Are you competing in any fitness events in January and February?
Here’s our top six to get involved in!
URBAN-ULTRA BIG STINKER
Friday, January 19
If you are ready for a serious challenge then this may well be the event for you.
Described as one of the toughest solo footraces in the UAE, the Urban-Ultra Big Stinker has three distances available for competitors – 15km, 30km and 45km.
Wanting to test your fitness after the New Year – then this is a must.
START TIME: 7AM
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Big Stinker
STANDARD CHARTERED DUBAI MARATHON
Friday, January 26
Over 30,000 runners are expected to take part across Marathon, 10km and 4km Fun Race distances on January 26 – the most ever to participate in the Dubai event.
Registration is still open if you wish to participate or you can still go down and watch some of the best athletes in the world in action.
In the last edition of the race, Tamirat Tola and Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia clinched men’s and women’s titles.
START TIME: 6.30AM
WADI BIH RUN
Friday, February 2 – Saturday, February 3
The profile of the Wadi Bih has increased rapidly since its inception in 1993, and this year’s 50km and 72km routes will be as tough as it gets, as tarmac roads and graded grave tracks will be part of the challenges that take you through the picturesque Hajar Mountains.
The run starts and finishes in Dibba, with the beautiful mountain surroundings of Oman serving as an ideal setting to a gruelling race. It will be an unforgettable experience!
START TIME: From 4.30am (depending on the distance)
MORE INFO: Wadi Bih Run
RAK HALF MARATHON
Friday, February 9
UAE’s premier road race returns for its 12th edition.
Since being launched in 2007, the event, which has become one of the most popular sporting competitions in Ras Al Khaimah, has gone from strength to strength, attracting thousands of competitive and community runners.
And with this year’s fast track, you can look forward to witnessing an exciting race!
START TIME: 6.45AM
MORE INFO: Rak Half Marathon
To gain a true measure of what it takes to be a world leader in any sport it's best to take a look at the numbers.
For the fastest man in the world it's Usain Bolt and 9.58 seconds while for the longest jump it's Mike Powell's 8.95m and the highest is Javier Sotomayor's 2.45m.
Impressive figures we can all agree but the numbers needed to become the world's strongest man are truly staggering.
Indeed, the 2017 champion Eddie Hall flipped a tire weighing 500kg six times, squatted 320kg for 15 repetitions which was the same number he hit for a 160kg Viking Press, while a 26 tonne airplane was hauled for 30m, 472.5kg pulled off the deck in the deadlift before he finished off by lifting five stones ranging from 150kg to 210kg onto a platform.
The sums are colossal but do the maths and the cost is equally as great, both physically and mentally.
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Time to start those New Year’s Resolutions and put in action your health and fitness plan for 2018.
For many that might include lose weight, exercise regularly and follow a healthy diet, but often we make resolutions like that every year and don’t follow through.
Dr. Anita Das Gupta, Clinical Dietitian at Burjeel Hospital, shares her top 10 tips for a happy and a healthy 2018.
Balance it out: The easiest way to maintain an ideal weight is to balance the calories we consume with our workout. Balancing calories means following a healthy diet that contains all the food groups, making sure it is colorful and varied to avoid losing interest, and also giving your body all the important nutritional elements, such as vitamins and minerals.
Eat light and eat right: Start your day with a minimum of a glass of water or warm water with lemon and honey. Breakfast should include a bowl of oatmeal with nuts and a spoonful of flaxseeds; scrambled eggs with a piece of wholegrain toast, or muesli with yoghurt and berries. Lunch should include steamed, grilled, baked, roasted or sauteed dishes. Dinner should begin with a light soup (no cream) or lentil soup and should always be a light dinner that has carbohydrates, protein and good fats.
Snack it out: Eating a snack between your main meals can prevent you from overeating in the next meal. Therefore, you should make sure you eat some snacks during the day. The healthy snacks should be small meals, containing the nutritional elements that may be lacking in the rest of the meals. Examples are fresh or dried fruits, vegetable slices, such as carrots or cucumbers, raw nuts (unsalted – a handful) or milk (low-fat), and some dairy products or a dark chocolate (30 grams). Always remember that even if your options are healthy, do not take excess.
Eat slowly: Take time to savour every mouthful of your food – opt for smaller bites and chewing slowly. The brain takes around 15-20 minutes to realize that your stomach is full, meaning by dessert time you are likely to overeat.
Eat the ‘good for you’ options first: Starting your meal with a bowl of clear broth or green salad will mean that you are fuller by the time you progress to the stuffed turkey and mashed potatoes and finally dessert.
Shop smart: It is easy to get distracted by the unhealthy options available when you shop for groceries, especially if you shop on an empty stomach. Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables. Low fat dairy or whole grains are a healthier alternative so fill your shopping cart with these. Also, use a natural sweetener that tastes just as good as refined, processed sugar.
Plan wisely: When organising a get together do not plan your menu around choices that are heavy in cream sauces or empty calories like in a casserole. Instead of the usual mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes grilled with a drizzle of olive oil is a yummier, healthier option. Rather than a deep fried chicken breast slathered in mushroom cream, try grilled chicken with a side dish of fresh vegetable salad.
Hang out with friends at the park: Do not kill time in front of the TV after a large meal, put on your running shoes and head to the park with a friend. Play a game of badminton or just take a walk around inhaling some fresh air while catching up.
Be mindful of sugary beverages: Drink at least six-eight glasses of water every day. You can flavor the water with cut up fruits, mint and lemon or preferred veggies.