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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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Unless you fly away for the entire summer, chances are you are looking for compelling indoor activities to beat the UAE heat. Whether you’re searching for the perfect family day outing, fancy getting artsy with some friends or seeking an alternative to getting those steps in, we’ve got you covered.  Teible culinary workshops (Dubai) What’s cooking? This farm-to-table restaurant is hosting a series of culinary workshops during the summer for budding chefs and eager home cooks...

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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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With the summer heat now well and truly soaring in the UAE, you might think it’s time to stop exercising in the great outdoors, and instead head for the gym and the relief of super-cool air conditioning. But did you know that exercising outside in the heat can actually be beneficial? Not only can it increase your blood flow, it can lead to physical gains and psychological benefits such as improving your cardiovascular health. So...

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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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You know the drill: Your New Year’s plans gave way to, well it’s summer now and you are still figuring out how to embark on a sustainable and reasonable health and exercise plan. Even though you may feel you are in a rut, motivation is actually only a few workouts away.  Take these tips from Ali Syed, regional fitness manager at Fitness First, for getting back to a healthy exercise routine any time that you happen...

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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...

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Whether to increase flexibility or prevent injury or for the positive impact on mental health, men are becoming ever more convinced of the benefits of yoga practice. While high-profile yogis like the impossibly bendy Russell Brand might scare some off, elite athletes such as Tom Brady, LeBron James and Ryan Giggs have helped move the practice toward the male mainstream.  Frenchman Allaoua Gaham has lived in Dubai for 12 years and in 2016 quit his...

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It’s not until I am lying on my right side, a long flaming candle sticking out of my ear, wincing from a sharp, needle-like pain, that I regret my spur-of-the-moment decision to try ear candling. Stay with me. Years ago, I used to visit regularly a woman who did facial reflexology out of her villa in Abu Dhabi. I remember leaving those sessions floating and serene, and after she moved back home, I was never...