Five ways to mix up your health and fitness routine for the rest of 2017

A look at some different ways to mix up your training to stay motivated this winter in the UAE.

David Cooper
by David Cooper
3rd September 2017

article:3rd September 2017

Don’t let 2017 be the year when you’re looking back complaining about not achieving certain goals or mixing up your fitness routine.

To help, here are five ways to mix up your training programme to make a happier finish to the year.


GROUP CLASSES

There are plenty of excellent group fitness classes daily around Dubai and Abu Dhabi – with the chance to train either before work in the morning or the evening time.

All it takes is 50 minutes for a training session to make you feel mentally and physically sharp.

It may take a while to find a class that suits you, but if you go with friends, it’ll make it easier and more enjoyable.

The benefits of committing to a group class is that you’ll get pushed harder than an average training session on your own.

If you want to be committed to a class then book into 10 classes for a set fee and that will force you to go on a daily basis.

RUN

Although we’re not blessed with long stretches of sunlight in the evening, you can run any time of the day over here.

If you’re eyeing up the Dubai Marathon in January or any event across the calendar year, you should take advantage of the weather as it slowly cools down.

Wherever you live across the UAE, there are plenty of running routes available (check out pick of the best in Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

If you want to take it a bit more seriously, then invest in a sports watch or heart rate monitor which can be linked to many free apps on your IPhone (MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun).

OUTDOOR WORKOUTS

Depending on where you are living around Dubai, there are many outdoor workout stations to train for free, ex: Skydive Dubai, Al Barsha Park, and the Marina.

You don’t need fancy equipment and having simple tools like pull-up bars, dip bars make it easier to put a tough workout together.

If you’re unsure of exercises you can do that require minimal equipment then google circuit workouts.

YOGA

Yoga is incredible popular in the UAE, and this was seen during the Reebok Yoga Fest and Dubai Fitness Fest last year.

It has so many benefits, from reducing the risk to injury to increasing muscle strength and flexibility.

There are lots of yoga classes available and can act as a different form of training if you are doing cardio and other sports.

JOIN A SPORTS TEAM

Being part of a sports club is the best way to keep fit and make friends. Spending one to two evenings a week with a team is a great method of socialising, keeping fit in a fun environment, and most importantly, taking your mind off the stressful demands of the working week.

Whether you’re in a new country or looking for a lifestyle change at home, being part of a team is one of the best ways to boost happiness and stay healthy.


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