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For a fitter you
by Manjula Ramakrishnan November 10, 2017
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With fitness now on most people’s agenda, the health and fitness message from Shelley Pond, Marketing & Communications Manager at Gulf for Good is perfectly timed. “A healthy lifestyle can improve your mental and physical health, build your confidence, and make you look and feel great. Gulf for Good challenges are not just about challenging yourself physically; we are about wellness, giving back, making friends…embracing life. In the spirit of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, we are ready to take you on new journeys and help you become a better you.’’ Shelley gives us a pick of top 10 things that one can do with relative ease to bring out the fit you.
 
GET MOVING: Take the kids and dogs to the park or beach and opt for the stairs instead of the lift. You’ll get your heart rate pumping, boost your metabolism, and pave the way for better fitness levels. Take advantage of Dubai’s perfect winter weather with a 10-30 minute power walk outside — boosting your vitamin D levels in the process.
Recent research has shown that running up and down the stairs at work for just two minutes, five times a day can boost fitness levels over an eight-week period — got to be worth a try.

GET UP EARLY and GO TO BED EARLY:
 It’s a whole lot easier to take the day by storm and you›ll soon notice a difference in your energy levels, mental capacity, and even your attitude. Getting enough sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. Studies have found that athletes who slept at least 10 hours a night for eight weeks improved their speed and had more stamina.

EAT A HEALTHY BREAKFAST:
 A good breakfast will jumpstart your metabolism and you’ll be less likely to have bad cravings during the day. According to fitness experts there is no reason why you can’t have the same metabolism in your 30s and 40s that you had in your 20s. It’s all about boosting your metabolism, which kick-starts with your breakfast.

5-MINUTE PLANK CHALLENGE: Start with two minutes — whether all at once or in intervals. Try this once a day and you’ll soon get to five minutes... and a toned tummy. This is an easy challenge to try at home but why not also take advantage of all the free classes on offer right now as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge.

SMILE and LAUGH MORE:
 Seek more opportunities for humour and laughter in your life. Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh: relaxing your entire body, lightening your burdens, inspiring hopes, connecting you to others, and keeping you grounded, focused, and alert.

TALK: Put down your phone and have a real-life conversation with people you casually meet every day. Without exception people return from a G4G challenge blown away by the bonds that were formed with their fellow challengers, making new friends for life. People have such wonderful stories to share; don’t underestimate the value of listening and connecting.

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS:
 Do something nice for someone else — the kind of favour you might not see returned. Did you know kindness can actually make you healthier? Kindness produces serotonin, which generates a feeling of calm. Studies have shown time and again that the most selfless among us are overall, the happiest. Developing a habit of kindness reduces pain, stress, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure.

BE SPONTANEOUS:
 Try something new or do something you didn’t think you could — just for the experience. As the New Year approaches, why not make a commitment to trying new things and engaging fresh experiences: reinvigorate your life with energy and excitement; overcome your fears; stimulate your creativity and see how you’ll begin to think about everything in a new light.

GO GREEN: Green vegetables are the number one food you can regularly eat to help improve your health, packed with vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Broccoli, spinach, kale, leeks, lettuce, collard greens — these super veggies are high in nutrients and have in them vitamins C, E, and A, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These are loaded with antioxidant phytochemicals which help dilate blood vessels and may have cancer-fighting properties.
 

CHALLENGE YOURSELF: Commit to maintaining long-term health and fitness by signing up for a race, cycle challenge, hike... G4G challenge! Start training for it now.
 

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