We know that sometimes it can be tricky to stay healthy and active in a city. Especially in a place such as Dubai owing to the fact that in summer the weather is so hot that it is a struggle to walk from your car to your office, let alone a run around the block or outside activities that can keep you active. There are some great ways that you can keep fit and healthy in Dubai by making a conscious decision about how you eat and move, without changing your lifestyle too much!
Opt for Healthy Food Restaurants
Dubai may be seen as a city of extravagance – of long lunches, endless buffets and champagne happy hours, but there are also a variety of health conscious restaurants that are dedicated to serving healthy food that is delicious and good for your body. The top healthy food restaurants in Dubai include organic restaurants Comptoir 102 who serve various organic options as well as gluten and sugar free treats. There is also Kcal, a healthy take away food outlet that will deliver delicious treats to your door, minus the usual fast food grease.
Get Your Fruit and Vegetables Delivered To Your Door
Instead of going to the supermarket to buy your groceries (where the temptation to buy the wrong food is right under your nose) there are options to get already packed meals or a selection of fruit and vegetables sent directly to your door, saving you time and the hassle of heading out in order to prepare your next meal. 77 Veggie Boutique will deliver low calorie, low carb and high protein meals to your door for your entire family to enjoy on a monthly basis. Ripe, the popular organic fruit and vegetable market in Dubai and other parts of the UAE, also have an online delivery service. Alternatively, you can head down to their various market spots or farm stalls and pick out some delightful ingredients, if you are in the mood for cooking your very own healthy meal in the comfort of your own home.
Get Active Outside (Once Winter Hits)
Once the weather starts to cool, take your active lifestyle outside! Dubai expats are an active group and enjoy activities such as running, using the outdoor gyms and even getting into the water and trying their hand at kite surfing and other water activities. Even activities like sand boarding will help with core strength, and you can have a bunch of fun while doing it too! If you don’t have much of a budget, take a look online as there are various free activities taking place and anyone is invited. There are free yoga classes, group boot camps, free guided cycling gatherings and now you can even join a triathlon for free!
Join a gym that is right for you
This might be an obvious way to stay healthy, but the selection of gyms in Dubai are expansive and there is a gym that will suit your lifestyle and exercise preferences. The ShuiQi Spa can be found at the most luxurious beach resort Dubai has to offer – Atlantis the Palm. This gym offers not only unlimited access, but also other lifestyle options such as access to the pools and massages – helping you stay healthy, active and happy in the process! If gym is not your thing, there are various studios in Dubai that offer yoga, Pilates and Barre, just to name a few. Need some inspiration? Then maybe get started with a personal trainer to boost your exercise regime, before heading out on your own.
These are only a few of the exercise and nutritional changes you can make in order to live a healthier life in the city of Dubai!