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Lina Elmusa, Author at Live Healthy

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Faris Al Zaabi’s in an Emirati triathlete, as well as an Emirati health and wellness ambassador for Ma’an’s Let’s Connect program. Ma’an is an Abu Dhabi organization that promotes community wellness. His career in sports started in 2010, when he studied sports sciences at the University of Victoria in Canada. He  moved on to a master’s degree in sports management at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. “Growing up, my family encouraged me to participate in...

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We often think of being healthy in terms of going to the gym and exercising. However, exercising outdoors has proven to be better than exercise in a built environment for mental health, while exercising in either space yields positive results for physical health. How often do you head to one of Abu Dhabi’s parks to exercise? A study conducted in Finland confirms that “nature provides an added value to the known benefits of physical activity....

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On her 20th birthday, Alia Alhamedh found out that she had kidney problems and would need dialysis treatment. Her brother, Buti, offered to donate his kidney – “I wanted to change her life,” he explained – but Alia initially said no. “I didn’t want the donor to be one of my family members,” she said. “But after about a year, my mental state worsened so much that I asked my brother to start the donation process.”...

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Growing up in Saudi Arabia, Dr Dina Al-Tayeb always loved sports. Her mother encouraged her passion, despite the severe restrictions her country imposed on women taking part in sport. The dentist and mother-of-three tells the Livehealthy Arabic Podcast how she beat the odds and how, after more than 15 years of steady hard work, she became the first Saudi woman to complete the notoriously grueling Ironman Triathlon. The triathlon combines a 2.4-mile (3.8km) swim, a 112-mile (180km)...

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For years now, Omar Aldhiyebi, head of the  Regional Football Training Association has been close friends with Hamad Alshehhi. One of the many reasons for their friendship is that as a young person of determination, Hamad did not have other friends. His social circle was limited to his mother and brothers. But joining the football team changed his life. It also changed Omar’s, too, ad the pair became the inspiration for Rab3i, aka “friends group.” The...

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Living in such a fast-paced, diverse region – not to mention the disruption caused by Covid-19 –has left many young people feeling exhausted and uncertain. Whether they are just graduating from high school or at university or trying to launch a career, or just in need of some sage advice from someone in their own age group,  Dubai-based life coach Mohammed Sweidan offers support and wisdom via TikTok. His short videos have proved such a hit that...

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Dr Lamees Abu Hlaiqa is an Emirati physician and executive trainer, public health expert and social media activist. She has her own podcast, Ask a Doctor with Dr Lamees. She is also a board member of the Bahr Cultural Foundation and a member of Livehealthy’s expert panel. In this translated episode of The Livehealthy Podcast (Arabic), Dr Modia Batterjee talks to Dr Lamees about the effect of toxic masculinity on men’s physical and mental health...

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Calisthenics is a fast-growing functional sport requiring minimal equipment, so no wonder it has become hugely popular during the pandemic when gyms have either closed or operated with restricted capacity. In the Livehealthy podcast (Arabic) Ahmed Al Junaibi from Abu Dhabi’s Strike fitness, talks about suddenly abandoning bodybuilding for calisthenics. What is calisthenics? What skills does it require? Calisthenics is a group of resistance exercises that use the body’s weight with gravity to control and...

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Muay Thai is known as the sport of eight weapons because it employs fists, elbows, knees and feet.  “This ability to use the entire body and the philosophy of Muay Thai is why I teach it,” explains coach Yazan Yaseen.  The 34-year-old Jordanian coach, an instructor at the Abu Dhabi-based outdoor gym Strike.ae, says Muay Thai is helpful in almost any circumstance.  “If someone is trying to attack you in an elevator, for example, you...