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Mark Lomas

Mark Lomas, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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From Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi to Al Mamzar in Dubai and Khor Fakkan in Sharjah, the UAE is blessed with an abundance of beautiful beaches. Visits to the seaside have become a weekend ritual for many residents looking to top up their Vitamin D and relax to the sound of waves lapping at their feet. Covid-19 took that away for much longer than anyone would have liked.  Positive associations between exercise and mental health are...

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Home confinement forced on us by the outbreak of Covid-19 has left the fitness industry in the UAE and the world over in a state of flux. Trainers and facilities have been responding by offering at-home workouts over social media and on new or existing platforms. The current situation, with most people staying in their homes, has required innovation and creativity in order to help people maintain their fitness, and businesses stay afloat.  Digital delivery...

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The relationship between prisoners and sport has featured prominently in popular culture, notably in movies such as Adam Sandler’s The Longest Yard and Denzel Washington’s He Got Game. In Dubai last month, life imitated art as the Dubai Police announced its intention to roll out improved sports facilities across the emirate’s police stations and prisons.  Launched in conjunction with Dubai Sports Council, the initiative follows a successful six-month pilot scheme by Brigadier Yousef Al Adidi,...

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UAE sporting events and gatherings are being cancelled in the wake of the global outbreak of coronavirus, with organisers, participants and spectators left counting the cost. The UAE Tour cycling race, the ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Yogafest are among the events which have been called off over the past week as UAE authorities endeavor to keep the coronavirus (also known as Covid-19) at bay.   The first major event to be cancelled was...

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In July, long-time Dubai resident Nick Watson will take on the Challenge Roth Ironman in Germany. Any Ironman race is gruelling but for the 50-year-old, extra exertion is required because he will be swimming, cycling and running around the triathlon course with his 16-year-old son, Rio.  Nick and Rio – known collectively as Team Angel Wolf – have become familiar faces on the UAE triathlon circuit in recent years, having competed together in more than...

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The path from mechanical engineer to kitesurfing instructor is not a particularly well-trodden one. But in 2014, Amer El Dandachli set off down that road and it ended, as most do, at the ocean. Lebanese-born El Dandachli quit his 9-5 life and eventually set up Kite N Surf Dubai in 2016. Now, his days are spent on the waves.  Kite N Surf operates across the UAE, teaching kitesurfing at Kite Beach (of course) and at...

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Glastonbury Festival, 2011. It is 4am and in a muddy tent the dancefloor is heaving as revellers in Wellington boots slide around to an eclectic mix of power ballads and dance music. Everyone is smiling, but no-one is making a sound. This is my first taste of a silent disco.  Fast forward eight years and my second bite of the cherry (technically the fourth as every night at Glastonbury ended at the silent disco tent)...

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After years of frustration at the lack of nutritious, special dietary produce available in the UAE, Salama Al Muhairi decided to take matters into her own hands. In 2016, the Emirati entrepreneur created Soil Store, a company dedicated to providing healthier food and drink options for the people of Abu Dhabi.  Initially operating as a pop-up shop at locations across the capital, her nomadic business finally put down some permanent roots in late 2019, moving...

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Freddie Mercury. Tom Selleck. Hulk Hogan. Aside from the fact that they are a trio of great entertainers, all three have provided moustachioed inspiration for men around the world all November long. Whether wispy, bushy, handle-barred or carefully sculpted, more men than ever have been sporting moustaches in recent weeks as part of a men’s health campaign that has gone global. Movember was launched in Australia in 2003. It consists simply of encouraging men to...

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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...