#360fit: Rush-A-Way adventure race returns to Dubai this December

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Challenge accepted: Rush-A-Way.

If you ever wanted to be on the popular television game show ‘The Amazing Race’, here’s another chance to participate in a scaled-down version in the second Rush-A-Way adventure race.

Inspired by ‘The Amazing Race’, Rush-A-Way is an adventure race which will have teams of two travelling throughout Dubai to complete challenges that will test their mental, physical and navigational skills.

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Back for its second edition after a successful first event in April earlier this year, the race will be held on 11 December.

Rush-A-Way is the brainchild of organizer Hitesh Sharma, who is a big fan of ‘The Amazing Race’ and has watched all of the seasons. He wanted to make the concept accessible to as many people as possible, while staying true to the idea of a challenging and fun race.

Teams will consist of two people, who will go from challenge to challenge to collect clues for the next task location. The team that crosses the finish line first will be announced the winner, so communication will be key.

The tasks will vary in genre, with skills challenges to test accuracy, physical challenges to test speed and strength and mental challenges to test brainpower and logic. It is recommended that each team use their own car and while GPS is allowed, navigational skills will be important to get around.

Rush-A-Way is the brainchild of organizer Hitesh Sharma.

The team that crosses first and wins will receive a grand prize combination of cash, goodies and vouchers, and second and third place won’t walk away empty handed either. Whether your team places or not, one thing Rush A Way does guarantee is another fun event.

Tickets for each team are priced at AED 350 (AED 300 Earlybird) and can be purchased here.

What: Rush-A-Way adventure race

Where: South Dubai

When: December 11.

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Training tips by Ahmed Labban – Importance of stretching and warming-up

Ahmed Labban 18/09/2015
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Lebanese kickboxer and Paco Rabanne Invictus competitor Ahmed Labban.

When carrying out any form of exercise it is important to warm up and loosen your muscles in order to prevent injury.

A good way of starting with the warm up is to use the skipping rope for five minutes in order to prepare the body for the movements that will be carried out during the training session.

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When I stretch, I always start with the upper body and that involves stretching my rotator cuffs and swinging my arms to loosen the muscles in my shoulders. Generally I stretch for 10-15 seconds on each arm. Stretching the upper and lower back is a big part of on each arm. Stretching the upper and lower back is a big part of the warm up too as you will spend most of the time on your feet during the training.

Once I’ve loosened up my upper body, I move to my lower body. This involves various exercises, from hips to groins, calves to hamstrings.

The hips and groin stretches are great exercises to loosen the muscles between your upper and lower body that assist the core – most thorough warm ups should last between 10-15 minutes.

The warm-up is also a great opportunity to prepare for the class or training session and agradually ease into the activity. The most important reason for warming up is the prevention of injuries and for the individual to prepare themselves mentally. 

As a kickboxer, one of the biggest things I’ve learnt is setting the tone for the competition ahead and this starts with my focus during the warm-up.

Even when you’ve gone through your various routines at the beginning of the session, it is still recommended to continue to stretch at different points between exercises in order to keep the muscles running effectively.

At the end of my training session, I warm-down and it is here that I hold my stretches for 20-30 seconds instead. The primary benefit of this is to increase recovery and look after the overall muscle health.

For more info about Ahmed visit: pacorabanne.com/invictus

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Lifestyler with Josie McKenlay: Eight ways to help prevent breast cancer

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Brisk walk for 30 minutes five times a week.

It would be misleading to suggest that cancer of any form can be prevented. Perhaps in years to come, research will come up with a way of doing so, but there are certain steps that can be taken to reduce your risk.

With Breast Cancer Awareness month almost upon us, it would be useful for everyone – it affects men too – to make the necessary changes to avoid this disease.

1. Avoid alcohol: Alcohol is known to increase the risk of breast cancer, so avoid.

2. Maintain a healthy weight: Obesity becomes more of a risk factor in women after the menopause, a time when controlling weight can also be a problem. The sooner you take control of your weight the better and the easier it will be later on in life. A BMI of less than 25 is desirable.

3. Stay active: At least a brisk walk for 30 minutes five times a week is the recommended amount of exercise to obtain the protective effect. Even if you start later on in life, it could reduce your risk by anything up to 30 per cent.

4. Follow a healthy diet: All the usual advice of a diet high in vegetables, lean protein, fruit and wholegrain foods, low in saturated fats and sugars works for avoiding breast cancer too.

Eat a bit better.

5. Don’t smoke: Research suggests that long term smoking in women can increase the risk of breast cancer.

6. Breast feed: Studies have shown that women who breast feed for at least a year in total have a reduced risk of breast cancer.

7. Avoid HRT: Menopausal hormone therapy has been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer. If you must take hormones to manage menopausal symptoms, avoid progesterone and limit their use to less than three years. Any kind of hormone “manipulation” including hormonal creams and gels are no safer than prescription hormones: please avoid. If you follow at least the first five suggestions in this lease, the chances are that the menopause won’t cause all of those troublesome symptoms anyway.

8. Reduce stress: It will damage your immune system which means that your body will be unable to protect you against disease.

Self-examination: This is really the message the Safe & Sound campaign is all about. Start to regularly check your breasts for changes in the way they look or feel such as lumps, dimpling, discharge from the nipples or inversion, size, asymmetry, tenderness/pain. Men should also look out for these early warning signs.

If you are in any doubt, please ask your doctor to check. After the age of 40 it is a good idea to have a mammogram at least every other year. Although this won’t prevent cancer, it will help catch it early. Some statistics show that if caught early enough, there is a survival rate as high as 98 per cent.

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