Staying fit during Ramadan with Red Bull athlete Shaikha Al Qassemi

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These exercises are great to do half an hour before breaking your fast if your goal is to kick-start that fat burning process.

However, if you do feel drained or tired, fuel up and have a Red Bull to get you pumped an hour or two after Iftar.

Since we have very limited hours in the evening to replenish, I suggest you have a glass of water at least every hour. Many have the tendency to drink a lot of water at suhoor, this will not keep you hydrated all day, it will just increase the trips to the toilet.

Make sure you always have a bottle of water or glass to keep yourself hydrated.

Finish all the movements then allow yourself a minute’s rest and repeat one more time. In total, it should take you only 12 minutes.

Click here to see my first set of exercises

EXERCISE 2: 5 ROUNDS OF 12 REPS EACH WITH ONE MINUTE REST AFTER EACH ROUND

BULGARIAN SQUATS

Bulgarians look quite similar to lunges, however have a longer stance. Move your front leg a bit more forward and lower your back knee down and stand up for one rep.

PUSH-UPS

Start in plank position. Keep your hands close to your sides and keep elbows in as you lower your chest to the ground and push back up. For an easier option keep your knees on the ground. Make sure your back is always straight and body is tight to avoid worming up.

STEP-UPS

Place a step or elevated surface in front of you, take a step with your right foot and lift your left knee up to your chest for one rep.

ALTERNATING SINGLE LEG V-UPS

Lay on the floor, make sure your lower back is pressed against the floor, if there is space place an mat or towel. Raise your leg up and use the opposite hand to reach forward and touch your toes for one rep.

EXERCISE 3: 5 ROUNDS, 30 SECONDS WORK AND 30 SECONDS REST

JUMPING LUNGES

Start in a lunge with both legs 90 degree angle, push off the ground and switch legs mid-air and land for one rep.

BURPEE BROAD JUMP

Start from standing, lower yourself to the ground with hands, chest and hips all on the ground. Push yourself up and jump to a squat then jump about 1m for one rep. Turn around and repeat for second rep.

SQUAT HOLD

Start with feet shoulder width apart, lower your hips back and down into a squat position. Hold for 30s preferably without your hands or elbows resting on your legs.

SIT-UPS

Sit on the ground and bring your feet together. Lower your upper body back and touch above your head, sit up and touch your feet for one rep.

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These exercises are great to do half an hour before breaking fast if your goal is to kick start that fat burning process.

However, if you do feel drained or tired, fuel up and have a Redbull to get you pumped an hour or two after Iftar.

Since we have very limited hours in the evening to replenish, I suggest you have a glass of water at least every hour. Many have the tendency to drink a lot of water at suhoor, this will not keep you hydrated all day, it will just increase the trips to the toilet!

Make sure you always have a bottle of water or glass to keep yourself hydrated.

Finish all the movements then allow yourself a minute’s rest and repeat one more time. In total, it should take you only 12 minutes.

LUNGES

Basic Lunges: Step forward make your front and back leg is at a 90 degree angle then step back to stand and switch legs.

Jumping lunges: Start with one leg in front, jump and switch so you land on opposite leg in the front.

PLANK

Basic Plank: With hands under your shoulders, hold a push up position with your legs straight and back straight. Make sure you are engaging your core.

Plank up downs: Start on your hands then one arm at a time, bring one elbow down, then the next then push back up where you started.

AIR SQUATS

Feet are shoulder width apart, bring your hips back and down below parallel and back up for one rep. Do as many as you can. If these feel easy, do jumping squats.

BURPEES

Starting position standing, bring your hands, chest and hips to the ground then jump back up for one rep.

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The great thing about practising yoga is that you can pretty much do it anywhere – just roll up your mat and go. And if you have as bad a case of wanderlust as Yogi Lina Zoghaib does, then your yoga mat has probably already racked up some serious miles.

After discovering yoga eight years ago, the Yogi Truck founder has taken her practice on the road to share the beauty of meditation and travel with the Dubai masses.

“I discovered yoga in 2009 through a friend of mine. I was going through a very rough time back then and she asked me to join her for a class. I loved it, so I started travelling to learn from different yoga schools – Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bali, India – and in 2014 I quit my job altogether and got certified as a yoga teacher,” says Zoghaib.

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“Through lots of meditation and practice, I really developed such a clear mind, ideas were flowing, and that’s how Yogi Truck came to me,” she says. “I love travelling and I love yoga so I wanted to combine both.








“It started with a simple page on Facebook where I’d post wherever it was I was going to be that day offering community classes. Very often this was on the beach (Jumeirah Public Beach) and my little community has been slowly growing ever since.”

Journey of discovery: Yogi Truck founder Lina Zoghaib. Journey of discovery: Yogi Truck founder Lina Zoghaib.

Yogi Truck has come a long way from the beach and today combines asana with an array of exciting outdoor activities to be found across the UAE and beyond as well. All her meetups are geared towards introducing the average Joe and Jane to yoga culture and so all ages and levels are welcome.

“I love showing people another side of life, and my weekend retreats have included things like hiking and camping, cycling, we might have a bit of a barbecue, maybe do some canyoning…,” shares Zoghaib, who also teaches in traditional studio settings, such as Dubai’s 136.1 centre (in case you were looking for something a little more low-key).

“I love taking people out to other emirates like Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah, as well as to Oman; they’re so full of nature. And I definitely plan to explore Abu Dhabi and Al Ain more this year, too.”

Desert life: Zoghaib encourages people to explore the Desert life: Zoghaib encourages people to explore.

Occasionally, Yogi Truck does spread its wings to take people on retreats further afield too, and she recently led a spiritual staycation in Dharamsala, India, home to the Dalai Lama.

“There we did daily hikes, explored local food, yoga and sunset meditation. It was really fascinating. I can’t wait to do more of these.

“I find that in the UAE, people tend to stick to the malls, clubs and restaurants. The aim of Yogi Truck is just to get more people off of their couches and out of their comfort zone.”

www.yogitruck.com


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