XDubai Spartan Race have participants sweating it out during training sessions

Hiba Khan 29/10/2017
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Every Friday, participants from all walks of life come together to train for the XDubai Spartan Race presented by Dubai Holding.

This obstacle race is the first ever Middle East Championship and will be held in Hatta on November 10th, 2017, with numerous exciting prizes for the winners.

The workout session are completely free of charge and the final one before the championship will be held on November 3rd, 2017.

To register for the final workout tour, click HERE and to sign up for the race, click HERE.





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11 reasons why early morning yoga is the best way to start your day

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For most of us, getting up at the crack of dawn is a special type of torture. If you don’t have a good reason to get up earlier than necessary, chances are you won’t.

But, there’s a lot to be said about waking up and doing beneficial yoga first thing in the morning.

This comprehensive form of exercise has many healing benefits. Some might even say it has magical properties.

Still balking at the thought of getting up earlier than necessary?

Here, Guavapass share 11 reasons why early morning yoga is the best thing for your body to start the day.

11. It helps set your breath for the coming day

Every day you have a million things to do, but when you start your day in asana, you become more mindful of your breath.

Breathwork calms your body and mind, making it easier for you to deal with difficult situations.

When you embrace mindfulness during your practice, you’re more likely to cultivate breath awareness for the rest of the day.

10. It improves your mood

Yoga boosts your serotonin, your body’s natural happy hormone.

Practicing in the morning will make sure that you keep those happy brain chemicals flowing throughout the day.

9. It improves your mental clarity

Doing yoga in the morning increases the chance of your entire day being spent in mindfulness.

As such, you’re less likely to get caught up in the wave of negative thoughts that usually hijack your mind.

8. It can give you your alone-time for the day

Whether you are in a relationship or otherwise have a busy life, it can be hard to have a moment to yourself.

But, when you wake up early in the morning to do yoga, it gives you ample time to nourish yourself.

This alone time can help ground you, clear your mind and connect you to your breath.

7. It helps tone your body

Although relaxing, yoga is still a form of exercise.

So, don’t be surprised if you soon see your body changing shape i.e. more defined arms, a stronger back or longer looking legs.

6. It increases energy levels

Moving your body increases the flow of oxygen and fresh blood through your muscles, invigorating your body in the process.

With a clear focus and more oxygenated cells, you will usher in a state of relaxed energy.

5. It improves your sleep

Generally, yoga helps practitioners sleep better at night.

But, when you couple this with getting up early in the morning, you are virtually guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep.

4. There is no work-related excuse to miss it

Once our hectic daily lives get started, things tend to pop up unexpectedly.

Morning classes guarantee that you’ll get your daily dose of yoga.

3. It empowers you

Getting up in the morning to practice yoga takes a lot of self-discipline.

But, once you get in the groove of things, you will begin to feel more empowered.

Furthermore, being disciplined cultivates a sense of achievement that will inspire you.

2. It encourages you to be healthy for the rest of the day 

There is a certain level of wellness you feel after your practice, leaving you with a desire to treat it well for the rest of the day.

You’ll also feel more connected to your mind to help understand what your body needs.

As a consequence, you’re more likely to make healthy choices in terms of your thinking, sleeping and eating.

1. It brings peace to your day before it’s even begun

Doing breath work and going through the asanas is an excellent way to stay connected to your deepest self.

Plus, once those endorphins (feel-good hormones) start flooding your body, you will be less likely to react to the anxieties and other stresses of life.

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Goal setting is key to reaching the best shape possible for the du Tough Mudder Challenge

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Inner Fight founder and Volvic Middle East brand ambassador Marcus Smith

Fitness is a beautiful thing. Anyone can get involved, anyone can set a target and anyone can change their lives through it.

However, sometimes the path to the objective you’ve set may not be so tangible. But one straightforward solution will help bring your goal to reality by making you accountable every step of the way.

Indeed, writing down simple, definable and achievable aims can have a tremendously positive effect on your performance.

Press the action: Performance is all about goal setting

Press the action: Performance is all about goal setting

And with du Tough Mudder – one of the world’s most challenging mud runs – returning to the UAE in December it’s time you grab your notepad and pen and begin conquering your checklist.

With just six weeks to go we’ve teamed up with the very best to help get you started.

Volvic Middle East want to ensure you’re in the best shape possible to tackle the obstacles on December 8th and 9th and that’s where brand ambassador Marcus Smith comes into the frame.

As the founder of Inner Fight GYM, the extreme athlete knows a thing or two about setting a plan and carrying it out so check out the clip above to hear his advice. He’s also got task number one for you.

For your chance to be a part of Marcus’ Volvic Army, all you have to do is upload a picture or video on social media of you completing your 5k run and hashtag #FindYourVolcano

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