Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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Last year, Marcus Smith completed 30 marathons in 30 days as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge. It was a monumental achievement in which he had to dig into his deepest physical and mental reserves to pull through. Since opening InnerFight gym in Dubai 11 years ago, Smith and his team of coaches have helped numerous people overcome smaller, but equally significant, challenges –  building their overall physical and mental health.  The stigma around mental...

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At the start of her education, long before she offered therapy in Dubai, Reem Shaheen dived straight into psychology. While studying at the American University in Cairo, she worked for an organization that helped refugees from across Africa.   “It was everything — from rape to witnessing your family being murdered to witnessing your children being murdered — it was quite traumatic,” she says. “It took me a while to recover from that.”  While treating...

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Livehealthy.ae is shining a spotlight on men’s health in the UAE throughout November (that explains the mustache on our social media logo). This piece on Omar Nour one of a series of stories on the subject. Triathlon season means a familiar sight will greet competitors in events across the UAE: the beaming smile of Egyptian triathlete Omar Nour. Now retired from professional competition, Nour remains infectiously enthusiastic about both his sport and life in general,...

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Louise Ryan did everything right: the British opera singer, who has performed with the UAE National Symphony Orchestra, eats well, exercises regularly and manages her stress. But in February last year, she experienced the worst headache of her life and after being rushed to hospital, found out she had a type of aneurysm known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage — a very rare form of stroke in which there is bleeding into the brain. She underwent...

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No more being jealous of Dubai. These days, there are so many homegrown Abu Dhabi gyms that residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to where to work out. Whether you like boxing, RPM or CrossFit, if you want something for both men and women, the capital is exploding with made-in-the-UAE options. Here are some of our favorites.  Volt Fitness This brand-new gym at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr has beach access, a beautiful...

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Volt Fitness is second in line for a trend first spotted in Dubai and now moving to the capital: state-of-the-art gyms that also offer boutique-style training, service and amenities, with a full range of fitness classes, all in a five-star hotel.  It started earlier this year across Abu Dhabi, with Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort’s British import Bodyism. However, Volt’s offering is an entirely different concept. Volt Fitness was launched by a group of well-travelled fitness...

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Dr Stephen Grobmyer, chair of the oncology unit, professor of surgery and director of breast cancer surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, comes armed with slides bearing a ton of medical information and statistics, and a most reassuring demeanor.  If I had to get a breast cancer diagnosis, I might want it to come from him.  He’s speaking to dozens of women this Friday morning, alongside his Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi colleague Dr M Jean...

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Mental stress echoes physical stress in our body. So why do we seem to care so little about our mental health? And when we do wake up, how can we start to feel better? Ricardo Vargas used to be extremely stressed. An aspiring New York-based actor, the American pushed his body to the limits with fitness.  When he turned 33, Vargas became tired of the constant stress-related suffering. The regular anxiety attacks were affecting everything....

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On Saturday, October 12, I have only one thing scheduled on my calendar: “Empty Day.”  There are no ambassadors for this event, no Bob Geldof types leading a musical tribute. There’s no hashtag, and a look at the website is like taking a refreshing trip back to the World Wide Web of 1996.  Damian Bradfield, the British tech entrepreneur and president of WeTransfer, appears to be involved in this low-key effort. And he took a...

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This story is part of livehealthy.ae‘s partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Ryan Ingram sure walks the talk when it comes to keeping his waste to an absolute minimum. During an interview earlier this year, he slowly ate every crumb of his Costa sandwich, sipped the last drop of his latte...

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Whatever your reason for wanting to make your own natural, free-from-chemicals deodorant – whether it’s to save money, to reduce waste or to know exactly what you are putting on your body – Natalya Konforti’s workshops will show you how. (Of course, everything is made up of chemicals, even organic food, even the freshest air we might breathe. So by “chemical,” what I mean are the non-naturally derived, industrially produced varieties.) Konforti, who grew up between...