Three ways to add exercise to your daily routine

David Cooper 28/02/2018
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Are you stuck for time to exercise?

Well, then you need to get more organised and make better decisions each day!

Windows of time do exist for you to go for a walk or run so it’s important to utilise them.

Here’s our three tips to help to improve your health and fitness on a daily basis:

RUN OR CYCLE TO AND FROM WORK?

Depending on the distance between your accommodation and workplace, you could try running or cycling to work. It’s an efficient way to fit in your training and will have you feeling energetic and productive for the rest of the morning.

If there is a lack of showering facilities at your workplace, then you could run home instead. This will help clear your head after a long day in the office and beats sitting in a taxi during rush hour traffic in the evening.

USE YOUR WINDOWS OF TIME EFFECTIVELY

It’s nice to have some downtime after a working day but its pointless going straight home and sitting on a laptop for the rest of the evening, flicking through apps on your phone or watching five episodes of a TV series.

If you have free windows of time then go for a walk, a light jog or even a 45-minute gym session. Most of our apartment complexes have small gyms so go down and work hard for a short period of time and you’ll be feeling sharper after.

FOLLOW SAME ROUTINE AT WEEKENDS

It’s nice having a lie-in when you’re off but if you can try and get up at a similar time on a Friday or Saturday as you do from Sunday-Thursday then you’ll have no excuse about not having the time to exercise.

With less time pressure at weekends, why not try some of the great running routes around Abu Dhabi or Dubai? It’s always satisfying testing out a different location rather than the same place that you might train during the week.

Be selective with your decision making and always put your health and fitness at the forefront of your plans.

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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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