on deck.
One dive at Zinovia takes about 30-40 minutes depending on your oxygen requirements with a single tank, and the return trip from harbor to dive site and back may be approximately two hours in total.
Zinovia is a good dive site. It is interesting with some large fish as well. The day we were there the water was very clean and blue and not too cold. However, due to the number of divers the bottom sediment was making the water not as clear as it might have been. I would say the earlier the better, and if you are lucky enough to be first then try to avoid touching down on the sunken ferry itself and kicking up sediment. Thanks.