Five Steps to a Fitter, Healthier You

Squeeze in some or all of these steps in your daily routine to stay healthy. Just 30 minutes off your busy schedule to get active and stay healthy.

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Aparna Pengat
November 8, 2017

Squeeze in some or all of these steps in your daily routine to stay healthy.
Were you one of the lucky few to receive an invite to get fit from the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum? Just 30 minutes off your busy schedule to get active and stay healthy.

If that invitation got you contemplating about your six packs hibernating under a few layers of flab, then it’s time you took up the Dubai Fitness Challenge earnestly. Easier said than done, especially if you dislike any form of workout. But hey, excuses don’t burn calories and we have some tried and tested techniques to tempt your inner skinny out.

Step 1: Get a Fitness Tracker

In data we must trust, because we can’t improve what we can’t measure.
All those happy endorphins post a workout may make you feel on top of the world. But nothing beats the euphoria of monitoring a downward trend graph indicating the excess pounds you have shed steadily.
A fitness tracker is a convenient way to track all your activities, calories and even sign up for some daily motivation. Select the one that fits your health needs from an array of options available, including Jawbone, Fitbit, Garmin, Xiaomi etc.

Step 2: Walk, Jog, Run

When motivation strikes it might be tempting to jump into an exhausting fitness regime which can backfire immediately. One, you find it difficult to sustain and therefore lose the enthusiasm to follow through. Two, you get injured, because the only exercise you have perfected so far is the art of balancing your head and food on the couch.

Instead, start slow with something that’s easy on your rusty joints, like walking or a slow jog. And all you need to hit the start line – a good pair of walking/running shoes, your smartphone with all your favourite tracks and a tangle-free wireless earphone.

 If you are the indoorsy type, invest in a sturdy treadmill. Walk, jog or run while  you catch up on your favourite sitcoms and TV series. Who would have thought fitness can be such a time saver, right?

Step 3: Refresh Your Routine
The best way to prevent slacking and see faster results – keep surprising yourself with a new set of activities every alternate day. Bored of walking, running on the treadmill? Mix and match it with a quick spin on a stationary bike. Better still, get a portable bicycle and head to your favourite park for a spin. Nothing beats a good cardio and leg work out in the open air.
Had a tough day at work? Wish you could knock out that annoying friend into oblivion? Put that excess energy to good use. Brush up on your boxing moves, cuts, and punches with your very own Punching Bag. Imagine your worst enemy and pummel away.

Burning calories doesn’t have to be all violence and pain though. You can also opt for the fun way – with an Xbox 360. Take yoga or martial arts or play fun, family-friendly games with an array of fitness simulation programs.

Step 4: Lift More, Lose More
Think lifting weights will turn you into Arnold Schwarzenegger? The truth – not even remotely.
Several studies in the past have confirmed that strength training works better than regular cardio at keeping the blubber at bay. In addition to that, it also helps you shape and tone your body. In other words, goodbye jiggly arms, thunder thighs and gripping love handles.

Step 5: Relax. Breathe. De-stress
Even when you are on a hot pursuit of a fabulous body, don’t skip the R&R (Rest & Relaxation). All that stretching and training will come to naught if you don’t give adequate time to let your muscles recover. Opt for a full body massage to unwind and relax.

 If you are averse to the idea of getting a body massage, opt for an electronic foot massager, your personal AI masseuse at home to unknot those overstrained tendons. And while you are at it, indulge in that delicious cupcake that you’ve been saving for a rainy day.

Because all work and no play, is totally missing the point.

 

 

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