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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 Movember (that explains the moustache on our social media logo).  Getting injured can be one of the most mentally and physically upsetting experiences anyone can go through. I know, I had several major injuries, derailing my hopes for a football career. At the moment you get hurt, badly, there is not only physical pain, which continues during physiotherapy and the recovery process. There are...

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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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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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Dubai Fitness Challenge – aka the Dubai 30 x 30, which aims to get everyone in the city exercising for 30 minutes a day all month long – keeps growing. The 2018 event recorded an impressive 34 percent increase on 2017, with more than one million people registering to participate. This year is no different in terms of scale. Running from October 18 to November 16 across the city, organizers have planned more than 40 events...

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There’s nothing like a race or fitness challenge to keep you working out and motivated and here are six UAE races that will challenge you as the weather cools and people get outside.  Ignite Pink is Punk Paddle  Known for its swims and runs, this will be the first IGNITE Pink is Punk Paddle and it is being held around Riva Beach on the calm waters of Palm Jumeirah. This standup paddleboarding (SUP) event is...

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You know the drill: You wanted to hit the ground running after a summer spent traveling, eating and just generally chilling out. But here you are more than a month into the busy season and your social calendar has taken over your diet and exercise plan. And you are starting to wonder if it might just be easier to make some New Year’s resolutions about getting back to the gym.  Well, don’t. That’s three months...