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Preventive Surgery: Getting Past the Naysayers!
Preventive Surgery Is For Chickens!?! Were it not such a serious issue, that statement would sound like school yard prodding to do something dangerous or embarrassing just because the bigger kid dares you to. Except that today the issue of whether or not to go under the knife with hopes of avoiding a potential debilitating or life threatening disease later on has brought harsh criticism upon many who have chosen it. The irony is that hospitalization and surgery are both pretty high on nearly everyone’s don’t-want-to-do-it-unless-absolutely-necessary list, so what’s really happening here? And why does anyone besides the potential patient and his or her family even have a say in another person’s healthcare? Read More >>
From baby bump to bikini body
If you've recently given birth, chances are you're eager to get started on the road to weight loss and a little anxious about getting your body back to where it was before your pregnancy. Even though you've put some body fat on during the pregnancy and feel excessively flabby, losing the baby fat isn’t rocket science! Like any sound weight-loss program, your post-baby regime simply needs to be structured properly! Once you get medical clearance (about 6 weeks post-partum), you’ll need to assess your fitness levels carefully (ideally, through a professional assessment), start slowly and progress consistently. Read More >>
Alert! Do not go around dehydrated
Since we started offering our members a Body Composition Analysis as part of our service in our training centre, we noticed that a vast majority of them were quite low on fluids, some of them extremely low, causing concern. Read more>>
Alternative Birthing Methods in the UAE
Giving birth is undoubtedly one of the most difficult things a woman will experience in her lifetime. The sheer unpredictability of the process can leave many women feeling anxious and nervous about going into labour and having their child. Those who have previously given birth may feel the traditional method of delivery was too uncomfortable for them, and thus they would not wish to go through it again. Although an overwhelming majority of hospitals and clinics in the UAE favour the traditional method, some are now starting to take patients requests and considerations to heart. Read more>>
Talking about Infertility issues in the Emirates
Not every couple wishes to have children, but every couple that does have babies reports the days their children are born to be the happiest days of their lives. This deep-rooted desire for children makes infertility a difficult experience for prospective parents, and unfortunately, it is an increasingly common one. Find out more>>
Total Elliptic Review
I was invited to experience the Total Elliptic program which is held at the newly refurbished Indoorwalking Training Centre. I was met by Terri and the class instructor Tanya before the class who made me feel very welcome. They showed me around their newly refurbished studio and explained the new program to me in detail. Read More>>
New Urban Energy Running Package
Your distance. Your challenge. Your achievement.
Achieve what you never thought possible, push yourself to the end, battle and win with physical and mental strength. Come and run and discover...
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Exercise me welcomes new team member, Stephanie
Stephanie is from South Africa, after 23 years has recently decided to move to Dubai to take on the international world. Dedicated to fitness, she is passionate and well driven. Seeking out challenges and helping people overcome them. Stephanie enjoys sport and exercise and is a qualified personal trainer having worked for a Virgin Active international gym for 2 years as a fitness instructor and a group exercise manager. Read More>>
Maternity and Paternity leave in the UAE
Recent calls for debate on maternity and paternity leave entitlements for workers in the UAE has prompted a much needed and welcome government review of the situation. As many working women with young children will testify, the current levels of maternity leave offered by most employers, albeit in accordance with the law, are woefully insufficient and operate contrary to good work/life balance and the development of a healthy and happy family environment. Read more >>
Flavours of the Middle East
If the recent proliferation of cooking shows on television is any indication, then the world is undergoing a worldwide culinary revolution. The acceleration of media technology and travel opportunities means that dishes once considered obscure and exotic, are now considered everyday fare in most of the world. As if to respond to this globalization in the kitchen, “locavore dining” is the latest culinary catchphrase. Eating local, rather than imported, produce is the ultimate good, for social, environmental, and health reasons. Also, because fresh food always tastes better! Read more >>
How to protect your baby in the Emirates summer heat
“Thank God for air conditioning!” Seems to be a common refrain of expats in the United Arab Emirates; where the average summer temperatures rise above 40°C. It is fortunate that we get to spend most of our time indoors in air conditioned comfort, as the power of direct sunlight in the desert during the middle of the summer can have serious negative effects on human health. This is especially true for infants and the elderly, who are particularly sensitive. Read More >>
Health & Wealth: How your well-being can improve office productivity
Over the past hundred years, the safety of the average worker has improved dramatically worldwide. The improvement of working conditions and a broad shift from agriculture & manufacturing to white-collar service sector employment has led to a global reduction in workplace injuries and fatalities. In fact, we are at a point in history where we must redefine what we actually mean by “work,” as many careers require no physical exertion at all. Our ancestors might laugh at the idea of paying for the privilege of moving heavy weights at a gym after a day of getting paid to sit down! Read More >>
Julie headed down to Exercise-me to find out how it's possible to workout in 20minutes
Is it possible to get an effective workout in just 20 minutes?
We've reviewed Exercise-me in JLT to find out what's it's all about and to give you the low down! ‘Just 20 minutes is all you need’, they said. ‘Yeah, right!’ I said! Just 20 minutes twice a week to get measurable strength and fitness gains? And you don’t get out of breath or sweaty? Sounds way too easy and way too good to be true. Read More >>
Falling in Love with health
Nearly everyone has had the feeling at some time. Poets write about it, musicians sing about it. And there’s no mistaking that it’s a fine feeling. Everything looks better, tastes better, just seems…better. But is it all in your smitten little mind? Or are there actual physical benefits to that elusive phenomenon we call “love”?
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Our resident fitness fanatic gives us her review of Indoorwalking
Warning...Don’t be fooled by the name! This is not a group of people strolling round a mall or striding round and round in a gym hall, this is a fun, all inclusive, serious about fitness, group exercise experience which has scientifically proven health and fitness benefits and is suitable for all.
When I enquired about the minimum physical requirements to participate in this programme, the answer made me laugh out loud - . Read More >>
Working Out In the Summer Months
For the past few months you have enjoyed walking and running outside in the parks, rollerblading down the creek, jogging on the beach and doing yoga on the lawns and then the summer comes along and…….. bam!
The outdoor temperatures soar, sending us running indoors for some AC. Here are some ideas to keep you in shape when the heat is on. Read more>>
Hiring a Personal Trainer
Are you taking your fitness to the next level? Or do you need tips and pointers on how to maximise your workout? If you are looking to hire a personal trainer to tweak your workout, you should have a bit of know how. Our resident fitness aficionado shares tips on what to look for when hiring a personal trainer so that you get the most for your money. Read more>>
Julie delves into the touchy subject of gym etiquette. What are the do's and don'ts at the gym and how far are we really pushing the limits of other fitness fanatics if we do not abide by these codes. Read more>>
Our very own office fitness expert gives us the ins and outs of the most popular group fitness classes in Dubai. She looks at the structures of the classes, how long they are, how many calories they burn and what parts of the body are targeted. If you are a beginner or an avid gym fanatic group fitness classes will benefit you as most give leeway to the lever of expertise you want to train at. Read more>>
A fitness centre should be above all a personal relationship
Talking to one of our customers once, I asked her what it was that she liked the most about coming to our centre, expecting an answer like “I am happy because I can workout intensively without any pain” or “I really enjoy your music” or even “I have a great time with the group” but the answer I got was not related to the fitness program... Read More >>
Have you got 20 minutes to spare?
This high intensity and yet completely safe training means you only need to exercise 20 minutes, twice a week! Yes that's right...just 20 minutes!!! Many of our clients find it unbelievable in terms of the amount of time they save in exercising and going to gyms by just working out at Exercise Me! Find out more >>
Check out this fab new Cardio Workout from Indoorwalking
Indoorwalking is cardio training. It is a new group physical activity performed in unique and purpose built elliptical machines only available at the Indoorwalking Training Centre.
This workout respects the natural movement of the body and it is performed using all the muscle groups in different degrees of speed, resistance and positions which together with great music and trainer guidance get amazing results for those practicing it. More than 500 calories per session! Read More>>
Could Acupuncture cure your seasonal allergies?
Sick of constantly sniffling and sneezing throughout hay fever season?
Are you one of the unfortunate few who have to deal with watery eyes and runny nose brought on by seasonal allergies?
Then, lucky for you, a cure may have been discovered that is medicine free. A study has confirmed the possibility that acupuncture could help to cure seasonal allergies. Read more >>
Naturhouse on ExpatWomanFood.com. Tips on Healthy Eating...
Our “friendly” bacteria. How do you feel? Any discomfort? Is your gut trying to tell you something? These are some questions, which could be of interest… as it could be the sign that you are lacking some probiotics in your body. But what are they and are they really necessary for our health? The root of probiotics comes from Greek word “pro” meaning promoting and” biotic” meaning life. Probiotics are defined as live micro-organisms... Read more >>
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. Our 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. This article looks at whether or not pets can be beneficial to us physically, mentally or emotionally. Read more >>
Stress and why we eat what we eat
Stress eatingComfort foods are never the healthy choice, when people feel stressed or sad you will never see them reach for a comforting carrot but usually a comforting carrot cake. This comfort eating phenomenon has been around for a long time and people get sucked into the comfort eating thing for no reason other than that is how we were brought up. While the foods you choose to eat when under stress might give you a momentary reprieve, they will increase levels of cortisol... Read more >>
Cycling In Dubai
In an effort to keep fit, active and get outdoors loads more people around the world and in Dubai are taking up cycling. Pedal power is a great way to get around and has many health benefits. The Dubai government are currently installing a lot of cycle paths- with a great one built from Arabian Ranches to Bab Al Shams- looks amazing! Also the Meydan Cycle Park- is now open. Here are some other great and safer places to be cycling as well as cycling clubs you can join. Read More>>
Best places to run in Dubai
Jogging or running has a lot of positive effects on your body and mind: is easy way to shed extra pounds, stay fit and feel energetic. Dubai might be not the best city for joggers already from the weather perspective.
If you are not ready to wake up at 4am and go for run before the fist sun rays come up, better use the treadmill during the hot season. Here are some great routes worth to try in Dubai. Read More>>
Pilates - a way to the perfect body
Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates during the first half of the 20th century and now very popular around the world.Pilates is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise, that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. The positive effects of Pilates are muscle tone, increased strength and flexibility and improved overall mobility and precision at which you move. Read More>>
Safa Park Rubber Track Review
We take a closer look at jogging around Safa Park- it's many a Dubaian's favourite place to jog or walk and we tried out the rubberized track. It's great for jogging or walking- some people even do Nordic walking or Scout's pace- that's 30 steps run and 30 steps walking- whatever people are doing there it is great to see so many people trying to stay healthy & fit in Dubai. Whether you're trying 'Couch to 5k', have a personal trainer or just looking to get active, give Safa Park a try Read More