Get the ball rolling on your fitness at Abu Dhabi Alive

Jay Asser 13/11/2014
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Boost your health: Abu Dhabi Alive is a great way to kickstart your fitness programme.

The second edition of UAE’s all-encompassing fitness and lifestyle event, Abu Dhabi Alive, arrives this weekend to boost health among the region’s resi­dents.

Kicking off on Thursday at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi and running until Saturday, the show will feature various activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

No matter your preference, Abu Dhabi Alive will keep you enter­tained throughout the weekend with tennis, bowling, rugby, fitness classes, rock climbing and more.

If bowling is your choice, hit the 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Centre, which boasts automatic scoring systems, rampers, bumpers and laneside restaurant service.

Or, you can test your skills at the International Tennis Cen­tre, which has nine outdoor hard surface courts and hosts the annual Mubadala World Tennis Champi­onship.

Aside from sports, Abu Dhabi Alive also has a number of lifestyle activities.

Visitors can get health checkups, free consultations, take part in healthy eating workshops, watch cooking demonstrations, dances and performances, and even poten­tially win prizes in competitions.

A packed schedule throughout all three days will have plenty to offer on the main stage as well as in the ladies tent.

Some of the exhibitions that will be available are by UAE Jiu Jitsu Academy, Kids Yoga by Body Tree Studio, Skin Health by Kaya Skin Clinic, Bootcamp by The Room, BodyArt by Gold’s Gym, Head, Neck & Shoulder Massage by La Poupee Beauty Center and Dubai Drums.

The overall health initiative is a step to battling obesity and diabe­tes – two of the UAE’s main health issues. More than 62 per cent of UAE residents are at an unhealthy weight and over 25 per cent have diabetes, which is among the high­est prevalence of the disease in the world.

A new wellbeing survey con­ducted by Informa Exhibitions, however, shows that health in the region is headed in the right direction with over 62 per cent of respondents claiming they have a healthy diet and 78 per cent reveal­ing they are conscious of what they eat.

“These research findings are int-eresting, and really show that the public are taking both their health and general wellbeing seriously,” said Hayete Jemai, exhibition director at Informa Exhibitions.

“It is our aim here at Abu Dhabi Alive to educate everyone who attends the show that exercise really doesn’t have to be gruelling and a burden on your day-to-day lifestyle, but can be both fun and extremely beneficial to your long-term health.”

“We have ensured that the exer­cise and sport aspect of the show is fully covered, with a wide variety of onsite activities and exhibitors to choose from. We will also be host­ing a number of free onsite advice sessions with expert health and fit­ness professionals, as well as onsite medical checks and body composi­tion assessments hosted by Salama Hospital. There really is something for everyone this year.”

Entry to the event is free for everyone with a Dh5 charge for a one-day pass to use the bowling centre, tennis courts and rugby field, and a Dh10 charge for the multiple-day pass.

The event will take place from 10:00 to 22:00 on Thursday, 14:00 to 22:00 on Friday and 12:00 to 22:00 on Saturday.

While registration is closed onl-ine, guests can still sign-up onsite by visiting the registration desks.

For more information, visit the event’s website at www.abudhabi­alive.ae.

It’s never too late to change your lifestyle for the better and Abu Dhabi Alive is sure to get you on your way.

What: Abu Dhabi Alive
Where: Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi
When: Thursday from 10:00 to 22:00, Friday from 14:00 to 22:00 and Saturday from 12:00 to 22:00
Cost: Free entry with a Dh5 or Dh10 charge to use the facilities 
Sport360 Verdict: A must-go for all fitness enthusiasts or those wanting to get healthier, Abu Dhabi Alive has plenty of activities to keep you active and learning.
Contact: Visit www.abudhabialive.ae

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Leading brands such as ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses have a full range of contact lenses to suit every need including short and long sightedness as well as astigmatism.  All brand contact lenses have a unique feature of blocking ultraviolet rays (UV) which can cause damage to skin as well as eyes. These contact lenses provide patients with an additional protection against harmful UV rays*during outdoor activities. Wearing contact lenses with UV blocking properties, along with a pair of sun glasses and a wide brim hat may help to protect the eyes against the long terms effects of exposure to UV radiation – leaving your vision clear and your eyes protected whatever physical exercise you’re doing and whenever you are doing it.

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