Easy Fitness Tips To Boost Your Health In The UAE

Even if you don’t like to exercise often there are ways you can gradually incoporate beneficial healthy habits into your schedule. Little by little you’ll see improvements in the way you look and the way you feel.
Fitness Tips To Boost Your Health In The UAE
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Fitness Tips To Boost Your Health In The UAE

Article Contributor: Andrew

Staying fit and healthy in the UAE can be easier than many people think.

Even if exercise and training on a regular basis is not your thing there are many other, more enjoyable ways you can help yourself feel fitter and healthier.

It doesn’t have to be all about pumping iron in the gym, eating like a rabbit or slogging it out on the treadmill for hours at a time.

If you ease yourself into it, making small, positive changes to your lifestyle will help you stay fitter, reduce your risk of disease, improve your appearance and even improve your social life.

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Small Changes Can Have A Big Effect...

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:

  • Obesity
  • Risk of cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Stress related illness
  • Depression
  • and much more…..

 

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.

Tip Number 1 - Eat Healthy

When it comes to food and what we eat on a daily basis the majority of people ‘over fuel’ their bodies.

What we mean by this is we nearly always eat more than we need. That’s not to say life has to be boring and we should only eat what our bodies need to function properly. It simply means if you over eat and don’t take part in any physical activity then you will eventually gain weight.

But, diet is not just about gaining or losing weight. A healthy diet should be considered part of your lifestyle for a number of reasons.

  1. If you choose to eat healthier foods it not only helps with weight management, it also helps provide you with more energy.

  2. Eating highly nutritious foods reflects on the outside too. Your skin, your hair, your muscles and the way you look in general can all be affected by a bad diet.

  3. Fueling your body with good nutrition helps to reduce your risk of developing diseases associated with too much bad food. These include diabetes, obesity, heart disease and much more. 

Eating well can help you stay more mobile too. If you are overweight your mobility suffers and as you age this can be a real problem.

Eating a well balanced diet isn’t as hard as many people think. Unless you are on a strict, calorie controlled diet you probably won’t need to cut all ‘bad foods’ out of your diet. You just need to be more aware of what you eat.

A personal trainer in the UAE with specific nutrition experience can really help when it comes to creating meal plans, giving advice about macronutrients, helping you control your portion size and much more.

If you are trying to get in shape you really need to start in the kitchen because you can’t ‘out train’ a bad diet.

But, at the end of the day just remember. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you’ll be eating like a rabbit or spending the rest of your life eating salad day in day out.

Tip Number 2 - Choose Exercise You Enjoy

Getting fit and healthy doesn’t need to feel like a chore. Depending on your goal you might have to work harder to reach that goal but getting there doesn’t mean you will wake up dreading your next exercise session.

The reason many men and women in Abu Dhabi and Dubai fail when it comes to incorporating a fitness routine into their lives is simply because they choose the wrong exercises. Exercises they really don’t like doing.

It’s similar to being at school. There were subjects that we disliked but the difference is at school we have to study those subjects as part of the curriculum. Being adults we’re not so obliged to have to do things we don’t particularly like.

So, when choosing an exercise or a set of exercises make sure they are ones you enjoy and even look forward to doing on a regular basis. If you don’t, your enthusiasm will soon wear off.

  1. If you are very active try exercises like crossfit, circuit training, bootcamp and aerobics.

  2. For men and women who prefer a more relaxed form of exercise try swimming or walking.

  3. If you want to try something new think about boxingkickboxingjiu jitsu or even a martial art in the UAE

There’s no harm in trying many different types of exercise until you find the ones that suit you best.

Once you find an exercise in the UAE you like doing it’s time to think about consistency. Going to an exercise class once or twice a month won’t really help. You need to think about making changes to your lifestyle that allow you to easily fit at least a couple of exercise classes a week in.

Of course if you use a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi or Dubai it can be easier to make the commitment because you’ve paid for their services.

Fitness Tips To Boost Your Health In The UAE

Tip Number 3 - Get Enough Rest (Sleep)

Something that many of us don’t get is enough rest. Rest in this case refers to sleep and the sleep you get needs to be quality, undisturbed sleep.

A lack of quality sleep can lead to all sorts of physical and emotional problems. There are many reasons why people don’t sleep well, including:

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Unusual working hours

  • Not keeping a regular sleep schedule

  • Eating too late at night

  • Doing exercise too late at night

Most of these issues are easy to fix.

 

Stress

If you suffer from stress and anxiety, whether that’s because of work or because of other issues there are plenty of exercise methods that can help calm you. Of course the best known exercise method for reducing stress in the UAE is Yoga.

Yoga can help you relax your body and your mind and is the perfect way to unwind. Many businesses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are now offering yoga classes to employees because it not only helps you unwind but it can also help with posture related problems too.

If you haven’t done Yoga before, try contacting a professional yoga instructor in your area to provide you with some initial training tips about which versions of Yoga would be good for you to reduce stress.

Regular sleep schedules

Many people have problems getting a good night’s sleep because they don’t have a regular sleep pattern. One night they might go to bed at midnight and the next at 2 in the morning. It’s hard for the body to adapt to a regular sleep schedule if you go to bed at erratic times.

The solution to this problem is to try to go to bed at the same time every night – even at weekends. If you get in the habit of retiring at 11 for a couple of weeks this will soon become habit and if you try to get around 8 hours sleep per night you’ll wake up feeling much more refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
When you have a regular sleep schedule you will also find that you are less likely to need a nap during the day.

Eating too late at night

If you eat very late at night and then go to bed it can be difficult to get to sleep or to stay asleep because among other things your body is digesting your food. Also, eating too late and then lying down can cause issues like indigestion and heartburn which can keep you awake.

Doing exercise too late at night

While doing exercise in the evening can be a great way to tire yourself out and therefore help you sleep better, doing exercise too late can have the opposite effect. It energises the body and can make your mind too active to get a good nights sleep.

In this case, if you go to bed at 11 try to do your exercise routine earlier in the evening or even in the morning.

Tip Number 4 - Try Meditation

There are numerous studies, like the one found here that show meditation can really help with boosting your mental health.

Meditation doesn’t need to be about sitting in a lotus position and chanting (unless you want to of course). Meditation helps you relax, control your breathing, clear out your mind and generally makes you feel good.

Setting just a few minutes aside each day for meditation is easier than you think. All you need is a quiet room or even somewhere outside. Spend a few minutes slowly breathing and clearing your mind of thoughts and distractions and just be with yourself.

There are many meditation techniques. Most Yoga coaches will provide some form of meditation classes too but meditation is so easy to do on your own too. If you find you can’t find a quiet place to meditate try meditating to background music through headphones.

Once you get into the habit of meditation on a daily basis it can become addictive but in a good way.

Tip Number 5 - Go Off Grid

In today’s world we are surrounded on a daily basis by social media in one form or another. Although this can be a positive thing to stay in touch with family and friends it can have its downsides too.

Sometimes we spend so much time being connected to the grid we have very little time for ourselves and this can affect our mental well-being.

Taking time out, turning off the phone and being connected to nature is great for not only our physical well-being but our minds too.

If you find you are more or less constantly checking facebook, whatsapp, twitter, instagram or other social media platforms try to make one day a week a dedicated ‘off grid’ day. It will not only help you get back to you but by going off grid you can incorporate some exercise too – taking a long walk in the country for example.

In Summary.....

There are many small, easy to achieve ways in which you can put yourself on track to leading a fitter and healthier lifestyle. Even if you don’t follow all the tips listed in this article, adding one or two can help and within a short period of time you’ll see overall improvements in your physical and mental health.

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