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Coach Alaa Unleashing herself with Fitness First

posted by FitnessFirst Team November 21, 2016 0 comments

While I am still recovering, both mentally and physically, from the 15 km desert hike so thought I’d share my experience.

First off all, please note that I decided to join the Caracal Challenge less than 4 weeks prior, hence was not well prepared for it.

The team did a great job organizing the event and briefing us. We had checkpoints every 2.5 km to recharge. The first half of the hike, 7.5 km, was great. All factors were in our favor; energy levels, sand depth, hills height, sunlight and wind.

The challenge kicked off right after. I was battling sand filled wind while trying to hike a sand dune. I felt that I was not making progress where I was actually putting all my effort to trek that hill. My shoes were filled with sand and did not help, I had to continue barefoot.coachalaa

My tiredness started to get to me and thought of giving up – but how could I in the middle of nowhere and after all the hard work. I thought I’ll just push myself to the next checkpoint at least.

Once I reached that checkpoint, it was a surprise to find out that it was actually the finish line 😩! Feelings of relief, gratitude, and achievement filled me. I was happy to be informed that I was amongst the first 5 to finish the challenge (Al Hamdulilah)

Bottom line and lessons learned:

Be sure to be well prepared both mentally and physically for any challenge you decide to take.

Success comes right after the point where you feel like giving up. Always give that one last push and you’ll make it.

I have to mention that training at Fitness First Midriff certainly helped me prepare as I decided to join last minute. Especially since they’re only a few minutes away from home, and helped me train given my busy schedule.

I love the fact that they have a big variety of equipment for different training types and levels. Both the XFit and regular gym. And always appreciate the positive and energetic staff!

Oh and let’s not forget the awesome healthy options offered at the core juice bar 😍

#UnleashYourself with your chance to WIN A TRIP FOR 2 TO AN AFRICAN SAFARI

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Finally, I’d like to thank the Husaak Adventures and the Emirates Wildlife Society for all their efforts in pulling this great charitable event together.

Coach Alaa
Fitness First Brand Ambassadorcoachalaa3

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Fitness & Training

7 reasons Fitness First is more than a gym

posted by FitnessFirst Team August 22, 2016 0 comments

For many people, a visit to the gym means following the same routine: warm up, 40 minutes on the treadmill, some weights and then cool down, home. This routine will maintain your fitness, sure! But you may find yourself stuck in your own routine with less motivation in your workout, and perhaps most importantly, you may begin to lose the enjoyment that can be gained from working out.

What a lot of people don’t know is that your gym membership can be your best friend on the journey to a healthier life. With your Fitness First membership, you can experience the advantages of working alongside people who care about your success. A gym does not need to just be a gym, and here’s how we achieve that:

Freestyle Classes

We hold Freestyle Group Training sessions that challenge your body to move, increase everyday mobility. Each session is different which keeps things interesting, and focuses on different parts of the body and planes of motion. Everyone can get involved, and groups of 4-8 club members will enjoy the interactive 30 minute workout on the gym floor, which provides lots of time to get to know your fellow fitness fans.

Personal Training

If you feel like you need a bit more information about how to get fitter, increase your strength or lose some weight, we have accredited personal trainers who can help. They can design a custom program just for you, to assist you in reaching your goals.

Core Juice Bar

Once you’ve finished your workout, you don’t need to rush off – a protein smoothie is the perfect way to end a training session. There is so much variety to choose from, or you can even just make up your own! After a workout is one of the best times to get protein into the body so that the protein can be delivered to your muscles and repair any micro-tears, and of course it helps that the smoothies are delicious! 

MYZONE

Sometimes it feels like there is no obvious change to your body even though you’ve been working out hard. Using a tracking system allows you to keep note of your progress online, with a system that monitors your heart rate, burned calories, and time spent exercising. MYZONE then converts your workout into MYZONE Effort Points that can be exchanged for rewards.

Swim Academy

Did you know that we have a swim program? We operate all over Dubai, from Uptown Mirdif, to Burjuman to Emirates Living. Kids of all ages and abilities can learn how to swim confidently, develop their strokes or even join a competitive team. Adults & teens can also enjoy the water, with swimming based fitness classes.

Discounts and Privileges

What if your gym card didn’t just work in the gym? Well, your membership card provides you with discounts in multiple restaurants across the city, as well as leisurewear outlets such as Adidias, spas and salons, and loads more. Not only that, but you can collect Shukran points when you sign up, and when you purchase any additional services or products from Fitness First. Work hard and shop harder.

International Passport

Fitness First is an international brand, with gyms and facilities all over the world. We know how important a fitness regime is, and travelling can sometimes throw you off-track. But whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, you can rest in the knowledge that you will have access to a Fitness First club wherever you go. Just speak to a member of staff before you travel!

Never again does the gym need to be a monotonous exercise.  Everything you need to keep yourself on a focused and fun fitness journey is available with one card, so make the most of it! Join a new class and try something different, relax in the sauna, socialize in the members lounge, travel and maintain your fitness across the globe, while tracking your amazing progress online.

Our gyms offer more than just a gym. They offer a lifestyle. So start living it!

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Fitness & Training

5 Tips to Help you Maintain your Fitness during Ramadan

posted by FitnessFirst Team June 2, 2016 1 Comment

Ramadan is 30 days of no food or water between sunrise and sunset. It is a time of reflection and introspection, focusing on inner strength and discipline.  As it is a period of fasting and physical self-denial, careful thought must be given to how one exercises during this time and what one eats.

If you have any health issues and during the year you work out to stay as healthy as possible, it may be that you need to take a break from exercise during this month. Diabetics, for example, should seek medical advice in regard to their exercise regime and what they should be doing during the fast.

According to experts there are two main issues which need particular consideration during Ramadan:

Aim to maintain and not to gain

This means that during the fast, you don’t have to aim to improve your fitness. Your goal must be simply to maintain how fit you are. It has been said that if you do no exercise at all during the month of Ramadan, you could go back to the state of fitness you were in 4 months ago.  Your diet during Ramadan is very important with a key point being for you to eat your normal number of calories.

Watch your hydration levels

Dehydration during Ramadan can be one of the biggest issues. As you are not drinking or eating throughout daylight hours, it is easy to become dehydrated. With summer temperature rising, you need to have an effective plan that will ensure you have enough fluids in a 24 hour period.

With these two issues in mind, there are a number of strategies you can employ that will ensure you maintain your fitness, stay hydrated and end the fast healthier than when you began.

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Here are five tips to help you maintain your fitness during Ramadan:

1. Change your routine

It goes without saying that our routine will change during Ramadan. You want to rise well before sunset so you can have an early morning meal. Also for your workout times, you may need to adjust your routine to Ramadan and plan when is the most comfortable time for you to train whether it is right before iftar, after iftar or before or after Suhoor.

2. Eat well-balanced meals

A well-balanced meal of protein, carbohydrates and good fats is most likely to sustain you throughout the 15 hours of fasting. Proteins such as eggs and fish or meat, you can include nuts such as almonds, carbohydrates such as sweet potato and fats such as avocados. If you are still hungry after that turn to fruit and cereal.

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3. Don’t overeat!

There’s no end to the amount of food to eat before sunrise, but don’t go overboard. If you do, you will, as many people do, gain weight during this month. Avoid the temptation o overeat during the evening meal and eat until you are reasonably full. Try not to have too much sugar. A rapid rise in your blood sugar level will lead to an excess of insulin being released into the blood. This gobbles up the glucose and a few hours later you may begin to feel weak, miserable and extra sluggish.

4. Drink water

Make sure you have enough water to drink before you begin your fast for the day. Don’t drink too much in one sitting. You want to try and spread the amount of water you are going to drink over the night. If you can take in 10 glasses of water (1.5 litres) from sunset to sunrise, you should maintain a normal level of hydration. You can work out your water needs as the fast progresses. With particularly hot days, you may need more fluid. In the evening don’t forget to re-hydrate yourself. Take water with you if you are going out and when you go to bed at night, keep a bottle of water next to your bed. When you wake up in the night, drink at least a glass or two.

5. Exercise to stay fit

While you don’t want to overdo exercise during Ramadan, you do want to do some that will result in you maintaining the fitness with which you entered the fast. It is recommended to exercise for a minimum of two times a week if not more. Any form of exercise is advisable from low intensity cardio sessions to light weights strength and conditioning and body weight exercises.

Conclusion

Ramadan is an opportunity for you to break bad habits and start good ones. When it comes to what to eat during the fast this year, try and select only what grows or breaths. If you can pick it off a tree, grow it in the ground, raise it on a farm or catch it in the sea, it’s good to eat. Avoid all packaged foods. If it’s in a box or in a packet, it’s inevitably going to be loaded with preservatives, excess salt and sugar. Those products are going to be far less healthy for you and are to be avoided. To maintain your fitness during Ramadan, you want to maintain a healthy diet and keep your calorie intake at the level you usually need.

Fitness First Team

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How to Make your Workout more Effective in Ramadan

posted by FitnessFirst Team May 30, 2016 0 comments

Ramadan is coming soon, and time of fasting is approaching. It is a totally different state for our mine and body. The best thing we can do is to adapt to new conditions which our body will go through. For some that means it is time to have a break from the gym. Not at all.

New conditions require new training methods as well. I will give you some advice on how to make your workout during Ramadan more effective.

First, what time is the best for workout?

Most of the food and water intake will happen during the night, and working out during the day can be hard, but we can use the new environment and take the most of it for productive workout.

My suggestion is to follow the work of hormone of stress (cortisol). Cortisol is a hormone who keeps us awake and who is speeding our fat burning process. Cortisol is having his strongest peak from 5am till 11am. And that is the perfect time to have your workout. If you are not morning person last peak of cortisol is at 5pm, and that should be ideal time to work out, just before breaking the fast.

Second, what is the best type of workout?

You should use more static and isolation moves, such as machines, weights and body-weight exercises instead of cardio exercises. The body will retain water, so I rather chose exercise that doesn’t require that much of a sweating, but at the same time to be productive. This type of exercise using proteins and carbohydrates (ATP, creatinine phosphates, glucose) the primary energy source, but while you are resting, your body is using fat as primary fuel.

With this type of workout your body will get energy from all resources and it will carry you out through rest of the day. You will feel more energetic and effects on your body and mind will be visible. That is one more reason to continue your training during fasting.

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Hope these tips will change your perspective of working out during Ramadan time and will help you out to reach your goals.

Training never stops 🙂

Best of Luck,

Ivan Dimitric
Assistant fitness manager
Al Fardan Sharjah, Fitness First ME

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Couples Who Sweat Together, Stay Together !

posted by FitnessFirst Team February 29, 2016 0 comments

If you feel being in love is the best thing that happened to you then, nurture it with physical congruence to cherish it forever. Oh yes, turning your better half into your gym and workout partner can reap you more benefits than you could have ever imagined.

It is known that motivation plays an integral part of every lifestyle and there are so many times when it becomes just impossible to push yourself to that much needed workout. Well, working out together has it’s rewards;

  • It creates a shared goal,

  • It develops perseverance and keeps a check on lapses in behavior.

  • As a couple you increase your chances of sticking to your exercise regime and make sure you do not slip into fatigue easily.

  • It really helps strengthen the bond as you work towards a common objective and face challenges together with positive reinforcement.

Couples Who Sweat Together, Stay Together

A study, from the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University, surveyed married couples who joined health clubs together and found that couples who worked out separately had a 43 percent gym dropout rate over the course of a year whereas the couples who went to the gym together, had only a 6.3 percent dropout rate.

Right from stretching the mat together, pulling out those bikes or lacing up together for a marathon run; matching paces grows on to competitive spirit, lift-to-success ecstasy and healthy resolutions. Not only does your relationship lead the way with a spark of confidence but you also tend to push each other in different ways. Words of encouragement from your partner do help you in pulling off that extra set of squats that would otherwise seem impossible to sail through. It doesn’t matter if your workout companion is your spouse, partner, friend, sibling or even offspring; what primarily is important is that workout partners can help you stay committed to fitness and have fun.

Couples Who Sweat Together, Stay Together

Appreciating and understanding fitness routines is yet another perk you enjoy for having your spouse as your workout buddy. The fact that you are able to commit to ‘guilt-free’ workouts speaks volumes about your relationship and tends to get carried forward to many other areas of your life. Plus the energy transcends to many other aspects as you are more energetic and feel the need to do more activities together.

A faith built through a workout buddy lasts forever. You always have a trustworthy partner right beside you who is forever raring to go. You always have someone to watch you over, to point out faults and save you in times of injury.  In short, you both grow strong together.

Couples Who Sweat Together, Stay Together

Exercise definitely is an excuse to stay together. It may not eliminate the need for buying gifts for each other but it definitely weighs your relationship in lustre than glistens more than gold!

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So, What are our Members training for ?

posted by FitnessFirst Team February 8, 2016 4 Comments

We all need to ask ourselves this question…what am I training for? If you are just training for the sake of it then there is nothing to look forward to, nothing to achieve and no motivation to train. The first steps to reaching your goals is setting these goals so you can train for a reason. There are many reasons to train whether it’s related to health, fitness, participation in a race or simply looking and feeling good.

We asked some of our valued members, “What are you training for?” And the response was amazing! Many members responded with positive feedback and showed us how dedicated they are to their training and in their determination in achieving their goals. We are very proud of our members and their desire to lead healthy lifestyles and train for a reason and we are always there to help with our team of expert personal trainers, nutritionists and fitness team.

Here are a few life changing members testimonials for #IAMTRAININGFOR which are worth sharing to inspire others embrace a healthy lifestyle and go further in life and fitness.

Dr. Leila Soudah

#IAMTRAININGFOR to beat my cancer

I decided to start going to the gym as I decided to survive my breast cancer, I knew that operation, medication, diet alone is not enough to stay healthy as long as possible.

After I started the gym, I fell in love with it, I saw how much it start changing my life.

I saw how strong I became physically as well as mentally, I felt I am in control of my life.

I reached my weight that I was desiring since 13 years. I look much better at 57 years than I was in my thirties  My next goal is building 6 pack and I will do what ever it takes to reach that goal.

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Some serious training by Dr. Leilah

 

Dr. Leilah Soudah with our expert personal trainer Trevor Flowers who helped her in training and motivated her to reach her desired goals.

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Sheila Broderick

#IAMTRAININGFOR my further life

After my husband died last year I realized that my future life was in my hands and the first thing I decided was to get fitter. To relieve my sciatica , my pain consultant advised me to do some regular exercise. With the encouragement of my daughter and her family I decided to get some help from their Best Gym in Dubai : “Fitness First”.

Fortunately for me, you, Kamal, agreed to be my Personal Trainer. You have certainly worked me hard, but always with understanding and enthusiasm. Always conscious of my limitations at age 74, you have actively encouraged me to push myself a little more each session, and praised my efforts. It has been a memorable experience and after 6 sessions I cannot believe how well and active I feel. I will be for ever grateful to you for giving me the start to a more positive and active life. I would not hesitate to recommend you as a skilled, sensitive, encouraging, and charming Personal Trainer.

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Kris Barber

#IAMTRAININGFOR a new start in my 50’s

My name is Kris, I have had the pleasure of training with Kamal for the past 6 months and have to say am delighted with the results. Through his guidance and encouragement I have managed to lose 16kgs of fat and reduced my BMI from 30.8 to 26.8.

Previously I was always feeling tired and exhausted and I avoided exercise as much as possible. I hated going to the gym and on previous training sessions use to ache so much the next day I would not go back for weeks. Having Kamal training me has improved my fitness beyond belief, without the pain experienced before. Kamal understands not to push too hard in his training method and focus on core areas that need work rather than overall general workouts.

We started doing cardio and hi energy workouts to burn fat in the first few weeks and then Kamal decided to introduce weights into the sessions, concentrating on arms one day, legs the next and abs the next, building muscle, losing fat and making me feel 10 years younger!

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The results speak for themselves:

June 2014 Jan 2015
Weight 90.7 KG 80.1 KG
BMI 30.8 26.8
Body Fat mass 31.4 19.1
% Body Fat 34.7 26.8

Now he has me doing ‘clap push ups’,  2 minute planks and deadlifting 120kgs.

I honestly don’t believe my results would have been so impressive had it not been for Kamal’s dedication and perseverance.

So, What are YOU training for?

We would love to get your feedback in the comments below and help you on your fitness journey as well!

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Bothered much about New Year’s resolutions?

posted by FitnessFirst Team January 5, 2016 0 comments

Oops…..you did it again! Yup, you made that New Year’s ‘resolution’ to hit your fitness target this year. Same one you made last year…..and the year before that. Or perhaps you’ve decided to call it quits in 2016. Heck, you are never going to reach that ‘target’ anyways. So why even bother?

I’ll tell you why bother! You continue to bother because you are bothered. And if that is not reason enough……read on.

You bother because it is something you’ve always wanted and no matter how much you try to bury it deep in the abyss of your mind, it keeps resurfacing.

You bother because you might not like what you see in the mirror and you know in your heart that if you just focused a little bit more, committed a little more time, tried a little bit harder…..if you just did……you would get there.

You bother because last night you saw your holiday pictures on Facebook and Instagram, and you compared them with the previous years and truth is you look way older than your sister. Who is 5 years older than you!

You bother because the doctor put the word ‘risk’ and ‘your health’ in the same sentence, and that gave you goose bumps…..and not the good kind. And you think of your loved ones who’ve mentioned to you about health risks in passing, and now you know, it’s time to make a change.

You bother because you have met amazing people and made wonderful friendships at the gym you train at. And even though you haven’t hit your target yet, you remember James or Sally who have you the same struggles as you. And the thought of sharing that coffee after a fun and spirited group class…..gives you hope for tomorrow.

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You bother because you met up with this trainer that is passionate about your progress. She knows your struggles and understands them because at one point she was very unhealthy and unfit too. And you know that for a fact because you’ve seen the pictures! So maybe you’ll try something different this time. Maybe you’ll train with a professional.

You bother because aside from targets, you realize that you’ve actually grown to love working out. Music playing in your ears, sweat dripping down your brow, the feel of metal in your hand, muscles burning with every repetition, your heart racing to the tempo, adrenaline rushing in your veins yup, it hurts, and yes you’ll do it all over again tomorrow.

Okay….I could sit here and pretend to know your reasons for wanting to get fit, or your struggles for wanting to quit. I don’t. All I know is that we all have struggles in life and in fitness. Even for those who seem to have “achieved” their body targets; if they were to speak honestly they would admit that it is a constant battle every single day. It is painful, it requires sacrifice, it needs consistency and in most cases progress takes time. So hey…….if you ask me, I’d say ditch the resolution and just go with it. Perhaps with that pressure gone…………!

Betty Ndolo
Personal Trainer 
Fitness First, Abu-Dhabi Mall

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IF NOT NOW WHEN? 8 Tips to make a fresh start for the New Year

posted by FitnessFirst Team December 21, 2015 2 Comments

With the New Year approaching, comes the opportunity for a fresh start. Make sure your main goal is switching to a healthier lifestyle and maintain/achieving a healthy weight.

1. Find your motivation

What’s your motivation? Losing weight? Looking better in clothes? Feeling more energetic? Or simply improving your health? Get clear about what you really want and why you want to change, and use it to inspire you.

2. Set a S.M.A.R.T. Goal

S: Specific. Make your goal is specific. It should be exactly what you want
M: Measurable. You can measure your progress, so you can track yourself
A: Attainable. Set small goals you can achieve in a short time
R: Realistic. Do not set impossible goals
T: Timely. Set a time to achieve your goal

3. Start changing gradually

Your first small step toward wellness can be a giant leap for your self-confidence. Don’t make the mistake of turning your life into an existence you no longer recognize as your own. Any unwise habits you have probably took years to form. Your best chance to change them is to take it slowly. Drastic changes make you lose your self-control on food. Make sure your changes are gradual so you can get used to them and you can preserve in the long term.

4. Fill up on vegetables

Vegetables are not only high in vitamins, minerals, and fibers but also fill you up with fewer calories. Make sure you are adding veggies to your daily meals. Fill half of your plate with vegetables, or start your meal with salad, this helps you not to overeat from the main dish.

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5. Rate your plate on every meal

Make sure your plate on every meal is equivalent to my plate. Divide your plate into four quarters:

  • ¼ for fruits (choose whole fruits)
  • ¼ for vegetables (choose a variety)
  • ¼ for protein (choose animal lean protein, or plant based protein)
  • ¼ for carbohydrate (make sure most of your daily carbohydrates are whole)

6. Enjoy your food but eat less, so how you can do it?

  • Use a smaller plate, bowl or glass and choose smaller portions. Use a smaller serving spoon.
  • Take a small portion of your favorite foods that may be high in calories or salt and enjoy each bite.
  • Take your time to enjoy your food, your brain needs at least 20 minutes to realize that you are full
  • Stop eating when you are satisfied, not full

7. Not skipping your meals especially breakfast

Skipping meals, does not help you in weight loss strategy, it sets your goal back. Skipping meals put your body in starvation mode (your body thinks that you are starving and starts to store fat), and also skipping meals leads to binging on your next meal. And keep in mind your body is like a car (if you do not put fuel in it, it will not move), same if you do not put nutrition in your body it will not burn calories.

8. Physical activity

Add exercise to your daily bases make sure you are exercising at least 150 minutes per week (moderate intensity exercise). Remember healthy nutrition will not make you lose weight without physical activity, and physical activity will not make you fit without healthy nutrition.

8 Tips to make a fresh start for the New YearIf you find or you think it is difficult to start alone, you can ask for help from our experts, or simply ask for support from your family or friends. Remember that good health is a result of your overall eating pattern.

Every next meal is a new opportunity to nourish your body!

Banin Shahine
Nutrition Manager
Fitness First Middle East

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TUFF facts that most members would not know

posted by FitnessFirst Team October 5, 2015 0 comments

The fact that we can share this with the members and encourage others to understand our exclusive Middle East signature product more means we potentially give them the awareness and knowledge as an active member or member wanting to know more about TUFF itself.

The true essence behind TUFF

At a glance it’s a physically TUFF class, excuse the pun! However the real reason why this class has become such a psychological class, a workout where you simply need to switch up another gear, dig deep and find the courage even before the class starts will tell you why members feel this is the most challenging class out of them all. The true essence behind TUFF is our bodies become the machines, we do all the physical effort which requires squatting, bending, pushing, pulling, twisting, lunging and locomotive movement patterns known as the 7 primal movements. These are movements that we use in day to day life and everyone who is able and injury free should be able to execute them. In addition the EFFORT factor is timed, short intervals and even shorter recovery periods and then a cross mix of weight training using barbells and integrated body movements that are predominately functional.

TUFF facts that most members would not know

Progression vs Regression

The name FUNCTIONAL training and HIIT (High intensity training) have been the big buzz words on the market for some time now and TUFF has been creating that same good feel factor for the past 4 years. Due to the short intervals spurts and the combination of using compound weight training movements, TUFF needed to accommodate more regression vs progression options if the product was going to accommodate all members. As a TUFF coach you are taught to engage and interact with members when it comes to workload and technique safety, we do this by setting the movement on stage first, before we assist on the floor and rove the studio helping coach technique safety. At this stage there is only 1 other class that offers the following formula of progression and regression, which is Yoga.

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How to Stay Motivated

posted by FitnessFirst Team October 13, 2014 0 comments

If you are currently maintaining regular exercise in Dubai, then you probably know how easy it is for people to unfortunately give up and go back to previous less active lifestyles. To reduce the risk of quitting, you need to find ways to stay motivated to keep yourself on track and committed.

A great way to gain momentum is to stick with a pre-planned and regular program. You will find it very hard to reach your physical fitness goals if you don’t make this a part of your existing routine. This means you need to eat a healthy diet and be physically active at least three times a week, but ideally be active for at least 30 minutes each day. Physical activity and exercise go hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle.

Here are some top tips to help you stay motivated:

Get an accountability Partner

If you live and exercise in Dubai, you need to find someone to be your accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone who can challenge you to push to the edge and maintain your physical fitness goals. You can find ways to keep each other motivated and keep on the program to being physically fit and healthy. If you can, have several people be your accountability partners. Work through this as a group and keep the momentum going through your exercise routines. An accountability partner won’t allow you to miss a planned workout, skip reps or quit on your 3K run, you can support each other and keep your motivation high and on target.

Keep it Fun

Exercise should never be seen as a chore! There are great ways to keep it fun when exercise in Dubai. The days are gone when there’s a group of people standing before an aerobics instructor and droning out the same old moves you’ve done before for 365 days of the year. Now you have a many opportunities to practice physical fitness and to create a mixed and varied workout schedule. Some fun activities you might not yet have tried include; Swing Yoga (Swing Yoga allows more freedom of movement and a unique way to stretch and tone the body), Swimming, or TUFF (The revolutionary freestyle routine that changes the shape of one’s body through a three dimensional plane utilising 50% bodyweight and 50% barbell or weight exercises) .These are only a few, there are many more you can try.

Reminders

If you exercise in Dubai, you will see a whole host of people who are physically fit. Pick out some famous celebrities who you admire and who look good and use them as your goal. Every time you see them, you will be reminded to keep on track with your planned workout routines and sticking to a nutritious diet. Take a photo of yourself now and put it on the refrigerator to remind you of what you were and how you are restructuring as you go through your physical activities and fitness journey. If you have a photo of you when you were more physically fit, place it beside the current one to offer a reminder and motivation to keep on the path to becoming healthier through physical fitness.