Three ways to mix up your health and fitness routine

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Don’t let 2018 be the year when you’re looking back complaining about not achieving certain goals or mixing up your fitness routine.

To help, here are three 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 45 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).

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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Full body workout: Luke Morris

Produced using unique technology and extensive research, Melt Water is the result of years of development. The production process mimics the natural formation and melting of glaciers and involves a complex multi-stage freezing, extracting and melting process.

Melt Water is a result of freezing, extracting and melting. As ice crystals start to form during freezing, they naturally push away all impurities and admixtures. The water that doesn’t freeze, due to impurities, is removed using special technology. At the final stage of production, the final layer of ice is melted back into water giving it the unique icy taste.

Melt Water benefits

  1. One of the world’s purest forms of water.
  2. Produced using unique technology.
  3. Sold in environmentally friendly bottles, made from 20% recycled materials.
  4. Rated as highest quality by the British Retail Consortium

During exercise, it’s vital to stay hydrated and ice cool Melt Water is a favourite of fitness lover Luke Morris who has teamed up with Melt Water to talk us through four key core exercises, that’ll keep you on top of your core strength, which is vitally important.

Four full-body exercises

Dumbell snatches

Bending your legs, reach down and grab the weight and burst up powerfully, lifting the dumbbell above your head and extend your arm. Repeat this several times with the same arm before switching and repeating the movement with your other arm. This exercise helps to develop your coordination and explosiveness, and strengthens your shoulders, lower back, hamstrings, glutes, and lats.

Burpee to push press, using dumbbells

With every repetition, you’ll work your arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, and abs. After a few sets of burpees, your legs will feel heavy. The dumbbells will work your arms as you lift them above your head after the press up.

Push up to one arm row

Get yourself in the usual press up position and when you come up you should lift the dumbbells one after the other. This exercise will work your arms and core and also your back. You’ll need to be fairly stabilised in order to keep your body still. Try not to swing from side-to-side when lifting the weights.

Kettle bell swing

Take up the squat position, keeping your back straight and lift the kettle bell from the floor and swing it in front of your body, and between your legs. Kettle bell swings work everything from your core, to your shoulders, your quads, your hamstrings, your glutes and your back.

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Fitness fanatic: Luke Morris

Produced using unique technology and extensive research, Melt Water is the result of years of development. The production process mimics the natural formation and melting of glaciers and involves a complex multi-stage freezing, extracting and melting process.

Technology

Melt Water is a result of freezing, extracting and melting. As ice crystals start to form during freezing, they naturally push away all impurities and admixtures. The water that doesn’t freeze, due to impurities, is removed using special technology. At the final stage of production, the final layer of ice is melted back into water giving it the unique icy taste.

Melt Water benefits

  1. One of the world’s purest forms of water.
  2. Produced using unique technology.
  3. Sold in environmentally friendly bottles, made from 20% recycled materials.
  4. Rated as highest quality by the British Retail Consortium

During exercise, it’s vital to stay hydrated and ice cool Melt Water is a favourite of fitness lover Luke Morris who has teamed up with Melt Water to talk us through four key core exercises, that’ll keep you on top of your core strength, which is vitally important.

KEY CORE EXERCISES

In the second of a series of exclusive clips, Morris demonstrates simple moves you can do, at home or in the gym, to get the core in great shape.

HOLLOW HOLD INTO TOE TOUCHES

Lying flat on your back, extend your whole body, with your arms together above your head, then crunch your arms and legs together to work the abs.

RUSSIAN TWISTS WITH A WEIGHT

Keeping your feet on the floor, sit in an upright position and hold a weight in front of your torso, then twist and touch it down either side of you.

MOTION PLANK

This is a variation of the regular plank but with a bit of motion added in to make it a bit harder. Remain in the plank position and move up and down on your hands and elbows.

SCISSOR KICKS

On your back again, hold some weights in the air, keeping them still, and move your legs in a scissor motion to engage your core.

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