Article Contributor: Andrew
Having the time to visit the gym in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah even just a few times a week can be a problem for busy people.
However, even if you manage to work out just once or twice a week either at the gym or with a personal trainer in the UAE it is better than not exercising at all.
Of course if you have a fitness goal then you have to work hard to reach it, there’s no doubt about that. But, if you want to simply add some simple methods of exercise and fitness to your daily routine this can be achieved too.
Adding smaller chunks of exercise to your day is easily doable by everyone. And, they say it takes around 28 days to form a habit so before you know it these easy fitness steps will become part of your daily schedule.
We should be drinking more water than we probably do. Especially in a hot climate like the UAE. However, many people turn to tea or coffee as their first drink of the day.
While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, drinking water in the morning with a slice of lemon helps in several ways.
Firstly it will help hydrate your body and clear your mind for the day ahead. It will help replace hydration you’ve lost during the night.
Secondly, adding a slice of lemon to your morning glass of water has a detoxification effect on the liver, helping remove toxins from the body.
According to one study found here on Healthline drinking water when you wake up has many positive effects, including helping to reduce your calorie intake which can ultimately help with weight loss too!
So, try swapping out your morning coffee for a large glass of water for a few weeks and see if you feel the difference it makes to your morning routine.
If your schedule allows, try to workout in the morning in Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
Working out with a personal trainer, on your own or in the gym in the morning provides several benefits when compared with working out in the evening or after work.
A very simple way to make sure you get into a fitness routine is to find a fitness friend who can motivate you and vice versa.
Some people enjoy working out in the UAE alone. However, many people find it boring and difficult to build up a routine of exercise when they workout alone. There is always something else that needs to be done which means gradually fitness takes a back seat.
However, when you train in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah with a workout buddy you are making yourself accountable, both to you and them. You’ll motivate each other and help each other remain focused.
Your workout friend doesn’t need to be a friend. You could also hire a male or female personal trainer in Abu Dhabi or Dubai to help keep you motivated and active.
People often underestimate how good walking can be for you. As part of a simple, and easy to maintain fitness routine, walking where you can in Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Sharjah is without doubt one of the best choices you can make.
Walking, to complement your fitness routine doesn’t need to be something you plan for either. While walking in the morning has its benefits (it’s much cooler), walking whenever you can will help. This includes walking to work, walking on your lunch break, walking while you are on the phone and even more.
Basically, walking when you can means just that. Don’t stay seated for too long and don’t take the bus or the car when you could easily walk to the store or walk to work.
Walking helps with muscle tone, helps with cardio fitness by increasing your heart rate and helps with mobility too. It’s especially good for seniors in the UAE because it helps them stay mobile and flexible.
Eating the right foods is something we should all do. Ok, I’ll agree that the odd treat now and then is not necessarily going to make you fat or ruin your fitness routine. But, making better choices when it comes to what we eat is something that needs to take priority.
It’s such a simple thing to do to make yourself fitter and healthier.
The food choices you make are purely habits. Whether you like to eat french fries every day or snack on chocolate every night, you have the choice. When you realise that certain foods are not necessarily good for you when consumed on a regular basis it’s your choice to make the switch to healthier eating habits.
Of course it’s not as simple as it sounds for many people but at the end of the day it’s only food.
Swapping out unhealthy snacks for a healthier alternative is a great place to start. Start small and build it up.
Of course if you suffer from being overweight it’s a good idea to seek advice and help from a professional weight loss personal trainer in the UAE. But, you can also make these changes yourself.
Portion size is also another simple change you can make. Not just for weight loss but to also maintain a healthy weight if you have been on a calorie controlled diet.
There are plenty of resources online to help you see what a healthy plate should look like. These resources can also provide advice about macronutrients, how much protein you should eat, what types of carbs are healthy and foods you need to consider cutting down on.
Ultimately, where food is concerned the power is definitely in your hands and you have to make the choice between healthy foods and foods that are considered bad for you.
Everyone needs to let their hair down from time to time and this often means a ‘late night’ This, in itself, is not really a problem.
But, when one late night turns into two, and then three it can become a problem when your fitness levels are concerned.
Getting a proper night’s sleep, which often means going to bed at a reasonable hour helps your body recover and also helps you wake up refreshed and ready for the day.
Erratic sleep patterns can often lead to tiredness during the day and a lack of focus and motivation.
It’s important for many people to exercise in the morning rather than the evening because intense exercise during the evening can increase your energy and alertness which might have a knock on effect when trying to sleep.
If however you go to bed at a reasonable time but find it hard to drop off to sleep try some Yoga or even meditation before bed as these are proven ways to relax the mind and body.
There are many small and simple ways to add activity to your daily schedule which can help with your overall fitness levels. The points discussed in this article are easily achievable by most men and women and after a short time they will become a habit which makes them much easier to maintain in the long term.