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Why not build on the health opportunities that Ramadan provides, and use the Holy Month to build habits that will last the whole year through? Fasting in Ramadan is similar to a consistent practice of intermittent fasting, in which food is consumed within a smaller window of time. During the Holy Month, fasting is done between the Fair and Magrib prayer – roughly 12 hours between dawn and dusk. Fasting is considered to be a natural...

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There is no better time to set personal fitness goals than during the Holy Month, which is all about setting aside time to reflect, rejuvenate, break old habits and start new ones. Here’s how I managed to lose weight and build muscle last Ramadan.  Step 1: Decide Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining from food and drink, among other pleasures (particularly the guilty ones)...

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Your body goes through a number of changes during Ramadan when you’re fasting, owing to the adjustment in sleep patterns, fluid intake, modifications in what and when you eat, as well as altering the timings of your exercise schedule and indeed the type of exercise you can among to do. All of these changes can lead to a loss of lean muscle mass.  Maintaining and indeed increasing lean muscle requires following a careful diet and...

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It’s one of the most popular sports in the UAE and this week sees the return of its flagship tournament: the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship (ADWPJJC).  Now in its 12th year, the competition takes place from Tuesday to Friday (April 6 to 9), with the world’s best going up against local talent. There are also competitions for junior fighters under the age of 18. In total, some 2,000 athletes are expected to compete...

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Ultimate Fighting Championship is the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world — and it’s launching a new gym for hardcore fitness fanatics in Abu Dhabi. The Ultimate Fighting Championship – aka UFC — has become a big deal in the UAE in recent years. Yas Island, the official venue for UFC bouts since 2019, draws global attention and gets renamed as Fight Island every time it hosts a UFC event. But the UFC’s...

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Wearing a fitness tracker is one of the easiest ways to establish and maintain an active lifestyle. It’s habit-forming and once you get used to seeing your progress each day, you won’t want to stop. In addition to automatically logging your physical and biometric activity, it doubles as a motivational tool. Apple Watch is known for sending messages periodically reminding wearers to stand up and my Fitbit just congratulated me for taking 10,000 steps. These...

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I’ve been interested in the growing body of research on quantification for more than 10 years, almost from the first article I read about tracking and measuring our bodily functions, movement, sleep, food and more to achieve peak performance. I just haven’t been interested in doing it myself.  When I was in my 20s, I struggled with my weight. Twice I lost 30 pounds – a huge feat, but I gained it back twice too....

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There’s no denying there are many reasons why 2020 was a year to forget, but it did produce a few positives and one of them was the growth of the UAE’s cycling scene. The sport took off in a big way last year. A survey of 3,100 riders by the country’s Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre of at the end of 2020 revealed that 20 per cent of them had got into the sport because...

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My love of tennis began in 1977 when, at seven years old, I caught chickenpox. It was doing the rounds at school and, like all kids who got it, I was prescribed calamine lotion, cool baths and two weeks off.  Those two weeks coincided with Wimbledon, one of four tennis tournaments in the annual Grand Slam. I was instantly addicted, glued to the television daily and refusing to get off the sofa until poor light...

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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...