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There is a serious health crisis in the UAE – an epidemic of overweight and obese children. Unless we take action now, there will be grave consequences for all of us.  Life today is not how it used to be. Mornings used to start slowly with a good, nutritious breakfast eaten with the family. You walked to school, ate a balanced lunch and exercised in gym class and after school. Dinner was a home-cooked meal that...

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Have you ever heard the expression “live simply, so others may simply live”?   For the stereotypical UAE resident, that idea may be quite far from the reality of their luxury lifestyle. However, as we learn through almost daily apocalyptic headlines about the impact of climate change, if we don’t change the way we live to be more environmentally friendly, we might not have any chance of living at all in a few decades.   Fortunately, living...

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The latest workout trend to land in the UAE isn’t another high-impact HIIT class, or spin on indoor cycling or new version of yoga. It’s Stick Mobility, and it’s all about making your body work better by increasing your range of movement, enhancing your neuromuscular awareness, improving your posture and creating better full-body strength.  “It’s very popular in the US already,” says Leo Nieves, education and career specialist at MeFitPro, the fitness solutions company that...

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When it comes to running, Caroline Labouchere may like to race, but she is not in any kind of hurry. It wasn’t always that way for the 55-year-old mother of two grown children, who lives in Dubai with her husband David and two dogs and travels frequently for a bustling new career as an international grey model.   She used to do 100 mile-plus bike races, but gave that up after a fall. (“Also, you have...

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We’ve been diving deep into all the podcasts coming out of the UAE — keep up, it’s a fast-growing field — in search of savvy new offerings and established all-stars. Our criteria? Each podcast must be current, produced regularly and provide valuable tips for improving the health of your mind and body. Here’s what we found. Enlightened Abroad Derek Straat is an American ESL teacher who has lived in six countries and travelled through 50 since...

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Derek Straat was still sound testing when he realized that the guest he was interviewing for an episode of his new podcast, Enlightened Abroad, was “pure gold.”  Devanshu Wiersma is a practitioner of Tibetan “pulsing,” a therapy that combines eye reading for spiritual and emotional healing. Among other things, Wiersma got on the topic of meeting the Indian spiritual leader Osho and the controversy surrounding his death.  “He starts talking about all of these secrets and...

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The list of great steakhouses in the UAE is long: Boa and Butcher & Still in Abu Dhabi; Prime 68 and The Rib Room in Dubai, to name a few. But sometimes you just want to kick back at home and prepare your own. We went to Chef Daniel Irvine at one of the capital’s top steakhouses, Ray’s Grill, which is located in Abu Dhabi’s Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, for some top tips.  It’s all...

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It takes more than losing weight to feel healthy, look healthy and stay healthy.  With information coming at us from all sides, we all have our pick of diets and lifestyle choices. Whether it suits us and how long we will stick to any given plan is another matter altogether. That’s why I like the paleo method, simply because it’s a sustainable lifestyle, not just a diet. I started experimenting with this way of eating...

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Pete Aldwinkle had a decidedly rocky six months leading up to his mental health crisis, followed by a diagnosis of depression and post traumatic stress disorder. After splitting from his partner of 15 years, the Dubai-based Briton took his first holiday in three years back in late 2016 to cycle from Mexico to Canada with his teenaged daughter — only to return and find his company embroiled in turmoil.  “I was very aware that I...

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If we do not take care of ourselves, no one else will. And if we are not well, then nothing in our life will be well. It all starts with us. However, we have been conditioned to believe that self-care is selfish – and at the same time that we need to be our best when interacting with others, in our “social box,” instead of being our best to ourselves, listening to our gut, our...

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Since its first facility opened in the UK more than 25 years ago, Fitness First has grown into a global behemoth, with more than one million members and 10,000 employees worldwide. It may be an industry leader, but Fitness First is certainly not immune to changes in the fitness landscape. Chains and large-scale facilities are increasingly falling out of favor these days. Just as in the tourism sector, where people are turning to boutique hotels,...