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In Saudi Arabia, yoga is coming out of the shadows and making up for lost time. Men and women across the Kingdom have embraced this practice for decades in small, private settings, through personal invites, private social media posts, and word of mouth. But it was only 2017 when that all changed, and yoga was officially recognized as an important sports activity by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Sports, a push instigated by Princess Reema bint Bandar,...

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With countless picturesque green spaces, exercise tracks and outdoor gym equipment spread throughout every community, the UAE capital has long been a fabulous place for joggers, cyclists and fitness fanatics. And the emirate is ramping up its commitment to encouraging residents to take up active and healthy lifestyles and spend more time exercising out in the fresh air.  Last year saw the opening of Al Gurm Corniche, including a 3.5km cycling and running track and...

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For those of a certain age, skateboarding likely conjures nostalgic images of Bart Simpson tearing up the streets of Springfield, games of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater on the PlayStation and ridiculous skating stunts on hit MTV show Jackass.  But like many things from the nineties, skateboarding is now firmly back en vogue. The sport made its debut at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Three of the four gold medallists were in their teens and the...

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Many of us start every new year vowing to do more exercise and live a healthier lifestyle and thanks to Active Parks, Abu Dhabi residents are off to a good head start.   Over the next four weeks, the new initiative is hosting an incredible 380 fitness classes across 12 of the emirate’s most picturesque and popular parks. And the best bit is that each session is absolutely free.  This means that you can work up a...

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I have never been on social media – nor close to being a fitness influencer – until last year. When I created my account in November, my only purpose was to share my knowledge with my family and friends. However, the account grew to 50,000 organic followers in less than one year, without any paid promotions.  I have shown people what I do in order to have a healthy and balanced lifestyle, how I exercise;...

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Aziza Sbaity is the fastest woman in Lebanon, but her journey of breaking records has been filled with challenges. It started as a child, fleeing her mother’s war-torn country of Liberia. Then there was the racism she experienced during her first years in the country, and the injuries that have hampered her performance in sports. Aziza tells the Livehealthy Arabic Podcast about how she overcame them all — and about what she plans to do...

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With amazing weather and gorgeous settings, Abu Dhabi is a sensational place for some outdoor yoga.   Feeling the sun on your back while you’re moving into a vinyasa just makes that rush of energy feel extra powerful, so why not give it a try while the temperatures are still perfect?  Here are six of the most incredible places to flow in the fresh air: Cove Beach Abu Dhabi   This sizzling beach club might be...

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For most runners, aside from those intrepid zealots chasing ultra-distances, the marathon represents the pinnacle of their sport. On Friday November 26 2021, the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon returns to give entrants in the UAE capital an opportunity to reach their own milestones by completing 42 kilometers.  It is the third incarnation of the Abu Dhabi Marathon and after a two-year, Covid-enforced wait, the 2021 edition promises a new, faster route that is focused around...

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There’s a positive buzz spreading across the region and beyond about Method By Kat, a program of functional, predominantly bodyweight workout classes for women who want to lose weight, get strong or just feel healthier. We decided to track down Kathryn Diab, the Dubai-based woman behind the brand to find out what it’s all about. The mother-of-six — SIX — looks fresh and energized when we meet and I get the feeling that this is...

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Sweat drips down my face, a thumping beat surges through my body and multi-colored strobe lights illuminate figures that are moving around me in the dark. No, this isn’t an illegal desert rave. This is CRANK, Abu Dhabi’s trendiest new boutique studio. Already a well-established institution in Dubai’s Al Serkal Avenue, the Abu Dhabi branch is located at the freshly revamped Sheikha Fatima Park in Khalidiyah. Of course, the UAE isn’t short of fancy fitness...

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Nuno Costas Fernandes knows a thing or two about hard work and overcoming the odds: as a perennially overweight youngster, he was often bullied and terrible in sports. But as he told The Livehealthy Podcast recently, he managed to overcome a painful and unhealthy start to earn a master’s in electronic and telecommunications engineering and become one of the most popular indoor cycling instructors in Dubai. After getting the entrepreneurial spirit and ease with people from his...