If you are getting bored with the gym, look no further than this early-morning exercise class on a stand-up paddle board where you can work out, wake up, get a tan and start your day off with some nature therapy! Instructor Krissy says, “This is a full-body strength, conditioning and cardio workout. There are very few muscles left untouched. Even just standing on a paddle board is a great way to improve your balance and focus, as well as your core strength. But by adding functional exercises, you really intensify the workout.” Sessions run on Tuesdays at 7am and Fridays at 9am – Dh125 for a one-off, discounts on packages. Visit ignite-wellness.com to book.
A healthy deal
Fitness giant Fitness First has teamed up with grilled chicken favourites Nando’s to offer gym-goers a healthy post-workout meal. From May 1 all Fitness First members can get a guilt-free butterfly chicken breast, mixed leaf salad and still water at all branches across the UAE for just Dh49 instead of the regular menu price of Dh72. Just 332-402 calories depending on your choice of sauce! www.nandosuae.ae
The land of nod
Struggling to sleep? Try the new range of pillow mists from Singaporean brand BsaB at Lifestyle stores across the UAE. Featuring natural calming ingredients such as lavender and rose, the mists can be sprayed on pillows and duvets to aid a restful night’s sleep or used as room sprays to create a calming atmosphere. www.landmarkgroup.com
3 new healthy-dining options
1 Health food experts KCal are opening fine-dining restaurant Gourmet at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi on May 1. Gluten-free, flour-free, organic, no added sugar or preservatives, all-natural and made entirely from scratch. www.gourmetbykcal.com
2 Nathalie’s café has just launched a new personal-trainer inspired menu featuring a range of healthy dishes perfect for athletes and fitness fanatics, such as the delicious-sounding Green Eggs with spinach and avocado. www.nathalies.ae
3 Fans of gourmet deli Appetite the Shop will be pleased to know there’s a new branch in Index Tower, DIFC, offering all its favourites including the signature quinoa nori rolls. As always, nutritional info is available online. www.appetite.ae
Simple, yet effective! Try an activity tracker to keep track of how many calories you’re burning. Better still, join up with friends; a little competition can be a great thing...
Push it to the limit
Reebok’s new Spring/Summer ’16 CrossFit collection is now available in Reebok stores across the UAE. The range features the brand’s latest technology including the patented ActivChill fabric and SpeedWick moisture management – designed to let you test your fitness to the limit – and includes a selection of products such as reversible tights and shorts, fitted tanks and structured tees. www.reebok.com
Check out online boutique Namshi.com for its latest exclusive fitnesswear and athleisure arrival; the Ivy Park range co-founded by megastar Beyoncé. Featuring chic yet practical mix-and-match pieces including cute shorts, crop tops, sweatshirts and leggings in a choice of rises, the range comes in subtle yet stylish shades of grey and pink with pops of bright blue and turquoise to jazz things up. www.namshi.com
If you’re concerned about what nasties might be lurking in your sun-protection cream, check out the new range from Herbal Essentials. Advocating a natural approach to sun care, the non-greasy, non-marking range includes SPF50 oil and SPF30 oil and lotion suitable for both children and adults and is certified by Dermatest GmbH, the leading German dermatology research institute. The brand is also a certified member of Peta’s Beauty Without Bunnies programme meaning products are guaranteed not tested on animals. Available from leading pharmacies in the UAE. www.herbal-essentials.com
On a mission... the body I want
What’s happening? I’m finally getting my butt into gear and heading back to the size I want to be. It’s only taken me 15 years...
What’s on my plate? This month I decided to take a good look at my digestive system, as I’ve been suffering with bloating, constipation and acne recently so I’ve been wondering if it’s affecting my weight loss and overall health. I made an appointment to see Kay at Wellness With Kay (www.wellnesswithkay.com) for a colon hydrotherapy treatment; not the most fun I’ve ever had on a Monday morning but wow, did I ever feel better afterwards! The half-hour treatment itself was slightly uncomfortable and definitely weird – let’s face it, sluicing your digestive system with warm water is never going to be enjoyable – but it certainly wasn’t unbearable and the benefits far outweigh any discomfort. I felt lighter and less bloated straight away, a feeling that lasted, and my whole digestive system has been significantly more efficient ever since. On Kay’s advice, I’ve now started a 30-day cleanse from Actumus; a twice-daily cleansing drink with algae, chlorophyll and aloe to cleanse and re-alkalinise the body. More on that one next month!
What about exercise? Following on from a tough month’s classes at Fitness First, I decided a bit of cheating – sorry, help – wasn’t a bad idea. I’ve signed up for a course of HypoxiTherapy at BodySmart; I’m being zipped into a rubber skirt while I gently cycle away and a vacuum helps melt fat from hard-to-shift areas such as hips, bum and thighs. I’m three sessions into the course of 15 and I’m excited to see the results; predicted loss is 2-4kg and up to 16cm...
And the vitals… Last month my weight was 70kg; the tops of my arms, 28.5cm; waist, 75cm; hips, 96cm; bum, 108cm and thighs, 59cm. I had a bit of a blip this month – two weeks at your mum’s will do that to you – but even with my holiday indulgence I’ve managed to stay at (or rather, get back down to!) 70kg and still lose a centimetre or two. Significantly, I did a body-composition analysis at BodySmart and I’m amazed to report I’ve lost 9 per cent of my body fat since January!
My current measurements are: arms, 28cm; waist, 73cm; hips, 96cm; bum, 105cm and thighs, 58cm.