How Red Bull athlete Shaikha Al Qassemi draws fitness benefits from UAE winter

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Cooling off: Red Bull's Shaikha Al Qassemi

As part of her passionate endeavour to embrace a fitter, healthier and balanced lifestyle, Red Bull athlete Shaikha Al Qassemi shares her advice to take you a step closer to living better.

As we transition into winter in the UAE, exercising outdoors becomes more viable. Outside my gym and at the back of it as well we have an area we usually use during the winter.

We do a lot of flex pushes and other strongman workouts. We also start running outside again. Sometimes we take the roads outside to get some Vitamin D and train in the nice weather.

There are a lot of benefits to training outdoors. Number one would be the benefit of getting some Vitamin D. It is very important. In Dubai we spend most of our time indoors. We don’t really get exposed to a good amount of sun to get Vitamin D.

Also, there are studies that prove training outdoors is better than working out indoors both mentally and emotionally.

Just a public beach or running track are great places to get your workouts in. Public beaches are really nice. You can do open water swims and mix it up with some CrossFit movements like burpees under water.

We do push-ups and we do runs on the sand. Sometimes we’ll take some equipment like kettlebells and dumbbells and do some exercises on the public beaches and tracks.

As far as my diet goes, it pretty much stays stable. I count my macros. I count my carbohydrate, fats and protein intakes as well as the calories. I count that everyday except on Fridays. This is usually an open day for me.

My diet doesn’t change but is a little flexible depending on the volume of workouts that I do. If I workout more then I would increase my carbohydrate intake by 25 to 50 grams to get better sleep and recovery but usually my diet remains the same.

It’s always important to stay hydrated throughout the year. It doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer. Yes, in summer you will need to drink more water because you sweat more, but in winter you have to remain consistent in staying hydrated.

I recommend that for people who don’t usually drink much water, maybe have one bottle of water and add some electrolytes, perhaps with a can of Red Bull, just to increase the hydration.

Climate change can often lead to illness so it’s important to boost your immunity by getting some Vitamin D. I recommend that people check their Vitamin D levels, their Vitamin B6 and B12 because that’s what helps with energy levels and immunity as well.

To take advantage of this weather, it’s all about getting outside more, getting some fresh air and getting some sun each day. I think that’s very important. That keeps us mentally and emotionally healthy. Try to walk more outside than stay inside.

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Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre and FitnessInDxb brings the first ever Fitness brunch

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We are all busy participating in different activities and fitness routines with a common goal leading a fitter and healthier lifestyle.

If only you could indulge yourself without having to let go of your healthy meal plans…

Making every fitness buff’s dream come true, FitnessInDxb in collaboration with Le Méridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre is bringing Dubai’s first ever Fitness brunch at Warehouse, on November 10, 2018, from 13:00 until 16:00.

Starting November, the monthly social event at Warehouse is open to anyone who is interested in fitness and loves delicious healthy food bringing a wide selection of nutritious eats, the Fitness brunch, priced from Dh199, consists of a wide selection of meat-based and vegetarian dishes to choose from.

Not one to leave out vegans, the brunch also offers a delicious variety of vegan dishes that are packed with the goodness of quality produce.

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Also on offer are healthy beverages, made from the freshest ingredients to power up your brunch with a generous dose of vitamins and minerals.

Moreover, you get to mingle with leading fitness influential personalities or even network with like-minded fitness buffs.

With a first-come-first-serve basis, turn up early on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Warehouse and catch all the revelries of Dubai’s first ever fitness brunch.

DETAILS 

Fitness Brunch is priced at Dh199 per person for starting package and Dh275 for the all-inclusive package.

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Real Boxing Only gym teams up with Adidas and Go Sport for a weekend of fighting fitness

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Real Boxing Only gym (RGB LLC) has teamed up with Adidas and Go Sport at Mall of the Emirates for a weekend of fighting fitness.

Nestled right in the front of the store, the gym will drop its 24 x 24-foot boxing ring – ready for action!

Starting at 17:00 with a junior boxing demo, Go Sport will be hosting a series of demonstrations on boxing for fitness and for competition right in the centre of the massive sports store.

There will be a variety of kids and teens boxing classes, demos by professional and amateur boxers, female boxer demonstrations, public work-outs by the gym’s Scottish super-welter weight champion Stefan Sanderson and British professional boxer Waleed ‘Dynamite’ Din with trainer Anthony ‘Chill’ Wilson– as well as adult boxing technique classes on November 8, 9 and 10 – from 17:00 to 21:00 Thursday and 16:00– 20:00 Friday and Saturday.

The event also marks the launch of the new Adidas Hybrid boxing collection which is a comprehensive range that is designed to optimise the boxer’s energy return and improve the speed of their movements. The Hybrid range provides an array of gloves that equip everyone in the boxing community from the enthusiastic kids to the empowered women to the serious athletes.

“Boxing is an exciting way to get fit and it is for everyone! We believe boxing not only creates great fitness habits achievable by anyone, it also increases one’s mental and emotional strength – which is vital in city life,” says Michelle Kuehn, Managing Director, RGB LLC.

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“The city of Dubai will see that through boxing they can change physically in 30 days with just 30 minutes of boxing daily. Boxing is an exhilarating sport, and we want to make an impact on the city by sharing those benefits; it is fun and empowering to men, women and children alike.

“We believe that you can become the best version of yourself through boxing, and the best people make up the best city. So, come down to Go Sport and let’s get the city of Dubai boxing!”

“This month, in store we are focussed on the Dubai Fitness Challenge and working out 30 minutes a day for 30 days! So we chose for the weekend of November 8, 9 and 10 to focus on one of the most intense sports, boxing!,” says Bas Bouwman, Brand Marketing Manager, Almana Fashion Group – Sports Division.

“Because in just 30 minutes of boxing one can burn up to 300 calories – plus it is a huge stress reliever, which is what this city needs! We see Real Boxing Only gym as our first choice in a boxing fitness partnership as we both believe fun fitness is at the core of a happy and healthy life here in the city of Dubai.”

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“There is a global hype, which is well deserved, around boxing that has been migrating to the UAE. Boxing is an all-encompassing sport that has the ability to elevate a person physically, emotionally, and psychologically. With that in mind, Adidas goes beyond just innovating boxing products and strives to nurture a culture of boxing,” adds Lamees El Monofy, Brand Manager, Direct Trading – Adidas Combat Sports.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday – Nov. 8:

5pm – 10 year old boxer demo

5:30pm – Female sparring

6pm – Kids class (open to public)

6:30pm – Female boxing class (open to public)

7pm – Junior Boxers Workout

8:30pm – Adult boxing class (open to public)

Friday – Nov. 9:

4pm – 10 year old boxer demo

4:30pm – Female boxing demo

5pm – Kids Class (open to public)

5:30pm – Teens boxing class (open to public)

6pm – Public work out – with Stefan Sanderson – professional boxer

6:30pm – Male adult sparring

7pm – Kids Class (open to public)

7:30pm – Adult boxing class (open to public)

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Saturday – Nov. 10:

4pm – 10 year old boxer demo

4:30pm – Amateur boxer boxing demo

5pm – Kids Class (open to public)

5:30pm – Female amateur public work out

6pm – Public work out – with ‘Waleed Dynamite’ Din – professional boxer

6:30pm – Male adult sparring

7pm – Kids Class (open to public)

7:30pm – Adult boxing class (open to public)

The boxers and coaches will be around to hold pads for customers in store anytime during those four hours.

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