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Whether it’s the guilt of having missed a workout session or dragging yourself out of bed for an early morning jog even if you aren’t at all up for it, the concept that exercise can be an addiction is becoming more of a concern among fitness experts and health specialists. Without knowing the individual circumstances surrounding each person, it can be difficult to determine how much exercise is too much. The addiction specialists from the private rehab...

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The Ukraine crisis has consumed us in a sudden and overwhelming information overload. After weeks of warnings about a potential war in Ukraine preceded by years of increasing antagonism, the Russian military marched into the country and swiftly altered geopolitics for decades to come. Within minutes of the invasion, the global news cycle kicked into high-octane war coverage and it hasn’t stopped since. While it is vital that the war and suffering of the Ukrainian people is reported as transparently as possible,...

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While digital technology has connected millions of people across the globe and brought many of us closer together, it has also created a lonely and isolating place for others — especially children. The latest phones, laptops and iPads have become must-have accessories that are more important to a young family than a pet. But this exposure to all that info has seen an increase in digital addiction. In fact, it’s becoming so prevalent, that it’s...

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Paul Thornley isn’t afraid of making enemies, clearly. Almost everything this Dubai-based former British military neuromuscular therapist and body movement specialist — and Pilates instructor — says challenges fitness and movement as we know it. What does he believe in? Biotensegrity, which is all about understanding fascia, how to maintain our most efficient movement, and adaptation, without compromising structural integrity. And stretching? As he told The Livehealthy Podcast on March 9, not so much. You ask ‘should...

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After 18 years of searching for a cure for fibromyalgia, all I wanted to do was to be able to function.  But with some lifestyle adjustments, I have been able to achieve much more than that. I can manage the severe pain, and when I have a fibromyalgia attack, I take a rest and take the painkiller: without giving up, with the certainty that time and it will pass and I will return to my normal...

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It was back in 2016 that the UAE appointed its first Minister of State for Happiness, Her Excellency Ohoud Al Roumi. In the intervening years the department has sought to drive innovative policy, determined to show that its creation was about bringing substantive change and not just positive publicity.  The United Nations World 2021 Happiness Report placed the UAE as the 25th happiest country between 2018-20, and despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the...

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For many of us, the idea of adding another social media platform to our already web-centric lives is very unappealing. But refreshingly, ASKWHO isn’t about gathering as many likes and followers as possible.  Founded in Dubai by expats Michael Askew and Matthew Gaziano and currently available around the world”, the group social media app encourages users to connect with others from their local area, share tips, exchange ideas and even meet up in person.   With...

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From dating apps to reality TV to social media to the real world, there are plenty of ways to find love. However it’s in maintaining those connections that things usually fall apart. Since experience is the best teacher, we reached out to long-established couples in the UAE for their best relationship advice — a task that proved quite difficult. Couples like this are guarded; they protect the sanctity of their relationships by maintaining privacy. Many...

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We feel increasingly lonely in our world. Some people blame loneliness on invasive social media and others blame it on pervasive technology.  And while these two factors are major culprits for how disconnected we feel from each other, one of the main reasons for our loneliness is that we are disconnected from ourselves. So when we take the disconnection from the self and throw in the rise of filters, plastic surgery, and the objectification of...