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CommunityFitnessMental Health7 healthy things: Adidas Run, Orangetheory opens, iTrain Saturdays + more

Orangetheory Fitness Dubai opens at Times Square Centre and adidas and Parley for the Oceans host the Run for the Oceans at Kite Beach.
Ann Marie McQueenJune 17, 201827 min
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Run for the Oceans, adidasRun for the Oceans is at Kite Beach. Photo courtesy Run for the Oceans

DUBAI: Sign up for the Run for the Oceans, which take place on Friday, June 22 at Kite Beach, Dubai. Adidas, the sporting goods company, has partnered with Parley for the Oceans to host the event, which is being held across six cities around the world. Adidas has pledged to contribute US$1 million to the Parley Ocean Plastic Program for the first one million kilometers completed. Participants can track the distance they contribute to the cause through the digital platform Runtastic. 

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Good vibrations can be had at sound meditation sessions. Come make your cells sing. Photo courtesy unsplash.

DUBAI: Sleep easy after experiencing the restorative power of a sound meditation session at the House of Oneness – Bur Dubai. Singing bowls, gongs and an assortment of other instruments create a series of vibrations that, it is claimed, resonate in the cells of the body. This is supposed to create deep relaxation and help to balance energy. Sessions are Tuesdays from 8-9pm and must be booked ahead of time; Dh30 per session.

ABU DHABI: Get healthy at the mall and don’t spend a penny, with Daman ActiveLife’s free iTrain Saturdays. Run or walk through the bright and airy corridors of Yas Mall. One, three and five-kilometer tracks available. Saturdays at 8am from the VIP entrance. 

Wash, wear, recycle. Repeat. Photo courtesy Washmen.

DUBAI: Get your laundry done and recycle at the same time with Washmen’s new home recycling initiative, launched in partnership with Greentruck. Washmen – a service available through an Android or iOs app – will pick up their own plastic wrap and hangers, as well as any additional plastic and paper (as long as they are stashed in a Washmen bag). The cost is Dh1 with a Washmen order, Dh45 without.

EVERYWHERE: Start the day phone-free. Spend your first hour awake by setting intentions rather than procrastinating while on social media. Vow to leave your phone untouched until you are showered, nourished and have had a real conversation. It’s one of the best ways to take back control of your life.

DUBAI: The wait is over. Check out a 60-minute class at Orangetheory Fitness Dubai, which opens to the public after Eid, and burn calories for a promised 36 hours afterward. This high-intensity interval-training class combines free weights with cardio, and involves either running, biking, rower or strider. Burn from 500 to 1,000 calories in an hour, wearing a heart-rate monitor that connects to a big screen that show how the whole class is performing.

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Board games are a way to wean children (and some adults, too) off their electronic devices. Photo courtesy unsplash.

DUBAI: Get your children to look up from their iPads and get stuck into board games. Sign them up for the Masters of Board Games summer group, July 15-19 at The Developing Child Centre in Umm Suqueim 2. Each day, from 4-5pm, children aged 7 to 8 can build their problem-solving skills and learn to work independently and in teams.

Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen is the founding editor-in-chief of Livehealthy and host of The Livehealthy Podcast. She is a veteran Canadian digital journalist who has worked in North America and the Middle East. Her past roles include features editor for The National, trends writer and columnist for the Canadian newspaper chain Sun Media, and correspondent for CBC Radio.

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