The annual Dubai Fitness Challenge has come to an end with over one million people participating in free workshops and activities around the city.
Here at a&e, we slipped into our Lululemon’s and joined the initiative that helps motivate residents to change up their lifestyle, with majority promising to continue their journey after DFC wrapped up on Saturday.
The first edition of DFC was launched in October last year by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai with the recent edition seeing a spike of people coming together with a common goal to feel better (and have some room for the festive roast dinners).
To encourage to stay on track, here are some quick tips that you can implement every day.
Workout with a friend – it’s harder to talk yourself out of exercising when you have someone relying on you to show up.
Set a date – booking classes in advance keeps you committed (no one likes paying cancellation fees) while setting a target for a particular day will give you something to aim for.
Be realistic – if you can only manage two to three workouts a week, maintain that instead of trying to do five or more. However, challenge yourself, maybe it’s case of running for another minute or two, or choosing an advanced level.
Good morning – we are early risers and love to hit the gym first thing. Not only do you get it out of the way, it’s harder to leave the office on time towards the end of the day.
Keep it interesting – doing the same thing after another gets boring, and doesn’t challenge your muscles in the same way. Switch it up between cardio and weights, use nature and good weather to your advantage through hiking or kayaking.