We’re joining people around the world in marking Global Wellness Day on June 11 by following the seven-step manifesto: walk for an hour, drink more water, avoid using plastic bottles, eat organic foods, do a good deed, have a family dinner and go to sleep at 10pm.
To be more active in the long run, we’re downloading the Good Move Dubai mobile app. This virtual walkathon starts in Dubai and navigates 38 cities around the world. Simply clock up steps by walking, cycling or running and earn virtual medals as you complete the stages.
For a little more motivation, we’ll be kitting ourselves out in the Ivy Park activewear range created by Beyoncé. Namshi.com has just received a new drop of this super-cool kit, which suits all body shapes.
After all that activity, it’ll be time to unwind at Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, which has a special package for Global Wellness Day comprising a healthy breakfast followed by a dance experience, detoxifying hammam and yoga session for Dh700 per person.
To feel better from the inside out, we’ll be trying the Detox Delight Ramadan package, which helps revitalise the body after fasting. All the vitamin-packed juices are organic, vegan and made in the UAE, and it starts at Dh370 a day.
Speaking of health, the need for regular medical checks is in the spotlight as 1.82 million women in the UAE are at risk of developing cervical cancer, according to the HPV Information Centre. We’ll be taking advantage of the free specialist consultations and pap tests at Zulekha Hospitals in Dubai and Sharjah until June 30 (call 600 52 4442).
Back at home, we’ll be swotting up on the latest wellness advice via Enritsch.com. The brainchild of Abu Dhabi residents Stefan and Megan Ritsch, the website boasts a 10-strong expert community offering private counselling with advice on everything from mental health to alternative medicine, nutrition and yoga. Plus, part of the profits go to charity.