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We get a lot of great health and fitness advice from some really smart people here at livehealthy.ae. Here are some of the best of the year.  Build a community  Every person at some point in their lives has to find their place in a new situation. That’s why we loved the excerpt from Dubai-based Rachael Lynn’s book At Home Anywhere. The author, community organizer and writer suggests that you first get to know yourself – and...

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Just a decade ago, health agencies believed they were on the verge of conquering measles, one of the most preventable diseases on the planet.  Measles is transmitted by direct contact with infected droplets or by airborne spread. Taken over time, the worldwide drop in measles deaths is striking. Before the vaccine was introduced in the 1960s, 2.6 million people per year died from the disease. By 2000, that had dropped to 536,000 people. According to the...

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The UAE has seen exponential growth in the health and fitness industry over the last few years and it shows no sign of slowing down. We asked a woman who is always ahead of the curve – personal trainer, nutrition coach and fitness journalist, Devinder Bains – to talk us through the big health and fitness trends for 2020: all the new classes, gadgets and foods that we’ll be loving as we enter the new...

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Before I get into why a naysayer like me tried Reiki, I’ll begin with a statement of fact: I am hopeless at yoga, pilates, meditation and all the rest of it. If I don’t sweat, I don’t consider it a workout. And if I’m not able to tip the contents of my mind into a mental landfill, I don’t consider myself meditated.  I’m not your prime candidate for anything related to holistic healing, energy tapping...

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If you’re living an active lifestyle that involves working out frequently, you’re probably familiar with one of the most-used and oldest supplements available –  protein powder.   Since it first appeared in the 1950s, protein powder has evolved through many stages into the supplement it is today.  Throughout those transitions, one thing has remained constant: protein powder can be a quick and convenient way to meet your daily protein needs.  Why is protein so important? Protein...

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. Sugar has been vilified by doctors and nutritionists who warn the sweet stuff is the...

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At the foundation of Islamic philanthropy is a practice called al waqf, which in Arabic means to stop, contain or preserve but can be broadly understood by a term we all know: “giving back.”  From its inception, al waqf has helped to inspire a sense of solidarity and a spirit of growth within Muslim communities across the Middle East. It has both evolved and diminished over time, but was once instrumental in funding sophisticated community empowerment...

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Sure, you can go to the mall and get your friends and family a tech device or some sports paraphernalia that’s been imported from abroad. Or, you could get some healthy gifts and support the dreamers/doers who are producing their own products right here in the UAE.  Dubai upside down If you’ve ever dreamed about holding a handstand, this is the guide for you. Created by UAE-based yoga teacher Sarah White, the (Dh147) ebook offers...

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“You have to have the courage to be disliked,” says Carolyn Cowan. The 59-year-old London-based psychotherapist and relationship therapist, whose career has spanned more than three decades and many fields (including fashion design and photography), talked about self-love and self-care during a recent visit to Life’n One. She’ll be back at the Dubai wellbeing centre, founded in 2014 by Eda Gungor and Seva Bhagti Kaur, twice next year, too.  She’s answering my question: “How do we...

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If there’s one person who knows what humans needs to look and feel great, then it’s Elle ‘The Body’ Macpherson. Supermodel credentials aside, the 55-year-old, mother-of-two is a hugely successful entrepreuner who is ahead of the game on wellness trends. In the last few months her Instagram feed has been pretty heavy on the promotion of something called manual lymphatic drainage.  In the world of celebrities, she’s not alone; Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid,...

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It would be simple to just say, “Come and ride my spin class, it’s high intensity, low impact, loads of fun and we’ll be done in 45 minutes.” That may all be true, but it doesn’t quite do it justice and would tell you very little about why you should go and ride a bike indoors. Probably the best thing about spinning is that you are in control. For 45 minutes, that is your bike...