Ann Marie McQueen

Ann Marie McQueen, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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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 was launched by a group of well-travelled fitness fans...

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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...

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When I was traveling around Canada over the summer, I liked to prod friends I hadn’t seen in a while with an announcement. “The thing you need to know about me now,” I’d say, “is that I make my own deodorant.” No one was excited by my joke, which was only told half in jest. I really had made my own during one of Natalya Konforti’s chemical-free deodorant-making workshops at Alserkal Avenue’s Kave in June and...

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From the outside, Olivia McCubbin does not look like someone who would be having problems with binge eating. Tall, glowing and fit, the 30-year-old Australian exudes health. It’s also her business, as co-founder and head coach at The Best Body Co, the fitness company she runs with her husband Adam.  But that is the thing with appearances — and the point McCubbin is now trying to make. “Many women and many clients look up to...

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When car sharing services started turning up all over Abu Dhabi I was intrigued. But all I could think about was the potential hassle: trying to get in a car I’d booked, for example, or not being able to find the car I’d booked and getting frustrated in the heat. Or, for that matter, having to take a taxi to find the car, which seems like a hassle too far.  That’s why I jumped at...

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Healthy eating takes time and effort and can sometimes be overwhelming. Even though I edit livehealthy.ae and read about this stuff all day long, I struggle as much as the next person to make the best, most balanced choices for my health. I also have to accommodate increasingly common food intolerances to sugar, diary and wheat. And like anyone else, I find it harder to make healthy choices in the face of stress. And then...