Where to run in Dubai? The Emirate's best running tracks

Sport360 staff 01:30 11/01/2017
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The hardest step is getting off the sofa and leaving the house!

Running is the easiest way to get fitter and is incredibly effective at making you mentally and physically healthier.

If you’re looking to improve your fitness, check out these five running routes.

THE MARINA

If you fancy a run with a view then come here!

The Marina is one of the best places to run in Dubai – with a pleasant 9km lap. Have a look at some of the city’s most impressive buildings as you meander your way around the loop.

It can get quite busy up by Marina Walk in the evenings, but don’t let that put you off an otherwise pleasant run or walk.

DISTANCE: 9KM

The Marina.

The Marina.

JUMEIRAH BEACH 

An incredibly scenic area, the run starts next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and continues down past Sunset Beach.

It’s a 7km stretch down (14km if you run both ways) and is never overly-busy either!

DISTANCE: 14KM

Jumeirah Beach.

Jumeirah Beach.

DUBAI CANAL RUN

The spectacular new Dubai Water Canal Boardwalk is now open and although the finishing touches are being made, it is shaping up to be one of the city’s most scenic routes.

‘The Walk’ stretches 3.2km in each direction from Business Bay to Jumeirah and alongside Safa Park – and will soon connect with the Jumeirah Beach running track – giving runners a 7km-long continuous route.

Take the Sheikh Zayed Road pedestrian path from Business Bay Metro towards Habtoor City (close to the W Hotel and St. Regis Dubai) and take an elevator directly down to the canal.

DISTANCE: 6.4km (if you run both ways)

Dubai Canal.

Dubai Canal.

AL BARSHA POND PARK

Al Barsha Pond Park features a 1.4km running track that surrounds a pond and is marked every 100m, to give you a mental boost during your training session!

If you want to combine your running with some strength work, there are workout stations around the track.

DISTANCE: 1.4KM
OPENING HOURS: 8am-10pm

Al Barsha Pond Park.

Al Barsha Pond Park.

PALM JUMEIRAH

The Palm Jumeirah Park features an impressive running track, and is generally a quiet area if you want to wind down after a long day.

Lined with trees overhanging the track, parking at Golden Mile is easy and there are workout stations available should you want to break up your training along the way.

Al Ittihad Park.

Al Ittihad Park.

DISTANCE: 2.7KM

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Three tips to help change your eating habits

Sport360 staff 15:53 09/01/2017
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Calorie counting is a fad. Yes! That’s right. If you’re someone who’s obsessed with how many calories you’re eating or how many calories are in each ingredient you purchase, then it’s time to listen closely.

First off, who really knows what a calorie actually is? We attach so much meaning to arbitrary numbers like how many calories there are in our food, we forget to think through what we’re actually saying.

Here’s a list which might change your eating habits and help you move closer towards your health and fitness goals.

TRUTH 1: Calories are estimates not exact calculations

A calorie is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water to 1 °C. Back in the day, the original method used was to place a food item “in a sealed container surrounded by water–an apparatus known as a bomb calorimeter. The food was completely burned and the resulting rise in water temperature was measured.”

As the years progressed, food manufacturers don’t actually go through this process to label the number of calories in our food anymore. “According to the National Data Lab (NDL), most of the calorie values in the USDA and industry food tables are based on an indirect calorie estimation made using the so-called Atwater system.” The Atwater system uses pre-determined average values of the amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in food to determine the total number of calories.

A difference in a few hundred calories is as significant as the difference between a 100 meter dash compared to a 1 kilometer run.

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TRUTH 2: Not all calories are equal

The same idea which applies to bad fats (like the bad fats from fried foods) versus good fats (like the good fats from salmon), applies to the number of calories in food. Eating 100 calories worth of ice cream versus eating 100 calories worth of avocados is a drastic difference in the nutritional value you’re adding to your food intake.

According to Dr. David Ludwig, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, “your weight is regulated by a complex system of genetic factors, hormonal factors, and neurological input, and not all calories affect this system the same way.”

Yes, what you’re eating matters more than the number of calories it’s adding to your diet.

TRUTH 3: Not all humans are the same

To place a generic metric on the amount of calories you should be eating if you’re a certain age, of a certain height, and of a certain body mass composition is arbitrary based on the basic understanding that no two humans are exactly the same (unless you’re a clone).

Genetics have a much larger role in determining how much energy you use throughout your day or when doing certain activities, than people think. For example, some people from birth have higher metabolic rates than others or based on genetics have higher muscle density than others. These specific differences matter in the context of how many calories you’re actually burning and how many calories you actually need.

New research is starting to move away from the dated notion of calorie counting, as researchers have discovered the ineffective results of calorie counting in relation to weight loss. It’s not about the calories, it’s about the quality and value of what you’re putting into your body.

GuavaPass is the first and largest fitness community of its kind in Dubai, offering an unlimited membership to group fitness classes at over 75 top studios across the city. Find out more at guavapass.com.

This article is written by Tasha Kolonas and originally appeared on the GuavaPass blog. Find out more about GuavaPass’ tips at blog.guavapass.com

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Thinking about competition? The Inner Fight Podcast team explain in 3 minutes why it’s a good thing to have on your mind.

Many people just train for fun and there is no problem with that but some of the benefits of competition include:

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– Helping you assess current and set new goals




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