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Harriet Shephard

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December in the UAE is the perfect time for hikes, picnics, beach days and other fun outdoor activities — unfortunately, it’s also when increasing amounts of garbage litter the country’s landscape.   “It’s so disturbing to visit some of our beautiful natural habitats and see them strewn with trash,” says Habiba Al Mar’ashi, Chairperson and Co-Founder of The Emirates Environmental Group (EEG).  “We all know that leaving plastic or any waste on the ground can negatively...

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Many of the world’s rarest and most fascinating creatures can be found across the UAE’s numerous swish animal parks and sprawling reserves, and also roaming in the wild.   Those who take a moment to explore are treated to enchanting sights such as turtles and dolphins swimming in the clear waters of Arabian Gulf, gazelles scampering across urban golf courses and the Arabian camel, the most iconic of all the Middle East’s creatures, meandering through the...

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Chakra is a Sanskrit word that can be traced back to the Vedas, the oldest text in ancient India produced between 1500 and 500 BC. However, some scholars think they were mentioned even earlier. Part of Hindu and Buddhist traditions, chakras are believed to be spinning disks of energy. There are said to be seven chakras running along the spine to the top of the head, and that these are linked to our nerve centers,...

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 422 million people across the globe are living with diabetes. Unfortunately, the UAE has one of the world’s highest rates, with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi estimating that one in five adults has some form of the disease, and that cases will double by 2040. A long-term condition that affects the body’s ability to produce insulin and remove glucose from the bloodstream, diabetes can lead to heart disease, organ...

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Everything gets busier and more exciting during the UAE’s cooler season, including our training and fitness.  Each weekend brings a new running race, and a fresh chance to challenge ourselves along with hundreds, or even thousands, of others from our local community.   Whether you’re hooked on that euphoric finishing feeling, or you simply need some extra motivation to start your morning jogs again, check out these heart-pumping, thrilling and enjoyable running races that are kicking...

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As someone who loves nothing more than a super sweaty gym class, it’s almost shameful to say that, before this week, I had never experienced the fitness phenomenon that is Barry’s Bootcamp. Calling it a phenomenon is by no means an exaggeration. Founded in Hollywood in 1998, Barry’s boasts over 77 branches across 15 different countries, including seven in just London alone. Abu Dhabi’s fitness enthusiasts have looked on enviously since Barry’s made its UAE debut at DIFC, Dubai...

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Known for its luscious green oasis and towering Jebel Hafeet mountain, the garden city in the emirate of Abu Dhabi has long been a tantalizing natural playground for runners, cyclists and outdoor fitness enthusiasts. Not only that, but it’s recently welcomed an influx of flashy gyms and boutique studios, and offers an increasing selection of healthy eateries. Quiet and peaceful compared to the bustling cities of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, residents and visitors are invited...

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There are a growing number of homegrown UAE fitness-wear brands to turn to these days, each featuring trendy, ethical and performance-focused pieces perfectly suited to the balmy local climate and its thriving fitness scene. Indeed, choosing regional labels is an easy way of shopping more sustainably, supporting the nation’s small businesses, and gaining a sizzling, comfy and versatile new exercise wardrobe in the process.  Check out Livehealthy’s favorite UAE-founded fitness brands to work up a...

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With the pandemic closing gyms across the world for months on end, the way that we like to work out has shifted considerably.    Many of us have clocked on to the fact that exercising at home involves less traveling and expense, not to mention staying cool inside with the air conditioning, and this has prompted a whole new wave of cutting-edge digital home gym equipment.   Forget unsightly treadmills and bulky spinning bikes, these days it’s...

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When it comes to flashy gyms and upscale yoga studios — even new health food options — Abu Dhabi and Dubai tend to get all the attention. But with well over a million people, Sharjah is bursting with people looking to destress and boost their health and fitness levels by getting active. Here are some of the best places to work on your health and fitness. Gyms Fitness First Popular throughout the Middle East, Fitness...

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Fancy heading indoors and mixing up your exercise routine and trying one of the new UAE gyms that have opened (or are soon) just in time for summer? Ranging from sleek and stylish spinning studios to raw and rugged CrossFit playgrounds, here are 10 options that can offer countless ways to make you feel happier and healthier. Get ready to fall back in love with fitness. CAMP – Dubai Launched at the end of January, this trendy...