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!
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.
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.
Dubai has been experiencing a rise in temperature this month but in spite of the heat, we should try to take advantage of the weather before the scorching summer months.
Changing up your gym programme or exercising outdoors can boost morale and sharpness your fitness.
People spend enough time going through the same, boring routines in indoor gyms, so why not change up your programme and try a fun and varied activity outdoors.
There are endless options, but here are my top four.
Yoga is one of the most popular activities in the UAE, as seen by the thousands of people who turned up to take part in the Yoga Fest at Burj Park in 2016.
Many will argue that circuit training and short stretching is best to achieve fitness goals, but slowing down your focus and turning your attention to mobility and your mental health is just as important.
If you are aiming to work on your fitness then you have plenty of running routes to take advantage of around the UAE.
Whether you live near the Marina, JLT, Kite Beach, Sports City or Al Barsha Park, there are many options available so people should have no excuse to get out and run a few kilometres.
The treadmill will be the easiest option for some, as there is a gym in most apartment buildings across the city, but try to get out of the house to run or walk and take in the local atmosphere.
If you struggle to train on your own then there are some excellent group-based sessions around the city – most notably on Kite Beach, Zabeel Park and Skydive Dubai.
It may take time to find a class that suits you but if your friends are going along then this will make the trip and training session more enjoyable.
The major positive from training in a group is being around people with similar interests.
Change up the gym programme
One of the main reasons for changing your gym programme is to avoid being a creature of habit.
It’s easy to slip into a routine and not change, but if you continue to follow the same structure then your training will become stale and boring.
A tweak of your programme will, not only allow you to experience a change of scenery in the gym, but also help to work your body in a different way and achieve different results.
In the ever busier daily life of Dubai it is harder and harder to find a quiet retreat – especially at a reasonable price.
The outstanding team offer a menu of enticing treatments including the Thai Asian Blend Massage and the Oriental Massage, and afterwards a superb spa, steam room and sauna to complete your journey into wellness.
The Ramada Jumeirah offers five star service and facilities at four star prices.
Sport360° recently visited and experienced the Asian Wellness Massage and the Hot Stone Massage.
The Asian Wellness massage, expertly delivered by masseur Ernest Cajandig from the Philippines, was a thorough full body massage perfectly designed to revitalise tired bodies and minds.
The Hot Stone massage, carried out by Komal Saukota from Nepal, was focused more on relaxation, easing stiffness and increasing circulation – with our tester completely uplifted by the experience.
After the treatments you are able to enjoy the heated pool with spacious pool deck and bar or make use of the well appointed gym with the latest workout equipment.
General Manager of the Ramada Jumeirah, Otto Kurzendorfer explains: “We want our guests and members to experience a tranquil experience, through the caring hands of our exceptionally well trained staff.”
“We ensure our guests leave with a feeling of relaxation after a holistic treatment.
“We strive to give them something to rejuvenate after a busy day.”
That was certainly the result of the Sport360° visit.
To further entice your visit, Exhale is currently running a superb membership promotion.
Enroll for 12 months and get two months free or enroll for six months and get one month free.
With all these benefits on offer it’s clear you should make Exhale your point of quiet stillness in the buzzing activity of Dubai-life.