Spending time working on your mindset is nearly as important as your fitness.
We spend more time thinking and weighing up decisions in life than we do on the training field or in the gym.
Here, we take a look at three ways we can improve our mindset and mental approach to exercise.
Dubai and Abu Dhabi have many parks and walking routes which are ideal to get out and unwind.
Surround yourself with like-minded people to help you rub off their positive energy and keep your mind active.
If there are people weighing you down or making you unhappy, then spend less time with them.
Yoga is also a great outlet to help you slow down your breathing, increase your flexibility and meditate, releasing the pressures from daily life.
Keep moving forward
Many of us spend countless hours thinking about the past and some mistakes we’ve made along the way.
We shouldn’t regret the past because at that time of our lives we were happy and that’s the reason why it’s important to focus on the present and keep moving forward.
Having a goal is the best way to progress and maintain your focus – whether it’s to run a marathon or join a sports club in a bid to make new friends and boost fitness.
Be grateful for your health and your current situation in life – and realise that what’s meant for you won’t pass you by.
Motivate yourself to take up a new activity or hobby outside of work.
We often get bored from doing the same thing over and over again, so getting involved in a new sport or fitness class will help you to have a different focus and distract your mind from the stresses of life.
Keeping the mind active, with a new challenge every few months, is the best way to boost your overall health.
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 seven running routes, applicable to all running abilities and distances.
All of the following locations are open 24-7 and free-to-use:
One of the most scenic places to run in the city and the beauty of it is you can actually follow a designated, soft-surface running track with markings.
Starting at Umm Suqeim Beach (Sunset Beach) under the gaze of the iconic Burj Al Arab, the 7km stretch takes you past Kite Beach and all the way down to Jumeirah 1. If you then turn around and go back, you’ll clock up 14km.
It’s never overly busy and it’s easy to stop for a drink or stretch mid-run too. In addition, it has a really fun vibe at the weekend.
DUBAI WATER CANAL
One of the newest running routes around when it was completed in late 2016, take in 6.4km of the waterfront and mix it up with as many as five pedestrian bridges.
A stunning view of the Downtown skyline will accompany you and it is also easy to link-up with the Jumeirah beaches via Al Maktoum Bridge. The best access to the canal is from Business Bay and Al Habtoor City if you’re coming from Sheikh Zayed Road.
AL BARSHA POND PARK
A short and sharp 1.4km running track that surrounds the pond and is marked every 100m. Perfect for speed work or interval training rather than the long run. Busier in the evenings with plenty of people working out.
AL ITTIHAD PARK
Sticking with the Palm, the park area next to the Golden Mile Galleria has a lovely 2.7km track loop interspersed with workout stations and is a good way to work up an evening sweat if you’re short on time.
The 9km loop is perhaps the location to run in Dubai (particularly if you live in the populous Jumeirah Lake Towers or JBR) and has fantastic views to match.
The Marina boasts a completely flat surface with a few short inclines (steps) as you cross two bridges on the full route, with one of them being close to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai and then the other next to the unmissable Cayan Tower.
There are also four other bridges linked up with the Marina which means it is possible to run short distances, or repeats, giving flexibility to tweak your volume.
In the early morning and daytime, the venue is pretty much empty but is a lot busier in the evening with running groups meeting at Dubai Marina Mall often.
A popular spot for an outdoor session in the evenings, JLT has a spongy blue running track and free-to-use upper-body and core workout machines. The green bowl and attached parks are also good for a kick around or a few overs of cricket!
This is a kind 10km loop, starting at the Greens and running back around until you’re finished at Emirates Hill. On the route you’ll take in Jebel Ali Racecourse and part of First Al Khail Street (behind JLT) on your way to knocking off the top distance.
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The limited-edition monochrome colorway is now available in the GCC at adidas.com for Dh649, followed by the worldwide release of the additional colorways on June 27th.
GET READY FOR MORE BOOST: The release of Boost HD is just the beginning. adidas is gearing up to celebrate the legacy of its culturally iconic footwear innovation. Come July, the world will be invited to fall in love all over again with the feeling that with Boost on your feet, you can take on anything.