Health and Fitness: Start your day at the Mall of the Emirates for an active workout

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There’s even more reason to visit the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai considering they will be hosting a series of free fitness classes before the shops even open.

As part of its commitment to engage the community in a healthy and active lifestyle. Mall of the Emirates’ MOE ACTIVE will host complimentary fitness classes throughout the week offering a variety exercise options to suit varied fitness levels.

The classes will be held before store opening hours at 08:30, from Sunday to Thursday, allowing participants to partake in an invigorating workout then enjoy the mall’s dining, shopping, entertainment and leisure options.

Whether you’re a fitness enthusiast or want to start living a healthier lifestyle, the exclusive daily classes have been carefully curated with fitness professionals at FlyWheel Dubai and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy an exercise routine in a stunning location to beat the summer heat.

There are various classes to choose from that will focus on different work-outs.

FLYWHEEL

An experience crafted by Ruth Zukerman, the legendary instructor and driving force behind the New York indoor cycling phenomenon. Lasting a total of 45 minutes, the class, which is held every Tuesday at 08:30 at Ski Dubai’s foyer, includes climbs and descents, while you can also work your arms with weighted bars. It will be an experience, that will challenge your body and relaxes your mind.

To get you in the beat is the music which is an integral part.

Playlists are created by instructors who choreograph their own classes, syncing their rides to the beat, assuring a fresh ride every time, and showing a little glimpse of their unique personalities. In this session, the instructor will lead the way, suggesting target resistance levels to strive for.

Not only do you set your Flywheel bike to the positions that fit your body and comfort levels, but you control your “tech-pack”. Each bike has a tech-pack that displays your resistance, your speed and your power output, which will help you know how you’re performing.

FLYBARRE

Held every Wednesday at 08:30 at Ski Dubai’s foyer, the total-body sculpting class blends light weight training with core strengthening exercises to create the ultimate toning experience. Led by a motivating instructor, FlyBarre is a fun, high-energy workout that quickly tones and strengthens muscles.

Routines are switched up frequently, so even though you are always concentrating on arms, core, thighs, and glutes, you will not be guaranteed to get bored. As the perfect complement to Flywheel, FlyBarre completes your full body workout and the perfect cardio and strength training.

MALL WALKERS AND MALL CIRCUITS 

Focusing on the stretching, the Mall Walkers and Mall Circuits programmes will see you walk in circuits throughout the malls, with an instructor demonstrating stretching routines as well as interval training stops throughout the course. The Mall Walkers takes place every Sunday at 08:30, while the Mall Walkers Circuit is every Monday at the same time.

Speaking of the programme, Hussain Moosa, director for Mall of the Emirates, said: “At Majid Al Futtaim we strive to deliver great moments for everyone, every day that go above and beyond simply a shopping experience and MOE ACTIVE is a perfect example of how we deliver on our commitment to engage the wider community and encourage well-being.”

To reserve your spot, mat or bike, visit www.malloftheemirates.com/moe-active.

WHAT: Free MOE Active fitness sessions
WHERE: Mall of the Emirates
WHEN: On-going

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Your guide to planning the perfect meal and what to eat before, during and after your workout

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Mix it up: A balanced meal plan can really help.

Ask almost anyone struggling with their fitness, health, weight loss or sports performance goals what the hardest part to perfect is and they’d probably say it’s the nutrition. But it’s one thing to hear the advice and another to heed it.

That’s why it was with such gratitude that we sat down to a proper hands-on workshop on food planning for performance held by ActiveLife by Daman this week.

The health insurance company has paired up with arts space Warehouse421 and healthy catering company and cooking school, Lana’s Partiperfect to host a couple of interactive kitchen talks and tutorials over the summer.

At the last one, not only did we have heaps of helpful notes and handouts to take away with us for effective meal planning, but we also got to learn to make and taste a few inspired recipes in the pop-up kitchen, and take our healthy treats home.

Here is some of what we learned that can also help you on your way to a better workout and to achieving sustainable peak performance levels. It comes down to meal planning; thinking ahead about what you’re going to eat and when you’re going to eat it each day.

Picking the right options can make a difference.

At the end of the day, if you don’t have a game plan then achieving your health and fitness goals is just going to seem that much more impossible. Without a plan, food choices are typically guided by feelings of extreme hunger or stress, which may cause you to eat more than your body needs.

If you already know what healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and pre- and post-workout snacks you’re in for ahead of the day or week, it gives you more breathing room to really focus your energy on other important areas of your life.

And Daman nutritionist Areen AbuHejleh believes that showing your kitchen and pantry just a tad more love on the weekends can be quite creative and fun, too.

BEFORE WORKING OUT

AbuHejleh says that what you eat before your workout is crucial for fuelling the workout itself and maximising your performance throughout, and that this meal should be had at least three-four hours prior (or 30-60mins before if it is a snack).

During the workshop you will learn to make some incredibly delicious, filling and energy-packed power snacks that will do the job really well for you. “If you work out for around 60 minutes or more and really want to build muscle and perform well for longer periods, you’ve got to make sure you eat well beforehand,” she says.

“It’s got to be something slow burning and low in fat and fibre because those foods take a longer time to get digested. “Easily-digested carbs and proteins can be found in snacks such as oatmeal with fresh fruit, apples with almond butter, Greek yoghurt or a piece of whole wheat toast with bananas and peanut butter.”

“Drink at least three glasses of water 1-2 hours before exercise (spaced out, that is); the last one can be as soon as 15 minutes prior.”

DURING YOUR WORKOUT

It’s of course important to hydrate throughout exercise, too, says AbuHejleh, maintaining gulps of water every 15-20 minutes or so.

“A gulp of water is less than a sip, really, just to hydrate your mouth. You don’t want to be chugging too much or you might get a stitch.”

And she is against the market’s popular sports drinks as many are extremely high in sugar.

She says: “Make your own sports drink at home – combine a cup of water, the juice of half a lemon, 1tsp of honey, and a pinch of salt, and you’re good to go.”

AFTER YOUR WORKOUT

Consumed 30-60 minutes post-exercise, the goal of any post-workout meal is to reduce muscle soreness and any muscle protein breakdown caused by exercise and basically enhance your overall recovery.

“You just burned a ton of calories – what should you eat? Something with complex carbs and protein,” says AbuHejleh.

“Try grilled chicken with veg and potatoes, or salmon and sweet potatoes, a veggie omelette with toast or whole wheat tuna fish sandwich. “If your goal is to lose weight, however, you could skip this particular meal. All in all just make sure you re-hydrate, whether that’s with your home-made sports drink or plain water.”

Most studies say you should get in about 8oz of water within 30 minutes post-workout, but if you tend to sweat a lot you might want to get in more.

Warehouse421 will also be hosting a workshop called Diet Myth Busters ON Sunday, August 6, from 15:00 to 17:00 at Port Zayed, Abu Dhabi.

It will touch on why most diets don’t work, what healthy eating really means and how to achieve a healthy mindset. It costs Dh50. For more information, visit their website – www.warehouse421.ae.

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Fitness and Health: With En Vogue’s Slimming Solution, you will feel the pinch

Hiba Khan 27/07/2017
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No pain, no gain for Sport360's Hiba Khan.

Slimming procedures are something people always take with a grain of salt, but we at Sport360° go the extra mile to validate the, at times outrageous, claims made by beauty and fitness centres.

Valentina Weber volunteered to act as our human guinea pig and help us test out En Vogue’s double slimming treatment that is guaranteed to show results after the first session.

The Guinot double slimming aims at reducing cellulite that gets deposited in the cutaneous folds along with excess fluid that causes the swelling in tissues by using three simultaneous actions.

The three actions are sculpting, ionisation and muscle stimulation, which supposedly gives visible results and gets the body in shape.

The treatment starts off with the beautician massaging in a generous dollop of the serum gel, which contains anti-cellulite and draining active ingredients, which penetrate to the core of cellulite.

A vacuum sculptor is then applied to the body that sucks in the skin, breaking down the fat accumulation and dispersing them at the same time.

The intensity of the suction can be regulated depending on one’s pain threshold and as the muscle gets more stimulation the fat becomes easier to eliminate.

As the sculptor moves around, it produces muscle contractions that not only tone the area, but also enhances blood circulation that further facilitates the burning up of fats.

OUR EXPERIENCE

Guinot give it a go: En Vogue’s double slimming treatment takes place in their sleek JLT studio in Dubai.

En Vogue are situated in JLT.

Before starting the procedure, we made sure to take all the necessary measurements and then got prepped for the treatment.

The treatment is nearly 45 minutes long and from what we could learn from the beautician, it focuses on the areas of the body that are more prone to fat deposition like thighs, waist and upper arms.

When the sculptor first came into contact with the skin, the suction was quite painful, but being the trooper that Valentina is, she still went through the whole procedure.

“At first the sculptor did cause a lot of pain, but after the therapist reduced the level it was bearable, but in areas like my inner thighs, which is already quite sensitive, the suction was still extremely painful,” said Valentina.

The intensity of the sculptor can be regulated and decreased as per the client’s comfort, but the intensity also depends on the amount of cellulite deposition in the body.

THE AFTERMATH

Once the procedure was over, we retook her measurements and much to our astonishment, Valentina had lost half an inch across all of them.

“I was slimy because of the serum gel and wanted to take a shower, but I could feel that my skin felt tighter. The procedure was not a painless one for me and I am sure the experience is going to be different depending on the pain threshold of each individual and the amount of cellulite, but my skin definitely felt tighter and smoother,” she added.

“However, I would not say that one can solely rely on this method for weight loss. It should definitely be paired up with a strict diet and regular exercise for better results.

After one session, I saw how toned my body got, but it’s not something I will quit the gym for. I will definitely come back here to help amplify the benefits.”

The results from the treatment spoke for itself and we can vouch for the efficacy of the procedure in producing visible results after the first session.

WHAT: En Vogue Double Slimming Treatment, Dh400 per session

WHERE: En Vogue Beauty Centre, JLT Cluster E, Dubai

VERDICT: A great way to tone your body, but it should be paired with a healthy diet and rigorous fitness regime.

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