Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

healthy mind, healthy body

Life can be stressful in all sorts of ways, even before you bring global pandemics into it.  As we start to adapt to the ‘new normal’ and settle into life in a post-pandemic world, the way in which we take care of ourselves should be a top priority.  Embracing the importance of health and wellness was one of the lasting positive effects from the upheavals of recent years.  Even though many of us are focused on getting back on track or starting a different role or trying a new adventure, we need to make sure we take the time to check in with ourselves on a regular basis.  Having a little break is also a great time to make sure you are balancing your personal development with your professional responsibilities.  To reach your full potential, you need to make sure to have a healthy mind and a healthy body.  Keeping our bodies and minds healthy is essential to helping us face the stresses and challenges that come our way.  So if you are worried you might not be allocating enough focus to wellness, we might have some interesting suggestions that could help. 

If you aren’t someone with a strict gym schedule already in place, you might find yourself struggling to find ways to stay active that you actually enjoy.  As our daily tasks mount up, it can be hard to prioritise your fitness and keep a healthy mind, especially if you haven’t found an activity that motivates you.  If you are looking for more unique and fun ways to stay healthy, we have rounded up a few options that don’t feature a boring treadmill in site! 

Saddle Up or Zip Down

Why not spend an afternoon channelling your inner John Wayne with a session of horse riding in Mushrif Park?  Not only can you enjoy the beautiful desert landscape, friendly wildlife and lush greenery, but your turn in the saddle will feel like a Wild West adventure.  The experts at the Mushrif Equestrian and Polo Club have horses for riders of all levels, from beginners to seasoned pros, so you will always feel comfortable.  If horses aren’t your think, you can always check out the maze of climbing and zip lines at Adventura, also in Mushrif Park and filled with activities for all ages.   

Slip and Slide

This activity is so much fun you won’t even notice how many calories are dropping off and its perfect for when the temperature is climbing!  A trip to your nearest water park is a wonderful way to get outside and do something active, especially if you have a family.  Running around all day, including up and down a lot of stairs, whilst splashing about in cool water is a surprisingly good workout.  A full day out can sometimes burn up to 1,000 calories, plus your kids will love you!   The best news, there are so many to choose from!  From old favourites Wild Wadi and Aquaventure to Laguna Water Park at La Mer and, if you fancy a nice drive, Wadi Adventure in Al Ain. 

Tip Top Golf

Taking centre stage at Emirates Golf Club is the fabulous fun and eclectic Top Golf.  If you like the driving part of golf and love to have fun, then this could be the sport you have been waiting for!   You can rent booths with friends and enjoy a range of beverage and food packages along with your tickets.   

Vent your feelings

If you haven’t yet heard of The Smash Room, then you are missing out.  Not only will you bust some serious calories here, you might also find that it is one of the best stress relievers of all time.  The perfect way to combine fuelling your mental and physical wellness, this destination allows you to grab a hammer (and goggles) and literally start smashing things up!  Kids driving you crazy?  Too much homework to mark?  Spouse forgot your anniversary?  Friends being annoying?  Vent all of your frustrations with some good old fashioned destruction! 

A different class

If you are looking for something a bit closer to the more traditional gym-style workouts, but still with an edge, you could opt of one of the new, off-the-wall classes that are available around town and are great for achieving those healthy mind, healthy body results.  Budding dancers can flex their moves at Hip Hop Cardio which has classes in Business Bay and Marina.  Prepare for epic tunes and some serious calorie burning.  You can also test your balance and work your core at a pool session with a difference courtesy of FloatFit Hiit Classes at the Sofitel on the Palm.  Their HIIT workouts are done whilst balancing on water so you might find your squat game gets taken to a whole new level! 

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