Mark Lomas

Mark Lomas, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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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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It’s been a slow process and men are undoubtedly still in the minority, but in studios all over the UAE, more and more men are embracing yoga.  Whether to increase flexibility or prevent injury or the positive impact on mental health, men are becoming ever more convinced of the benefits of yoga practice. While high-profile yogis like the impossibly bendy Russell Brand might scare some off, elite athletes such as Tom Brady, LeBron James and...

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Shaikha Al Qassemi has been a champion of both CrossFit and women’s fitness for several years, working with brands like Red Bull and Lululemon to encourage Emiratis and other UAE residents to exercise more.  Having become one of the UAE fitness industry’s most familiar faces, her announcement in September that she was moving to Spain came as a great surprise to friends, family and followers alike.   Leaving behind the popular ladies-only Platform Fitness Gym in...

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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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Standing almost 900 feet or 300 meters high and visible from miles around, the FIVE Jumeirah Village hotel is one of Dubai’s most striking new buildings. But beyond bringing a touch of chic to Jumeirah Village Circle (infinity pools on most of the rooms’ balconies will do that), it has also provided a much-needed boost to the community’s health and fitness options, including short workouts. The new InstaBody gym is a sprawling facility with four...

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UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi gave fans in the UAE a chance to see a live UFC event for the first time in five years, with popular MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov producing a memorable victory.  The end product on any given fight night often belies the weeks and months of preparation that go into being a professional MMA fighter. For all the blood, sweat and tears seen at UFC events, it’s true to say a...

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The concept of cryogenics is one that still feels a little sci-fi, reminiscent of films like 2001: A Space Odyssey or the more questionable Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise. For fans of the futuristic, a visit to a °CRYO Health location in the UAE may be slightly disappointing. These facilities are not about suspended animation, but rehabilitation. Japanese doctor Toshima Yamauchi was the pioneer of cryotherapy, first using it as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in the...

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For a multi-billion dollar global company, UFC has managed to make its eponymous chain of gyms surprisingly community-focused. The glitz and glamour of big-name fighters like Conor McGregor and Jon Jones is a world away from the daily rigour of training at UFC Gym.  In Dubai UFC Gym has branches in Business Bay and JBR. The instantly recognizable UFC logo adorns a central octagon in both locations, while the walls are covered with UFC paraphernalia,...

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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,...