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.
Introducing Boost HD: a new innovation in Boost technology. adidas has engineered Boost HD for more stability with the same unrivalled energy return and comfort. It’s a new expression of the best.
Sitting lower to the ground, Pulseboost HD is ready for the unexpected. A sudden stop, juke or quick change in direction on a busy city street is not a problem with a completely new package of performance benefits for runners.
Boost HD is engineered for more stability with the same best-in-class comfort and energy return—a new expression of the best.
Continental Adaptive Traxion is a new Continental Rubber outsole developed by artificial intelligence, giving maximum grip to quickly change direction on any surface, dry or wet.
Adapt Knit is a new flexible upper that stretches where you need it.
Stephan Schneider, Sr. Product Manager, adidas Running, said: “Running in a city is unlike running anywhere else. Traffic, lights and crowds make for a unique experience—high challenges that come with high reward. We wanted to create something that was born from urban runners. Their infrastructure. Their inspirations. Their energy.
“To create Pulseboost HD, we started by breaking down the elements of running in a city, namely position of the foot. For example, runners are more on their forefoot than midfoot. We then used computational design and, most importantly, insight from key urban runners to create Pulseboost HD. This isn’t a product made by adidas, it is a shoe created by urban running culture.”
To highlight the design and collaboration story, the shoe features the GPS coordinates for New York, Paris and Berlin, where runners from each city helped develop Pulseboost HD.
In partnership with Spotify, adidas put a QR code on the tongue that links directly to a custom playlist based on where you are in the world, ensuring every runner is ready to move. Scan the code with a mobile device to launch Spotify and unlock an exclusive playlist.
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.
A dynamic XFit 3-in-1 studio has opened in Dubai bringing together three concepts including lifting, boxing and high intensity conditioning.
With HIIT classes now seemingly based in most gyms, and focused studios popping up across the city it can be hard to stand out from the crowd in the fight for members.
In an age where boredom can hit hard, each tries to offer their own blend of result-based training with a variety to keep both body and mind stimulated.
The XFit concept, brought to you by Fitness First in Town Centre, incorporates three studios in one place; known as ‘The Box’, each studio covers three zones: LIFT, BOX and HIIT, all of which guarantee a unique variety of fun, high intensity and dynamic workouts, designed to achieve maximum results in a short space of time.
XFit members can choose from over 10 specialist classes including X60, BOXX, Smash and Lift, that are proven to improve your cardio and overall agility to ensure you get fit, fast and lean. Each class is designed to create physical change, improve movement skills and build confidence and offers a unique approach to working out.
Throughout group classes one-on-one coaching is offered to help improve performance and understanding of individual physical abilities.
At the new XFit studio members also have the added benefit of managing their own programmes during the week to help improve their strength and areas of development.
Located in Town Centre, the new XFit studio caters to everyone from beginners to seasoned athletes and fitness fanatics whilst providing a supportive community environment.
With limited spaces in classes, there can be a race to ensure you are booked in – but with classes offered at various times of the day, XFit members can sweat it out before or after work, during lunch or even over the weekend; either way, there is a slot guaranteed to fit around any busy schedule.
For more information see https://uae.fitnessfirstme.com/train-with-us/xfit