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Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen, Author at Live Healthy

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A pandemic won’t stop the UAE from producing new obstacle courses, parkour coaching, silent yoga, or delicious vegan and gluten-free treats. With social distancing, safe delivery and all the precautionary measures taken, here are a range of new things to try.  Trampoline tricks Bounce is giving everyone the chance to learn parkour and trampoline tricks via a new 10-week Ninja Squad program as part of its Freestyle Academy. The program caters to all ages, and...

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The first Veganuary was launched in 2014 by a UK non-profit and while the concept took a while to land in the UAE, restaurants are now falling all over themselves to get in on the Beyond Burger action. Special menus are all well and good, but whether the desire is to eat less meat is for reasons of health, animal welfare or global sustainability, diners need quality vegan options for the other 11 months of...

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Looking for a new fitness challenge? Thank the Spartan Race trend for the new range of obstacle courses that can really push your limits, test your stamina and boost your confidence. From slippery pipes and dark tunnels to clambering up walls and swinging from ropes, obstacles are becoming the next big skill to master. X Park at Bounce Bounce has locations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and is primarily known as a trampoline park, but...

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As a single person, I struggle to eat full, healthy, nourishing meals. What normally happens is that I stock up on greens and veggies, eat some of them and then get busy and let rest rot. It’s also quite common for me to work until I’m ravenous, then scour the cupboards for whatever I can find to graze on or try to order a healthy takeaway and count the cranky minutes until it arrives. Occasionally...

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From ethically-sourced clothing and accessories to a made-in-the-UAE gym kit to a compact workout bench, livehealthy’s gift guide has you covered.  Only Ethikal Show the do-gooder in your life a thing or two with an item from Only Ethikal, a sustainable fashion e-commerce platform in the UAE founded by Deepthi Chandran Joyau, who was born and raised in Dubai and spent 15 years in the corporate world. Each design is produced and traded ethically  and...

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It’s increasingly recognized that sticking to traditional concepts of masculinity and male gender roles stigmatizes men expressing emotions and places limits on what they feel comfortable expressing. And this, in turn, causes many problems, both at work and at home. As British comic and writer Robert Webb put it, “The Rules for Being a Man go something like this: Don’t cry. Love sport. Play rough. Don’t talk about feelings.” But, he asked in his 2017...

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More than two-thirds of men living in the UAE are at risk for advanced prostate and testicular cancer because they don’t know the symptoms and they don’t go to the doctor. This comes from a survey of 1,000 residents commissioned by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, which is  part of the hospital’s annual Movember-related men’s health campaign ‘MENtion It.’ “Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, while testicular cancer is the most common...

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The year 2020 has undoubtedly been one of the toughest years faced by today’s world, due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. Daily routines and habits have given way to the “new normal.”  It has also made us think more than ever about health and wellbeing, both physical and mental. Luckily, the Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30 is back from October 30, to give a little boost to those whose health and fitness might have fallen by...

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Screening and acting quickly is key when it comes to finding out you have breast cancer, according to a 30-year-old woman who noticed a lump earlier this year when she was breastfeeding her third child. By the time she arrived at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, the woman had already undergone a screening mammogram and biopsy. Further investigation with genetic counseling found a mutation in BRCA1, a breast cancer-susceptible gene. Women who have BRCA1 or BRCA2...

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A major factor in the number of deaths from Covid-19 is diabesity: the modern-day combination of diabetes and obesity. The condition is associated with a higher risk of contracting severe forms of bacterial and virus respiratory infections, including H1N1, influenza, SARS MERS and now Covid-19. Obese patients are three times more prone to severe infections than those of a normal weight. Worldwide, obesity has nearly tripled since 1975 and along with it has come a...

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I heard about it at the beginning of the week, from a friend who’d been to Emirates Palace by the Corniche. A few days later, it happened to me as I entered Ace Hardware on Yas Island. By the time I got to my Friday morning F45 class at Zayed Sports City, I was an old hand: offering up my wrist, not my forehead, for a temperature check.  No matter where you sit on the...