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It’s all about lifestyle. Yes, it’s true. Your lifestyle and your habits can either have a positive effect or a negative effect on your health and fitness in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah or RAK
The UAE in general is a sedentary society, maybe its the heat, the food or a combination of factors but in today’s modern UAE there is no excuse when it comes to leading an unhealthy lifestyle (unless you want to of course!)
There are more and more gyms, fitness clubs and personal trainers in the UAE now than even before and this is a good thing.
So, is there any secret to keeping your body and mind in shape?
If you do little (or no) physical fitness activities then without a doubt it will eventually start to have an impact on the way you feel and the way you look.
Junk food, spending to much time in front of the TV and generally not taking an interest in your well-being can lead to many physical, and mental conditions including:
Adding just a small amount of physical exercise to your daily routine and changing your diet can make huge improvements in the way you look and feel.
If you’ve been thinking about making positive changes for a while and don’t know where to start a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi or a fitness coach in Dubai are worth their weight in gold when you see and feel the changes they can make to your body and the way you look at fitness.
All of us have been told at some point in our life that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’
There’s good reason for this advice. When you wake up and eat you are ‘breaking the fast’ (hence the word breakfast) which means you are supplying your body with much needed glucose and other nutrients that will provide you with energy and keep you alert during the morning period.
What you eat for breakfast is important too. Instead of fatty and fried foods (which are harder to digest) opt for slow release carbs like oats and add in some fruit to increase your energy levels.
A personal trainer in the UAE with nutrition coaching experience can provide you with some great meal plan ideas for breakfast that will keep your energy levels up until lunch.
If you actively workout and train you might do so in the morning. This is why breakfast is especially important for you to give you energy and endurance for your workout sessions.
Meal planning and prep services different purposes depending on what you are planning meals for.
It’s always wise to plan ahead for a number of reasons:
Meal planning either on a daily or weekly basis provides so many benefits and is a really good habit to get into. It will mean you snack less on unhealthy foods and also free up more of your time for other ‘healthy’ activities.
Drinking plenty of water everyday is a healthy thing to do. It replenishes our bodies and helps to avoid dehydration. In a hot climate like the UAE drinking plenty of water is a must.
Drinking water has so many benefits:
With so many great benefits try swapping out that sugary soda for water and see how you feel in a couple of days.
This might sounds like a strange habit to create on a personal training website but taking a break from exercise does have positive effects.
If you workout and train regularly in the UAE you will know that over-training can be a big problem. You are more likely to injure yourself if you over-train or over-exercise and you are far more likely to burn yourself out.
When you suffer from exercise burn out it can decrease your motivation and your focus will ultimately can wreak havoc with your training goals.
The other thing you need to consider is that whatever training plan you follow you body does need to rest and go through a recovery period.
Speak to a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah or RAK for the best advice about how often you should take a break from exercise.
This is a great habit to form for you mental health. We are bombarded with media in one form or another, whether that’s facebook, instagram, youtube or other social media platforms. If you have multiple accounts you’ll be surprised at how much of your day is taken up with checking social media posts.
Get some head space and take a break from all online media for a least a day a week and make this habit part of your lifestyle. Choose other things to do which don’t require you to login and check your status.
After just a few weeks of adding this habit you’ll look forward to the days you decide to go offline and will get so much more done. This can greatly improve your mental clarity too because you’d be surprised how stressed social media can make you feel at times.
Another habit to create for your mental health is to keep your brain active by learning new skills.
We often underestimate the importance of mental health and how it ties in with physical health.
Keeping your mind active by learning something new – whether that is a physical fitness methods like Yoga in the UAE or perhaps learning a new language will help you stay sharp and focused during the day.
Remember, the brain needs to be exercised too and the best way to provide that exercise is through learning.
Learning can be a fun and social experience too which all helps keeps your positivity up. As they say, laughter is the best medicine.
Learning as a habit is great for all ages but especially for seniors and the elderly in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah or RAK. As we age we tend to lose some of our cognitive abilities but continued learning can help alleviate these age related symptoms.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few decades you’ll know that smoking is bad for you. No two ways about it, quitting smoking in the UAE is probably the biggest way to improve your overall health and decrease the risk of getting some nasty diseases.
Whether you are young or old, quitting now will only provide positive effects on your health and your lifestyle.
There really is no excuse nowadays when it comes to cutting out cigarettes. There are plenty of ways to eliminate smoking from patches to lozenges and even hypnotherapy.
Sleep is so important for out health. Get a really good nights sleep and in the morning you’ll feel on top of the world. Get a bad nights sleep and you might spend the next day feeling like you’re walking through fog.
Our sleep levels really do have an impact on our daily lives. If you don’t sleep well if can affect your family life and work. Going to work on a daily basis when you haven’t had a good nights sleep the night before means you can concentrate and function as well as you normally would.
There are of course always going to be times where we have a bad nights sleep and sometimes this is out of our control. Things like sleeping in a new bed, the neighbours dog barking, increased traffic noises, the heat of the summer are all temporary sleep problems which although annoying will usually pass.
However, if you suffer from chronic sleep disorders this can be more serious and you need to get to the root of the problem.
You can of course tackle many of the issues related to poor sleep. Many Doctors will advise that if your sleep problems are not associated with a disorder then taking more physical exercise during the day can help to tire you.
Going to bed at the same time (as a habit) will also train you to sleep better during the night.
Yoga is also a good choice to help you sleep. It can help relax the entire body and put you in a more relaxed state of mind.
You can also try guided meditation before bed which many people do to help relax not only the mind but the body too.
According to a recent study documented in Science Daily, working out had a positive effect on eating healthy which is great news for men and women training for weight loss.
Get in the habit of training and make it part of your lifestyle rather than a quick fix to a problem. Training a few times a week helps you stay in great shape and if you’re in great shape you will feel better about yourself too (increased confidence)
How many times per week you train depends on you and your schedule but even if you only set aside 30 minutes a few times a week this will definitely help.
Training regularly also ties in with habit number 8. If you train regularly you are more likely to get a better nights sleep.
Some people might find the though of training in the UAE several times a week a bit boring. But, there is no reason why you have to exercise using the same methods every time.
Get in the habit of remembering how good training makes you look and feel and you’ll be more encouraged to keep this habit going for the long term.
Another great habit to increase your mental and physical health is to head outdoors when you can.
Whether you like to cycle, spend the day at the beach or sit in a park for an hour or two simply reading you’ll feel refreshed and revived.
According to an article from Harvard Health, being outdoors has positive effects for a variety of reasons including increasing your vitamin D, improving your concentration and even helping you heal faster if you have suffered illness or injury.
Don’t be too concerned if the term ‘being mindful’ is confusing. However, being mindful if your everyday life can do wonders for your mental health.
Being mindful has different interpretations but it basically means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts and to some degree our actions. Be aware of your thoughts and don’t judge yourself based on your thoughts. Be aware of your surrounding and take a moment to appreciate them.
Being mindful is also related to nutrition too. Appreciate your food and feed your body with only nourishing foods to maintain a healthy body and mind.
There are plenty of Yoga coaches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai who can teach you how to be more mindful and enjoy the benefits that being more mindful provides.
Getting into great habits really does help with your life. Not just your physical well-being but your mental health in the UAE too.
There are plenty of other good habits to get into but we hope these 11 habits will put you on the right track.