Three ways to improve your mental approach to fitness

David Cooper 27/02/2018
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Spending time working on your mindset is nearly as important as your fitness.

We spend more time thinking and weighing up decisions in life than we do on the training field or in the gym.

Here, we take a look at three ways we can improve our mindset and mental approach to exercise.

Outdoors

Dubai and Abu Dhabi have many parks and walking routes which are ideal to get out and unwind.

Surround yourself with people on walks or jogs to help you rub off from positive energy and keep your mind active.

Yoga is also a great outlet to help you slow down your breathing, increase your flexibility and meditate.

Keep moving forward

Many of us spend countless hours thinking about the past and some mistakes we’ve made along the way.

We shouldn’t regret the past because at that time of our life we were happy and that’s the reason why it’s important to focus on the present and keep moving forward.

Having a goal is the best way to progress and maintain your focus – whether it’s to run a marathon or join a sports club in a bid to make new friends and boost fitness.

Be grateful for your health and your current situation in life – and realise that what’s meant for you. Don’t let it pass you by.

New challenge

Motivate yourself to take up a new activity or hobby outside of work.

We often get bored from doing the same thing over and over again, so getting involved in a new sports club or fitness club will help you to have a different focus and distract your mind from the stresses of life.

Keeping the mind active is the best way to boost your overall health.

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Four of the best free outdoor workout spaces in Dubai

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You don’t have to belong to a gym or pay for classes to stay fit in Dubai!

In fact, it’s actually easily to workout without paying a dirham and keeping in good shape.

Getting outside in the sun, especially in the season of pleasant weather, is a great way to take in some Vitamin D and release endorphins.

Each of the four fitness spaces are free-to-use around the city:

DUBAI MARINA OUTDOOR GYM

Located directly opposite Dubai Marina Mall on the other side of the water, it is a popular spot for fitness-goers, particularly runners, to stretch off as well as complete some core, pull-up and dip exercises in-between their runs. The space, in preparation for the summer, has recently had sun shields placed over the equipment so you can workout all-year round without the equipment burning!

BURJ PARK

Could you find a more iconic setting in which to exercise? Probably not. Under the gaze of the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – work up a sweat on the grass right in the heart of Downtown. The park area was at the heart of last year’s Dubai Fitness Challenge and it’s perfectly placed to meet up with friends and grab a coffee afterwards.

xxx during the Dubai Fitness Challenge at Burj Park on November 10, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

SKYDIVE DUBAI

Undoubtedly one of the most well-known workout spots in the city, it has become a real hub for fitness lovers at all times of the day. If you love working out outside, this is the place to go and there’s a variety of classes that go on every evening. The adjacent artificial grass and park areas are also good for yoga and soft running.

Al Ittihad Park

A great place to exercise, the park, situated next to the Golden Mile Galleria on the Palm Jumeirah, has an array of workout stations and a running track. It gets busy in the evenings with many residents squeezing in some activity after work.

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Four tips to mix up your training routine this month

David Cooper 24/02/2018
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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

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.

Park run

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.

Group workouts

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.

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