How to fit exercise into a busy schedule, build strength and tone your body in a flash?
Tips and tricks to getting the most out of your workout
You asked, and we answered. Here are easy solutions to your biggest fitness queries.
I work 12-hour days, sitting at a desk for most of that time. I’m too tired to go to the gym by the time I get home. How can I fit an effective workout into my day?
Carving out time to exercise on a hectic working day is no easy feat. But, if you’re serious about investing in your health and fitness, find a time that suits your schedule and one that you can stick to, no excuses.
We find that early mornings are often the best. Aside from getting your workout out of the way first thing, it will boost your mood and energy levels for the day ahead. Reward yourself post-workout with a fresh smoothie or your favourite coffee. These simple things will make getting out of bed easier if you know a treat is waiting.
If you find yourself hitting the snooze button, try breaking up the workout into slots. Try a quick 20-minute jog in the morning or a power walk on your lunch break, followed by a yoga or pilates class in the evening to help you wind down from the day.
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I see different people doing variations of sit-ups and crunches in my gym. What works best for a flat stomach?
While most gyms usually offer some specialised machines for the abdominal area, they aren't always necessary. The most effective tummy toning methods can be done with just a simple mat, to help protect and cushion your back.
To firm up your abs and reduce belly fat (plus those pesky side parts), circuits that include a range of sit-ups, crunches, planks, and 15 minutes of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) are the way to go. If you’re having trouble mastering the moves, take a look on YouTube for expert video tutorials on how to get the most out of the various positions. Remember always fully to engage your core for max impact.
Stomach exercises can be sore, especially at the beginning. To help get through the circuit, create a small playlist of empowering songs to get you through the circuit.
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I’m a runner and have completed a couple of marathons. But my upper strength is lacking. Any suggestions to help me build my upper strength without taking me away from the treadmill for too long?
The upper body is often overlooked for runners. However, this area is crucial for improving speed and endurance. Look to ab and back building exercises, such as push-ups or bench presses.
Hesitant to step off the treadmill? Up the incline and do a series of short sprints to add intensity. To further tone your arms and shoulders, carry out a few rounds of bicep curls or overhead presses while speed walking.
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