Dubai has been experiencing a rise in temperature this month but in spite of the heat, we should try to take advantage of the weather before the scorching summer months.
Changing up your gym programme or exercising outdoors can boost morale and sharpness your fitness.
People spend enough time going through the same, boring routines in indoor gyms, so why not change up your programme and try a fun and varied activity outdoors.
There are endless options, but here are my top four.
Yoga is one of the most popular activities in the UAE, as seen by the thousands of people who turned up to take part in the Yoga Fest at Burj Park in 2016.
Many will argue that circuit training and short stretching is best to achieve fitness goals, but slowing down your focus and turning your attention to mobility and your mental health is just as important.
If you are aiming to work on your fitness then you have plenty of running routes to take advantage of around the UAE.
Whether you live near the Marina, JLT, Kite Beach, Sports City or Al Barsha Park, there are many options available so people should have no excuse to get out and run a few kilometres.
The treadmill will be the easiest option for some, as there is a gym in most apartment buildings across the city, but try to get out of the house to run or walk and take in the local atmosphere.
If you struggle to train on your own then there are some excellent group-based sessions around the city – most notably on Kite Beach, Zabeel Park and Skydive Dubai.
It may take time to find a class that suits you but if your friends are going along then this will make the trip and training session more enjoyable.
The major positive from training in a group is being around people with similar interests.
Change up the gym programme
One of the main reasons for changing your gym programme is to avoid being a creature of habit.
It’s easy to slip into a routine and not change, but if you continue to follow the same structure then your training will become stale and boring.
A tweak of your programme will, not only allow you to experience a change of scenery in the gym, but also help to work your body in a different way and achieve different results.
In the ever busier daily life of Dubai it is harder and harder to find a quiet retreat – especially at a reasonable price.
The outstanding team offer a menu of enticing treatments including the Thai Asian Blend Massage and the Oriental Massage, and afterwards a superb spa, steam room and sauna to complete your journey into wellness.
The Ramada Jumeirah offers five star service and facilities at four star prices.
Sport360° recently visited and experienced the Asian Wellness Massage and the Hot Stone Massage.
The Asian Wellness massage, expertly delivered by masseur Ernest Cajandig from the Philippines, was a thorough full body massage perfectly designed to revitalise tired bodies and minds.
The Hot Stone massage, carried out by Komal Saukota from Nepal, was focused more on relaxation, easing stiffness and increasing circulation – with our tester completely uplifted by the experience.
After the treatments you are able to enjoy the heated pool with spacious pool deck and bar or make use of the well appointed gym with the latest workout equipment.
General Manager of the Ramada Jumeirah, Otto Kurzendorfer explains: “We want our guests and members to experience a tranquil experience, through the caring hands of our exceptionally well trained staff.”
“We ensure our guests leave with a feeling of relaxation after a holistic treatment.
“We strive to give them something to rejuvenate after a busy day.”
That was certainly the result of the Sport360° visit.
To further entice your visit, Exhale is currently running a superb membership promotion.
Enroll for 12 months and get two months free or enroll for six months and get one month free.
With all these benefits on offer it’s clear you should make Exhale your point of quiet stillness in the buzzing activity of Dubai-life.
In an era when fitness can be overlooked by many older people, renowned American exercise physiologist Steve Maxwell believes the motivation needs to start from the younger generation in a bid to promote healthy living worldwide.
The 65-year-old is the first American to earn a BJJ black belt from the grandmaster Relson Gracie – and continues to do great work in a bid to boost health and fitness across the globe.
The Philadelphia native, who has been a competitive athlete for over 35 years, is currently travelling around the world giving seminars on Mobility-Conditioning in BJJ & MMA.
Speaking to Sport360 at TKA MMA Gym in Dubai, Maxwell said: “I think it has to start with the young people. You’ve got to get the young people motivated and keep that going throughout their life.
“For the older generation it is probably too late. It’s conscience and what you value in life.”
“A lot of people value money, wealth and material things over their own their health. There’s many a millionaire and billionaire on his death bed that probably wishes they spent more attention on their health.
“All of a sudden all that money and power means nothing, especially when your suffering with all sorts of illnesses.”
The potential health benefits from exercising on a daily basis are numerous – from relieving the significant pressures of life to boosting morale – all of which Maxwell insists can potentially extend your life.
“Sometimes these people never knew about a high level of health, so gradually their health starts to erode and they see that as a normal thing. I can’t imagine sacrificing my health and fitness just to make money,” he said.
“But it seems like there are a group of people that do that thing who do that in their own mind. Because they’ve never done anything physical and they don’t know what it’s like, they don’t miss it that much. They don’t notice how weak and feeble they are becoming.
People presume leading a healthy lifestyle involves hours of work across the week, but even short sharp sessions 3-4 times a week can have a massive benefit to your body and mind.
“Training can prevent all these things. The other thing is some people don’t know what to do and they are intimidated by the whole thing, not realising that you don’t have to train all that much to get good benefits,” he said.
“Even just 10-15 mins of strength training can pay huge dividends. I can only lead by example.”