Three ways to mix up your health and fitness routine

David Cooper - Writer 11:06 05/05/2019
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Don’t let 2019 be the year when you’re looking back complaining about not achieving certain goals or mixing up your fitness routine.

To help, here are three ways to mix up your training programme to make a happier finish to the year.

GROUP CLASSES

There are plenty of excellent group fitness classes daily around Dubai and Abu Dhabi – with the chance to train either before work in the morning or the evening time.

All it takes is 45 minutes for a training session to make you feel mentally and physically sharp.

It may take a while to find a class that suits you, but if you go with friends, it’ll make it easier and more enjoyable.

The benefits of committing to a group class is that you’ll get pushed harder than an average training session on your own.

If you want to be committed to a class then book into 10 classes for a set fee and that will force you to go on a daily basis.

RUN

Although we’re not blessed with long stretches of sunlight in the evening, you can run any time of the day over here.

If you’re eyeing any fitness event across the calendar year, you should take advantage of running or walking outside in the morning before work or evening after work.

Wherever you live across the UAE, there are plenty of running routes available (check out pick of the best in Abu Dhabi and Dubai).

If you want to take it a bit more seriously, then invest in a sports watch or heart rate monitor which can be linked to many free apps on your IPhone (MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun).

JOIN A SPORTS TEAM

Being part of a sports club is the best way to keep fit and make friends. Spending one to two evenings a week with a team is a great method of socialising, keeping fit in a fun environment, and most importantly, taking your mind off the stressful demands of the working week.

Whether you’re in a new country or looking for a lifestyle change at home, being part of a team is one of the best ways to boost happiness and stay healthy.

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adidas Nite Jogger: Classic creativity for those who want to stand out

David Cooper - Writer 14:46 01/05/2019
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The adidas Nite Jogger

adidas Originals has collaborated with four UAE creatives for their Nite Jogger campaign – shot during the day and at night encapsulating the essence of the shoe.

Created for those who want to stand out, the Nite Jogger incorporates classic archival cues with modern lines. Inspired by the brand’s first foray of running shoes in the 70s into hi-vis technology, the new Nite Jogger has been redesigned for fashion – a classic interpretation of a past icon retooled and restyled for today’s night time creator.

A shoe designed for those that seek creativity, unbound by the constraints of daylight, the Nite Jogger campaign features creative Hamoody Bamby, who is an Emirati fitness influencer and comedian with a contagious positive energy. The campaign line up also included Abdullah Hindash an avid content creator and photographer, Julian Haddad a lifestyle, travel and fashion blogger and street fashion stylist, Sarah Hachem.

The Nite Jogger is now available in adidas Originals stores across the GCC and online at https://shop.adidas.ae/en/ for a retail price of AED 650.

Complimentary personalized reflective boot bag available at Dubai Mall, adidas Originals store when you purchase a pair of Nite Jogger kicks. Customers can also enjoy #NITEJOGGER virtual reality experience with the VR headsets.

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New production helping to raise Parkinson’s Disease awareness with show tickets available

Hiba Khan - Writer 10:40 11/04/2019
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When the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the heavyweight boxing champion dedicated the rest of his life to raise awareness for this illness and established a centre in his name to facilitate research and find a cure for it.

Despite the many years of research, a cure for this chronic neuro-degenerative disorder is still not within reach.

However, as the number of cases associated with the illness continue to grow at an alarming rate, Dubai-based Kathak dancer, Dr. Vonita Singh came up with a unique way of alleviating the symptoms of this disease using dance, which is the ethos behind her social enterprise Movement Mantra (MoMa).

“I am the daughter of a Parkinson’s Disease (PD) hero – my father fought this Phantom PD for six long years before succumbing to it in 2009,” she said speaking of her background. “Using the technical rigour and experience gained during and after my Ph.D. in Anthropology, coupled with a lifetime devoted to Kathak, I validated my instinct on how to help People with PD by training with the New York based ‘Dance for PD group’.

“Movement Mantra (MoMa) has been set up with the belief that a holistic, mindful approach is necessary to treat people suffering from PD.

“The long-term objective of my work is to create awareness and interventions for people with Parkinson’s by helping them regain lost mobility through elements of dance, bring them together to share, learn and benefit from collective experiences.”

Dr. Singh has been championing the Parkinson’s cause for the last five years and in light of April being the Parkinson’s awareness month, Dr. Singh collaborated with independent theatre company Third Half Theatre to bring the story of her father to life on stage with ‘Still Dancing’ an original theatre production to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease in the UAE.

Speaking of her involvement with the production, Dr. Singh said, “the inspiration behind this play is my father and the trials and tribulations we went through as a family of care givers.

“More recently though, my inspiration is all the people afflicted with Parkinson’s who I have met in Dubai and the larger Middle East, many of whom have inspired me no end by their grit and determination.

“Whilst one may not be able to prevent PD, we can surely do with becoming better equipped to anticipate the challenges of both patients and care givers and thereby become more effective in our treatment and interventions,” she said.

In the absence of a proper medical cure for Parkinson’s, Dr. Singh affirms the positive impact of the set of non-medical interventions offered by MoMa across all spheres of an individual’s performance like mobility, social integration and emotional well-being.

The tickets for Still Dancing – A true story of a Parkinson’s Hero are currently on sale on www.Platinumlist.net and are priced at Dh100.

Title: Still Dancing – A true story of a Parkinson’s Hero

Venue: The Junction, Al Serkal Avenue

When: Friday 19:00, Saturday 15:30 and 19:30

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