The Original Fitness Co. is offering a variety of classes for those of us looking to shed the post-holiday flab. As well as group fitness classes in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the company also offers personal training. [more...]
imageThere are some key factors to consider when exercising, to achieve maximum results. These factors include; the duration of each exercise, the intensity, the frequency you work out, and whether or not you use interval training. This article will examine each one of these aspects to help you achieve the maximum benefit from your cardio workouts. [more...] pictureTemperatures are rising and it is now more important than ever to make sure you are replacing the fluids lost during exercise to prevent dehydration and the development of hyperthermia. How about mixing your own sports drink...? [more...] pictureMuch has been written about the benefits of physical fitness, but what about mental fitness. Are there exercises we can do that keep our minds running as smoothly as our bodies? Kim O'Hare reports... [more...] pictureThe celebrity choice is a bootcamp with a twist. Beautcamp Pilates is a great combination of regimes giving immediate results. Jo Finzi reports... [more...] pictureFeel like a fitness programme that's a real challenge, but great fun? Why not try a bootcamp. There are a few bootcamps in and around the area, which we'll be trying out over the next few months. [more...] pictureThere's just time to boot yourself into shape before the 14th, so what are you waiting for? Here's a couple of boot-camp ideas to burn those calories and tone those flabby bits in just 45 minutes. So find yourself an open space, then go for it! [more...] pictureNow that the Eid, Christmas and New Year festivities are over for another 12 months, it's time to take a look at how you measure up. Jo Finzi offers a timely warning on getting back into shape... [more...] pictureHow many of you have skipped with a rope as children. Easy wasn't it? Have you tried it recently though? Most people would imagine it's for play, not for exercise, but skipping fits right in with other forms of aerobic exercise such as running, swimming and cycling [more...] pictureHooray... the weather's getting cooler, and it's now the perfect time to start a new outdoor fitness regime. Walking is the obvious choice for autumn and winter days. It's easy, and requires no particular level of stamina. [more...] pictureAs October commences the temperature is dropping, the masses have returned from vacation and the sporting season is restarting. Unless the summer has been spent at an a health farm or sports camp, the UAE is now full of residents back from an overindulgent and underactive vacation, and desperate to get fit for return to sport or the beach [more...] pictureOK it’s a fair cop. Expect you’ve read the old story about the builder who did great brickwork, but whose own house was falling down. Well, something similar was happening around these pages... [more...] pictureMelting 500 calories is as easy as the 1-2-3 routines below. Choose from any of the three workouts below or do all three and you'll be trim in no time. [more...] pictureDid you know that more than 60 per cent of women don't get the recommended amount of physical activity, and one in four women aren't physically active at all? Even more worrying is that those figures increase staggeringly in women over 55 - nearly 40 percent of whom say they get no leisure-time physical activity. [more...] pictureThis month people are starting on their summer fitness regimes. They're either getting fit while their family is away, or just changing their routine because of the intense heat. But any changes of fitness programme can easily result in injury - we offer some timely advice. [more...] pictureEveryone can reap the benefits of Pilates. It's a stretching and balancing regime that strengthens the core muscles and improves your posture - and it's one of the safest forms of exercise around. [more...] pictureIt's important to keep your bones healthy at any age. Too many women don't consider strengthening their inner structure until a fracture occurs in their 50s, and they're suddenly immobile. [more...] pictureOn his recent visit to Abu Dhabi, UK's Prince Charles made one of his usual controversial statements about food. As the royal couple watched a class of children being taught about food choices, the Prince turned to Nadine Tayara, a local nutritionist, and asked: "Have you got anywhere with McDonald's? Have you tried getting it banned? That's the key." [more...] pictureSpring’s here, summer’s just around the corner, and some of us are still carrying around that spare tyre from too much seasonal socialising. It’s round about now that we hear echoes of that famous expression “I don’t have time to get fit” - so here’s a few hints to help you find the time you need... [more...] pictureWhat comes first - cardio or strength training? Ever helpful as we are, has gathered the opinion of three fitness professionals to help you make that decision... [more...] pictureThe two of you may be at different fitness levels and have different goals, but there are plenty of reasons exercise together. Jo Finzi offers some timely advice... [more...] pictureNow the weather’s showing signs of improvement, some of you may need of a spot of toning up before hitting the beach. Just follow this easy six-week programme for your arms, stomach, breasts, legs and bottom and you’ll have a new outline in no time. [more...] pictureNow the festivities are over it's time to lose that excess weight and get into a healthy routine for 2011. It's time to start a sensible plan of healthy eating and regular exercise. [more...] pictureHow many of you have made a New Year's resolution to change your eating habits, lose weight and eat more healthily? You'll be pleased to discover that this year you can do it all without giving up bread and chocolate. [more...] pictureSo how do you keep fit at work? Long working hours are often given as a reason (or excuse) for not taking enough exercise. But fitting some physical activity into your daily working life could help to solve your fitness and weight problems... [more...] pictureAs the seasons change, the chillier weather means an increased risk of common colds. The good news is that exercise may help you ward off the nasty bugs. A new trial has revealed that just 30 minutes exercise a day reduces the risk of catching colds by half. [more...] pictureThis month sees the Dubai Marathon take to the streets, with competitors from all over the world. So why is it that people take up running in the first place? It’s probably because people realise that running is one of the easiest activities you can do to improve health, lose weight, and fight aging and disease. [more...] pictureI’ve been a personal trainer for 16 years, but it still surprises me how many myths and misconceptions surround the fitness industry. Even when I’ve explained the reality to clients, sometimes in great detail, certain old wives tales still emerge. I suppose the stories have been around for long you can see why people still have doubts, so here are the facts that explode the myths. [more...] pictureIf you've got a growing family and simply can't get out of the house and down to the gym, here's a few fast and simple mini-workouts that will help you sneak some fitness into your hectic home schedule. [more...] pictureTo get the maximum from your body, there's a perfect time for everything. Your internal clock governs your muscle strength and energy levels – as well as your emotions and mental powers. If you tune in to your body clock, you'll definitely get the most out of the day. [more...] pictureThe latest trend to hit the fitness scene is the revival of a couple of tried and tested fun methods... It's time to strap on those skates again and dust down the trampette... [more...]
One thing Dubai has plenty of is health clubs. Most of them are at best average and that's being extremely generous. Very few are good. Martin Foster checks out Fitness First and is pleasantly surprised... [more...] pictureOK, we know it’s still hot, but that’s no excuse for sitting at home with a cold beer, a pizza and a DVD. There’s nothing to stop you getting out there in the evenings and burning off a few calories by simply walking them off... [more...] pictureIf you’re planning to be in London this summer, we can recommend a fitness programme that’s the talk of Hollywood. Straight from Los Angeles, Beautcamp Pilates is a revolutionary concept that combines traditional Pilates with elements of circuit training. [more...] pictureThe pizza is known as being one of the tastiest and best-loved foods in the world, but it's really much more than that. The ingredients of the most popular pizza of all, the Margherita, make it a typical part of the Mediterranean diet: flour from cereals, water, olive oil, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. [more...] pictureResearch has shown that moderate regular exercise can prevent the accumulation of deep abdominal fat. The study of overweight, sedentary adults found that those who started working out on treadmills and stationary bikes tended to lose, or at least not add fat that accumulates around the abdominal organs. [more...] pictureAs we all know, it takes 1 calorie to heat 1 gram of water 1 degree centigrade. Translated into meaningful terms, this means that if you eat a very cold dessert (generally consisting of water in large part), the natural processes which raise the consumed dessert to body temperature during the digestive cycle literally sucks the calories out of the only available source, your body fat... [more...]
imageSo how are your workouts going? Getting fitter, stronger, changing shape, feeling better? Check in with our personal trainer Martin Foster, who has news of a great new workout routine... [more...]
imageIf the thought of exercise conjures up a vision of a tough work out in a sweaty gym, don’t worry… there are more fun ways of getting fit and burning up those extra calories. Jo Finzi comes up with some ideas for getting - and staying - in shape... [more...] pictureCan you diet while you’re sleeping? If someone told you that staying in bed for an extra hour a day was a great way to lose weight, you’d probably think you were dreaming - but UK’s health experts are just waking up to this reality. [more...]
imageIf you need to lose weight (or gain it), whether you want to get fit or just stay healthy, 60-70% of your success depends on how you eat. Exercise is incredibly important, but if you don't have the nutrients in your body so it can repair and grow, the success that you're craving will be extremely limited. [more...]
imageWe are all born with a primitive survival mechanism called the "flight or fight esponse", inherited from billions of years of evolution. Five thousand years ago, if a man was confronted by a threat, he could either run away or stand his ground and physically fight against his attacker... [more...]