You may not particularly enjoy going to gym, or haven’t quite found your niche in the health and fitness sector.
But you can have fun, be outside, and not spend too much money. (We’re all broke from the holidays, me included!)
Luckily there’s plenty of fun things to do that are great for not realising you’re getting a work out at the same time.
Here’s some of the most fun athletic activities that I’ve found around UAE, that are active and entertaining.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
This has to be one of my favourite past times. Not only do you get a dose of the ocean, it’s also calming, and you can paddle out around the Burj Al Arab (which makes for some amazingly instagrammable photos).
It’s a low-intensity work-out but lots of fun and gets you working your core, and arms.
It’s one of my favourite things to take visitors to do, and it’s just a lovely start to the day.
Surf House Dubai rents out paddle boards for Dhs75 an hour, which is enough time to go right out and around the Burj.
Yeah, yeah it’s no secret in Dubai – but it’s quite the workout if you’re hauling ass, and plenty of fun.
Whether you’re a pro (ahem, like me) or a beginner – you can get lessons and that’s just all the better exercise – imagine how good falling over and getting up is for your core!
Added bonus – you’ll burn more calories freezing your butt off.
It’s Dhs200 for a two-hour pass, and there’s an entertainer voucher for full-day passes (that are Dhs300 each).
I love bouncing, it reminds me of being a kid.
JumpBoxx is a little cheaper (Dhs70 per hour, and they are in The Entertainer), but Bounce has a little more to offer, with Wallrunners, and bigger facilities. (Dhs80 per person per hour).
Bouncing burns three times the calories that running does, and it’s softer on your joints. Added to that, you can play dodgeball on the tramps, or do BounceFit, a fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories.
You’ll undoubtedly work up a sweat bouncing around, take your friends and unleash your inner-child.
I will preface this with the fact that I love running. Some people don’t.
But it’s so fun, on a Tuesday night at Yas Marina Circuit, because it feels quite social – that most people will come round (if not you can always cycle).
There’s music playing and you can run, or walk or cycle and it’s a chilled out evening on a quality surface (I loathe running on roads and having to give way for cars).
It’s free, and the Daman Activelife sponsors subsidise bottles of water, so it’s all catered for.
If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it!
What do you enjoy?
Next up, I’m trying Rock Climbing. Watch this space!