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Exercise & Fitness

Welcome to the Exercise & Wellness Section

We've all been there at one point in our lives... We want to improve our fitness, our exercise regime and health and wellness overall. So from us to you, here's some information and a wide selection of the best features about exercise and wellness in Dubai. There's helpful tips, advice and articles from leading fitness instructors, health experts and wellness coaches in the region. After all, regular exercise will improve your wellness overall and bring some great health benefits with it. 

Exercise and Fitness News & Features

  • Your Road Towards Wellness

    Your Road Towards Wellness

    Combining the latest equipment with qualified and passionate instructors, MOTION LADIES FITNESS CENTER offers a wide range of fitness classes, adapted to women representing all fitness levels and ages.

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  • Stress and Cancer: Strong Belief in Causal Link by UAE Residents

    Stress and Cancer: Strong Belief in Causal Link by UAE Residents

    Being wary of things that cause cancer has become a big focus for health-conscious people these days. Cancer diseases are one of the leading causes of death globally and cases are expected to rise in future. In 2015 alone, cancer accounted for 8.8 million deaths worldwide with cancers of the lung, liver, colorectal, stomach and breast being the most common cause of mortality.

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  • Your Guide to Vision Insurance in Dubai

    Your Guide to Vision Insurance in Dubai

    We all know the importance of staying healthy, and eye health should definitely not be overlooked, especially when considering the global surge in a number of vision-related conditions. For example, a recent study predicted that almost 5 million people will become short-sighted by 2050. Environmental factors are also having an impact on eye health in the UAE, where hot desert conditions are increasing the prevalence of cataracts in the region.
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  • Relax Your Mind, Body and Soul with an Indian Head Massage

    Relax Your Mind, Body and Soul with an Indian Head Massage

    Despite its name, an Indian Head Massage is not purely a massage for the head. It is a wonderful treatment for relieving daily stresses and strains and is especially beneficial for relieving neck and shoulder tension.
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  • How Dubai's New Insurance Rules Impact You and Your Family

    How Dubai's New Insurance Rules Impact You and Your Family

    If you have lived in Dubai for at least the past year or more you have likely heard about the newest regulation around mandatory health insurance in Dubai that was fully implemented in 2016. This new regulation has had a large impact on not only citizens of the emirate, but also expats and their families.
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  • Mindful or Mind Full, Which One Are You?

    Mindful or Mind Full, Which One Are You?

    Being mindful means living in the present, enjoying the moment, whatever that moment is. If your mind is distracted and your thoughts are all over the place, you will not have the energy to deal with what is important or the challenges of daily life. Most importantly you will be missing what is happening in your life right now.
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  • Learn Reiki with Alison at Reiki Therapies, Dubai

    Learn Reiki with Alison at Reiki Therapies, Dubai

    The ability to achieve all of these things is literally in your hands. Learning Reiki will enable you to manage the daily challenges of your hectic life! Reiki is a gentle healing & stress reduction technique that is beautifully simple to use and is easy to learn. It requires no specific level of education and proficiency can be achieved very quickly. It is natural and safe to learn, it does not follow any religion and can make a difference to your life no matter what age you are.
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  • Achieving Success with Chakra Balancing & Reiki

    Achieving Success with Chakra Balancing & Reiki

    With the holidays over, you find yourself back into your usual routine, everyday life (and the many distractions living in Dubai can bring) make it difficult to keep the motivation and focus you need to stay on track. Unfortunately, doing the same old things will bring about the same old results. To make a change and be the person you truly want to be in 2017 you need to find new ways of doing things. The good news is, Chakra Balancing with Reiki can help!
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  • Starting the day off right: tips for a healthier breakfast

    Starting the day off right: tips for a healthier breakfast

    It’s a new year, yet already we’re reading stories of the UAE’s increasing rate of diabetes. It’s a terrible disease that strikes silently and can have significant consequences. While we know that exercise can help us be healthier and lose weight, what we eat is of even more significance and focusing on nutrition is a better way to avoid diseases like diabetes. There are countless articles that talk about dieting and nutrition, however this article aims to kick off 2017 with healthy breakfast habits.
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  • Reiki Therapies Review

    Reiki Therapies Review

    I recently was given the opportunity to review Reiki Therapies based in Jumeirah Golf Estates and I arrived a little tense after a very busy day and immediately started to relax after meeting Alison who owns Reiki Therapies. Alison is from England and like many of us expats has lived out of the UK for a number of years and understands the stresses and strains of our way of life. She came across Reiki when she was feeling exceptionally homesick while living in Australia 5 years ago.
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  • Top health benefits of wearables

    Top health benefits of wearables

    Living in Dubai, chances are it won’t take long before you spot someone sporting the latest wearable. Driven by rising consumer demand for the Internet of Things, wearables are proving to be a big hit, especially in the Middle East and Africa region where year-on-year shipments grew by 65.3% in shipments to 419,925 units in the first quarter of 2016.
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  • The cost of giving birth in Dubai

    The cost of giving birth in Dubai

    Expectant mothers looking to give birth in Dubai will no doubt be spoiled for choice with the plethora of modern clinics available in the country. When looking around for your ideal obstetrics facility, one thing to be aware of is that hospitals in Dubai are famed for having a large disparity in maternity package prices.
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  • 3 Things You Should Know About Dental Insurance

    3 Things You Should Know About Dental Insurance

    Adults and children alike have no doubt celebrated the recent Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating by consuming copious amounts of sugar-laden candy. When you’re munching away on delicious treats, it can be easy to forget that this also means it’s party time for cavities! Maintaining good oral health with regular dental check-ups is, therefore, essential, particularly for those of us with an insatiable sweet tooth.
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  • Running culture in Dubai: How to get your jog on in a desert climate

    How to get your jog on in a desert climate

    Running culture is blossoming in Dubai. City sidewalks, parks, and beaches are flowing with eager runners of all ages getting their stride on, even in the heat of summer. But running in a desert climate comes with a unique set of challenges. Though most runners agree the running season goes October through April, at which point the weather gets too hot and dry for even a comfortable jog, a hardened runner who’s adjusted to the climate can theoretically run all year round.
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  • Reiki for Cancer Patients

    Reiki for Cancer Patients

    Reiki is increasingly being embraced as a complementary treatment to Western medicine and many healthcare professionals accept Reiki as a useful therapy that may help to lower stress, promote relaxation and possibly help reduce some types of pain.
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  • Why standing desks are the future of the work place

    Why standing desks are the future of the work place

    Do you feel exhausted leaving the office each evening, even though you have been sitting down for most of the day? The more time we spend sitting, the more our muscles relax and our metabolism slows down, reducing our body to a vegetative state. In the office, our brain might be working overtime, but our core bodily functions are in neutral. The result of this is that prolonged sitting is having an overwhelmingly negative impact on our health.
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  • A Quick Guide to Yoga

    A Quick Guide to Yoga

    With a well-deserved reputation, Yoga classes have gained a massive interest for its calming and stress-relieving elements. To decide which type of Yoga is best for your mind and body, it's important that you understand the different types of Yoga classes and their benefits.

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  • Fitness Apps - Distraction or Tool?

    Fitness Apps - Distraction or Tool?

    The recent proliferation of mobile apps and accessories dedicated to health and fitness are overall a very positive global trend. After all, the more we pay attention to our health, the better off we’ll be – right? Today’s professional and technologically savvy expatriate women in Dubai have thus far been keen adopters of diet apps and wrist bands which tell you what to do, but does consuming the latest “wearables” really have a positive impact on your health?
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  • The Reiki Experience

    The Reiki Experience

    Reiki is notoriously difficult to explain, it truly has to be experienced to be appreciated but a 60 minute full-body Reiki treatment will typically leave you feeling calm, peaceful and balanced. During a Reiki treatment, both you and I may feel sensations. My hands will often heat up as a result of the flow of energy through my palms and you may feel sleepy and yawn repeatedly as incoming Reiki energies soothe and calm pent-up emotional tension and stress.

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  • Dyson PureCool

    So, You Think The Air in Your Home is Clean?

    Think again. Technology company; Dyson, citing stats from the World Health Organization, points out that indoor air pollution can be up to five times worse than outside. That could mean that you're breathing in things like formaldehyde found in textile-covered furniture; volatile organic compounds from scented candles, air fresheners and cleaning products; and pollen, dead skin, and even disintegrated faeces — on a daily basis. The Dyson PureCool can help!

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  • Easy Ways to Switch Off

    Easy Ways to Switch Off

    As women most of us have busy schedules and we work hard to keep track of all our daily obligations.Switching off from technology and from the workaholic lifestyle can do wonders for you, we’re talking physically, emotionally and mentally, let's face it, we could all use a break.

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  • What women should know about oral hygiene

    What women should know about oral hygiene

    Like the old saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And a winning smile is one of the best ways to make a positive impression on others. Of course, there are myriad health reasons to take good care of your mouth as well. Now, everybody knows that brushing and flossing are vital to maintaining oral health, but there are a number of things that we can do to improve our smiles. So read on, ladies of Dubai, and learn how to get a clean and healthy smile!
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  • Tips for a healthy, happy work space!

    Tips for a healthy, happy work space!

    While today’s office workers have it good, particularly compared to previous generations who worked in cramped factories or toiled in fields, there is no denying the health risks associated with today’s white collar employment. In Dubai, opportunities for professional class employees often far exceed that of other locales around the world, but while you’re padding developing your career, be sure to take good care of your health at the same time.
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  • Which Popular Diet is Right for You?

    Which Popular Diet is Right for You?

    Obesity rates are skyrocketing around the globe, and World Health Organization officials are calling it perhaps the greatest health issue of the new century. It is with cruel irony that humankind has made such serious inroads with reducing starvation and improving food security at the same time as many of us are growing unhealthily fat.
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  • Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer in the UAE

    Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer in the UAE

    In recent years, doctors have warned of an increased risk of skin cancer in the UAE. Due to changes in people’s lifestyles, risk factors contributing to skin cancer have risen substantially. Such factors include people spending more time outdoors, making frequent trips to the tanning salon, and vacationing in spots close to the equator. Adding to this is that locations like Dubai and Abu Dhabi have seen consistent growth in the number of expatriates residing in them over the years.
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  • Pregnancy and Reiki

    Pregnancy and Reiki

    Pregnancy can be the most exciting, and equally exhausting, time of your life and in those rare moments when you're not dancing on air or completely freaking out, you may be wondering what on earth is happening to your body and how you can enjoy and make the most of this thrilling, but sometimes scary, time.

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  • 7 Benefits of Rising Early

    7 Benefits of Rising Early

    Are you a person who enjoys walking up early every day, even when you don’t need to? Great, you’re a lucky one. But for those of us who would much prefer to catch every single wink of sleep we can, it proves a little more difficult. Nonetheless, we hate to say it... Rising early has lots of benefits!

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  • Workplace Wellness for Women

    Workplace Wellness for Women

    Recent decades have shown improvement in the status of women in the workplace, but the fact that it remains a controversial topic means that there is still much to be done to achieve equality in the office. Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg’s recent bestseller, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” argues that women still face a number of challenges in the workplace and at home. Whether you agree or disagree with Ms. Sandberg, her concept of “leaning into ambitions” has become a global movement.
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  • Getting Fit As a Family

    Getting Fit As a Family

    Studies show that children with active parents are almost six times more likely to be active themselves than those whose parents do not engage in fitness activities. Fitness is a valuable routine for children to learn: enjoying physical activity while young will encourage them to carry the habit into adulthood. It is therefore important that parents lead by example and make exercise enjoyable, and a priority.
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  • Reiki for weight loss & how it helped Christina Aguilera shed 14 kgs

    Reiki for weight loss & how it helped Christina Aguilera shed 14 kgs

    Christina Aguilera’s love of Reiki is well documented and she credits her three-times a week Reiki treatment as being one of the major tools she used to lose her excess weight that she gained mainly from making bad lifestyle choices and emotional eating.

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  • 6 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

    6 Ways to Drink More Water Every Day

    Drinking enough water every day is key to leading a healthy lifestyle... Here's some tips to help you make sure you're getting the right amount of water!

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  • Coping with the Demands of a Young Family And Reiki

    Coping with the Demands of a Young Family And Reiki

    Being a parent to a child, infant or baby can be especially stressful. Lack of sleep and constant caring for others can be extremely draining and finding some ‘me’ time can seem like an impossible dream. It is crucial, however, to allow yourself this time to enable you to recharge your batteries and to take back control of what can feel like a very chaotic time in your life.

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  • The Effects of Pets on Physical and Mental Health

    The Effects of Pets on Physical and Mental Health

    We all love our pets. From cats and dogs to fish and frogs, humans have been keeping critters for their own ever since prehistoric times. Some ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, even went so far as to revere certain types of pets as deities or had their pets embalmed to travel with them through the afterlife. People's infatuation with pets has been well documented throughout history, and today is no different; in fact, today we pamper our pets like never before, with pet spas where dogs and cats can be waited on hand and foot.
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  • Homesickness and Reiki

    Homesickness and Reiki

    One of the most significant challenges that people living abroad face, especially those living abroad for the first time, is homesickness. Homesickness is essentially an acute form of anxiety or emo-tional distress that results from feeling disconnected from familiar people and places. Homesick-ness can arise from a number of different reasons - difficulty adjusting to a new environment, feel-ing lonely or cut off from your regular support system, confusion or problems understanding a new environment/culture/language, a perceived lack of control over what's happening around you, cul-ture shock, etc etc etc…

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  • 5 Reasons Why Colouring is Great For You

    5 Reasons Why Colouring is Great For You

    That's right folks, the colouring book is no longer for children. After all, why do the kids get all the fun? You can't deny it, and we bet a lot of you already have one of the popular colouring books displayed proudly in bookstores around the world. .

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  • Hobbies for People Who Enjoy Their Own Company

    Hobbies for People Who Enjoy Their Own Company

    Although we all have our moments of wanting to be with a big group of friends, let’s face it, we also like the moments that we can have to ourselves.

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  • Random Acts of Kindness: Going Above and Beyond

    Random Acts of Kindness: Going Above and Beyond

    Have you ever heard the saying, “no one has ever become poor by giving”? We have and we strongly abide by this quote, simply because we believe in world that is filled with kindness and good karma.

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  • Stay Healthy at Your Desk

    Stay Healthy at Your Desk

    It is hard enough that people are stuck at their desk for eight hours of the day, which equates to 40 hours a week! Add work and stress to that equation and you are bound to fall into an unhealthy cycle of boredom, discontent, and poor lifestyle habits, which can be detrimental to your overall well-being.

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  • Introvert vs. Extrovert

    Introvert vs. Extrovert

    Introverts and extroverts can come in a variety of different personality characteristics. While many naturally assume that introverts are extremely shy and quiet, and extroverts are hyperactive and loud, the truth is, many people who seem like extroverts are secretly introverts and vice-versa.

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  • Random Acts of Kindness: Effortless Acts of Kindness

    Random Acts of Kindness: Effortless Acts of Kindness

    Kindness brings out our characters. While some acts of kindness involve heaps of money and time, others don’t require much at all, but the impact will leave you and everyone around you awe-inspired!

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  • 50 Best Workout Songs

    50 Best Workout Songs

    We could all do with a little motivational music while we’re busting ourselves at the gym or while running out and about. At a time where music is quite literally the soundtrack to our lives, it’s easy to feel incomplete without the right tune encouraging you through a fitness regime.

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  • Balance-Recovery Self-Healing-Moment

    Balance-Recovery Self-Healing-Moment

    Meeting Wilri on a Balance-Recovery Self-Healing-Moment is life changing and profoundly healing. You will meet life itself. Balance-Recovery means finding balance in every single part of your life and changes your life instantly.

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  • 22 Habits to Give you a Fresh Morning

    22 Habits to Give you a Fresh Morning

    With our sleep cut short and our alarms going off for our usual daily routine, the idea of a morning can seem far from good. However, this can change! There are many things that we can do to give ourselves a good night’s rest and a good morning, that will leave us refreshed and rejuvenated for the day ahead.

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  • 8 Things You Should Do Before Every Workout

    8 Things You Should Do Before Every Workout

    It makes sense doesn’t it? A good pre-workout routine will help to ensure you have a good workout overall. After all, preparation is key for whatever we accomplish in life and this can also be said about visiting the gym.

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  • The Art of Kindness

    The Art of Kindness

    Although many don’t realize it, random acts of kindness don’t always need to involve donating money or even time. In the busy world that we live in today, we often forget to just take a moment to appreciate all the little things in life.

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  • 5 ways to improve your eating habits

    5 ways to improve your eating habits

    Eating healthfully doesn’t have to be a chore. You can save hundreds of calories just by simple smart choices of alternative foods. Small changes to your daily diet routine can not only shave off the kilos, but over the year, it can actually lead to huge gains in fitness and health. You don’t need to have the cooking skills of Jamie Oliver either to cultivate better eating habits. Just implement these five simple tips and you will be on your way to a healthier diet.

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  • Random Acts of Kindness: Going the Extra Mile

    Random Acts of Kindness: Going the Extra Mile

    Sometimes, we take for granted the little things in our lives that may mean so much to someone who doesn’t necessarily have them. If you are not financially able to make large valued donations, there are still small donations that you can still contribute to that can go a long way.

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