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Adding running to your personal fitness routine in Dubai can provide some great benefits. Even in the summer when the weather during the day is too hot an early morning run is a great way to gt your heart rate up and stay in shape.
We asked a professional running coach from Dubai who has helped many men and women improve their running fitness what the mains benefits of running as a fitness are.
Running is a basic human activity. Our bodies are made to run and the benefits from running are amazing for everyday health. What’s more, it doesn’t matter what your fitness level is – you can start running and jogging for just a few minutes a day and build your endurance up from there.
Putting a pair of sneakers on and taking an early morning or evening run has mental health benefits in Dubai too. Helping you prepare for the day ahead or helping you unwind after a day at work.
The main benefits of running and jogging as a fitness method include:
Running in Dubai several times per week can help you burn calories in a really effective way. In some studies running (or jogging) showed that belly fat was reduced more than weight training alone.
As an overall body workout running tones your physique because of the range of muscles used during a good running session.
It also provides low injury risk, linear movements in sagittal plane consisting of flexion and extension of our limbs and core torsion.
A huge amount of active muscles makes running one of the best movements for us, especially if we do it properly in different volumes/intensities.
A professional running coach in Dubai can help you get much more out of all your running sessions.
Many men and women in Dubai look for the best ways to exercise for weight and fat loss, it’s one of the primary reasons people look to hire a freelance personal trainer.
However, a surprising number people fail in their weight loss goals and end up starting from scratch time and time again. Adding a fitness method like running to your life provides a continuous activity which we can maintain for a long time.
It’s better to think of running for fitness as a being a long term goal that you can do several times per week rather than a quick fix to a weight gain problem.
The reason so many people have problems with their weight is because they yo-yo diet and only exercise when they feel the need to lose weight.
Running as a fitness method on the other hand is easily incorporated into your daily life which means you can ‘manage’ your weight much better in the long term. It makes exercise more consistent.
Running is great for overall weight loss because we have to fight air resistance, gravity and to give constant acceleration to our body which makes running 2-3 times more weight-loss efficient than cycling or even walking.
In general, running for fitness in Dubai is suitable for everyone unless they have a health condition that prevents them from doing so.
For someone who is extremely overweight then some weight reduction via a good and healthy diet should be considered first for safety reasons. However, this does really depend on the individual and also what their doctor’s advise.
For the vast majority of people being overweight should not stop you from enjoying running or jogging as a fitness method, in fact the opposite is true because running is a really good way to lose weight.
If you are overweight and would like to start running and jogging it is always advisable to use a professional running coach or personal trainer because they can closely monitor your progress and also keep an eye on your heart rate etc.
Outdoor running in Dubai is a great way to enjoy actual runs and to feel that what we do has some sense, a reason. Of course the weather in the UAE does get hot, very hot. So, in the summer especially it’s important to do any form of outdoor exercise early in the morning if possible.
On the other hand, treadmills have great benefits because you can perfectly control conditions, safety (flat surface, no traffic…), facilities are always close by and supervision is easy.
Mostly, differences are air resistance and psychological. I recommend both to my clients in Dubai depending on their needs, goals and their schedule.
Running, like any exercise requires time and consistency. This is especially true if you haven’t trained for a while or have never uses running or jogging as a fitness method.
It’s much better to start with short runs and build your endurance up gradually than trying to overdo it and ultimately injuring yourself.
Once you get to grips with how your body feels and notice improvements in your cardio fitness and endurance your can then start gradually increasing the distance of your runs and even the intensity (hills for example).
Fir my clients who are completely new to running for fitness I also provide a program which starts them off slowing, monitoring their progress and then gradually adding in more time or intensity of the runs.
Normally, clients training for a triathlon or marathon in Dubai will already have some experience when it comes to longer distance running.
However, this is not always the case. Some people have a goal of competing in a triathlon or marathon with little or no experience.
For triathlon and marathon a great deal of endurance is required so I prepare running drills for long distance running, increased intensity of running, sprints and more. Diet and nutrition also play a big part because what goes into your body ‘fuels’ your body.
Running is an activity with tremendous varieties, depending of the goal.
In general, running for fitness is usually just slow as-long-as-possible activity which is duration based.
It’s a myth that slow continuous running will “burn” our muscles.
Slow, longer runs are one of the most beneficial activities anybody can do.
Here are 10 great tips if you are interested in running for fitness or even preparing for a marathon/triathlon in Dubai.
The UAE Personal Trainers website has made the process of finding a great coach in your area for running fitness easier and faster. Click the link below to find a PT near you.