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A Gentler, More Inclusive Approach to the Dubai Fitness Challenge
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by Sarah Haddad 10-minute read October 28, 2023

Bring it on.

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The Dubai Fitness Challenge is back from October 28th and running — pun intended — through November 26th. Residents are challenged to do 30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days. As always, the offerings that the city has rolled out have made it virtually impossible for anyone to find an excuse not to participate.  

The commendable initiative, spearheaded by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai, is designed to motivate Dubai residents to cultivate a health-conscious mindset and embrace more well-balanced, active lifestyles.

"Dubai is a city that recognizes the importance of physical, mental, and social well-being and constantly strives to provide everyone with opportunities for an active lifestyle. All it takes for you to succeed is an unyielding pledge to enjoy 30 minutes of activity for 30 days," says Sheikh Hamdan. "I challenge each and every one of you to embrace your fitness journey and make a difference in your life. Together, let’s make the UAE the most active country in the world."

The 30-day event invites both novices and seasoned athletes to commit to physical activity, pushing the boundaries of one's own body and mind in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. For some, however, the grand scale and intensity of the event can be intimidating, leaving them hesitant to join the fitness foray. 

In that spirit, and considering the heavy hearts we are all carrying during these difficult days, Savoir Flair has curated an alternative program — an antithesis to the norm, if you will. We understand that fitness doesn't always have to be quantified in sweat, tears, or calorie counts. Wellness, in its truest form, is a holistic experience that combines the body, mind, and soul. To that end, we have designed a gentler, more inclusive 30-day program that speaks to the days you don't feel like running a marathon or lifting weights.

This month, your wellness journey doesn't have to comprise solely of high-intensity interval training or strenuous Pilates sessions. Our program offers a tapestry of activities designed to cater to your physical, emotional, and even spiritual needs. On certain days, the itinerary includes low-impact activities that are still conducive to your overall well-being. 

While Dubai's Fitness Challenge offers a rigorous regime designed to challenge and inspire, it's essential to remember that wellness is not a one-size-fits-all experience. Individual preferences and limitations must be acknowledged and celebrated. That's what makes our 30-day program a refreshing alternative; it's versatile, inclusive, and mindful of the fact that your wellness journey is uniquely your own.

We invite you to follow our 30-day plan, share your progress, and discover that wellness can come in many forms — each one valid, each one fulfilling. As we all take these 30 days to challenge ourselves, let it serve as a grounding reminder: In a world currently engulfed in turmoil, where many of us are ardently advocating for change, taking care of yourself isn't just an indulgence — it's a radical act of self-preservation and resilience.


Book A Yoga Class

Dubai boasts a vibrant yoga scene with a myriad of amazing yoga studios. Feel the burn as you strengthen your core, improve flexibility, and work those muscles in a rejuvenating yoga class. 


Explore Dubai’s Running Tracks

Why tread the dull treadmill when you can embark on an exhilarating run along the city’s many running tracks? With tracks located along the Dubai Canal, Dubai Marina Promenade, and Kite Beach, you have the perfect setting to make your run an invigorating experience. So, jog, sprint, or take it slow — the Dubai running tracks welcome all runners to experience fitness with a view.


Swim in the Arabian Sea

Whether you're a seasoned swimmer or just looking for a leisurely dip, the inviting waters of the Arabian Sea have something for everyone. So, put on your swim gear, embrace the waves, and make a splash on your fitness journey. 


Take the Stairs

For those "I'd rather not break a sweat" days: Instead of surrendering to the elevator's seductive call, boldly opt for the stairs. Every little bit helps, and those extra steps can add up over time and contribute to your overall fitness.


Go Skiing

Strap on your skis, tackle the slopes, and feel the burn as you navigate the indoor winter wonderland at Ski Dubai. Trading your running shoes for ski boots will shred some serious calories but also be a necessary change of scenery for those of us who are glued to our phones right now.


Attend A Barry's Class

Ready to take your fitness to the next level? Attend a Barry's class in Dubai, where the burn is real, the energy is electric, and the results are undeniable – it's a workout experience like no other.


Join the Padel Craze

Padel is a unique blend of tennis and squash, played on a smaller court with solid walls. It's the perfect choice for those seeking a full-body workout and a high-energy, social experience. Gather your friends, reserve a court, and engage in spirited matches that not only improve your fitness but also your hand-eye coordination.


Transform Your Car Wash Into a Workout

Rather than heading to the car wash, roll up your sleeves and grab a sponge, bucket, and hose. The scrubbing, rinsing, and polishing involved in washing your car provide an excellent upper body workout, and the bending and stretching contribute to overall flexibility. Plus, you get the satisfaction of a clean car at the end. 


Go on a Hike

With its stunning landscapes and scenic trails, Dubai offers an array of hiking opportunities, from the rugged Hatta Mountains to the expansive desert dunes. Going on a hike is not only a great way to challenge your fitness levels but also an opportunity to connect with nature and experience the beauty of the UAE's diverse terrain. 


Gym Workouts with Exclusive Deals

For those who prefer the familiar setting of a gym, Dubai has got you covered during the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Hit the weights, jump on the treadmill, or join a fitness class at your preferred gym, and take full advantage of exclusive fitness deals and discounts offered by participating gyms and facilities. Not only do these savings make staying active more accessible, but they also allow you to access state-of-the-art equipment and expert guidance. 


Go on a Hot-Girl Walk

Make it a habit to escape your daily grind and enjoy a leisurely stroll in one of Dubai's beautiful parks during your lunch break or in the evening. Walking is an excellent low-impact exercise that's easy on your joints and perfect for days when you're not up for a more strenuous workout. Plus, it's a fantastic way to appreciate the city's natural beauty and keep your fitness routine going, one step at a time.


Try a Dance Fitness class

Who said workouts had to be all sweat and no rhythm? Dive into Dubai's vibrant dance fitness scene, where you can groove your way to fitness with dynamic classes like Zumba and salsa. These exhilarating sessions bring together the joy of dance and the benefits of a full-body workout. You can find these classes, and many more, on apps such as ClassPass, a monthly membership that provides access to a multitude of different classes all over Dubai!


Ride the Waves at Jumeirah Beach

Head to Jumeirah Beach and try your hand at thrilling water sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding. Windsurfing and kiteboarding engage your core, boost your balance, and provide an adrenaline rush like no other. You can find many water sports schools such as Kite N Surf, that offer both lessons and rentals to help you kickstart your experience.


Have a Workout-From-Home Day

For those days when you prefer to break a sweat from the comfort of your own space, online workouts have got you covered. Virtual fitness classes provide the flexibility to exercise on your schedule while staying connected with the fitness community. 


Explore Dubai’s Cycle Tracks

With a network of dedicated cycling paths, Dubai is a cyclist's paradise, whether you're a casual rider or a seasoned cyclist. From scenic coastal routes in Jumeriah Beach and urban trails in Meydan to amazing views of the desert in Al Qudra, there's a cycling path for everyone.


Go Mall Walking

Next time you hit the mall for some retail therapy, take the opportunity to do some laps around the stores. Dubai's sprawling malls provide the ideal setting for a brisk walk, offering a climate-controlled environment and plenty of space to rack up steps. 


Do Your Groceries in Person

Incorporating fitness into your daily routine can be as simple as swapping your online grocery order for a trip to the supermarket. Walking through the aisles, pushing a cart, and carrying bags of groceries can contribute to your daily physical activity. 


Tee Time With a Twist

One of the often-overlooked aspects of health is our social well-being. Catching up with friends and sharing a few laughs can be incredibly therapeutic and is proven to lower stress levels. Why not gather your friends and hit the greens for a night out at Topgolf? This entertainment venue offers more than just a standard golf experience; it's a lively fusion of sport, leisure, and camaraderie.


Spend the Day at a Water Park

From adrenaline-pumping slides to lazy river floats, water parks provide a unique opportunity to exercise while having a blast. The constant movement, climbing stairs, and navigating the water attractions offer a full-body workout. It's the perfect escape from the scorching Dubai sun while keeping you active, and it's an excellent family-friendly option. 


Go Horseback Riding at Sunset

Dubai offers stunning equestrian experiences that combine the thrill of horseback riding with the beauty of a desert sunset. As you ride through the sandy terrain, you'll not only engage your core, but also immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert landscape. 


Attend A Reformer Pilates Class

This gentle yet powerful form of exercise is known for enhancing core strength, flexibility, and overall muscle tone. With specialized equipment, Pilates reformer classes help you target specific muscle groups while improving your posture and balance. 


Go Paddle Boarding

As you paddle along the serene waters of Dubai, you'll engage your core, challenge your balance, and build strength. You can also take it to the next level by booking a class with Super Sup Fit. The space offers boutique HIIT, yoga, and Pilates workouts on stand-up paddle boards, transforming your paddle boarding experience into a dynamic fitness adventure. 


Go Wake Surfing

This exciting water sport combines elements of surfing and water skiing, allowing you to ride the waves behind a boat. Wake surfing challenges your balance and core strength as you navigate the wake, offering a full-body workout while having a blast on the water. 


Play Volleyball on the Beach

Playing beach volleyball offers an excellent cardiovascular workout as you sprint, jump, and dive in the soft sand. Whether you're looking to break a sweat with friends or challenge fellow beachgoers to a friendly game, beach volleyball is a fantastic way to combine fitness and fun.


Deep Clean Your House

Put on your cleaning gear, crank up the music, and let your housework be the unexpected key to a cleaner and fitter you. It's a win-win that combines a tidy living space with an active lifestyle.


Rearrange Your Furniture

Moving and re-positioning furniture can be a fantastic low-impact workout, whilst optimizing the layout of your home, creating the ultimate feng shui environment. Plus, as you enhance the flow and energy of your home, you'll discover a newfound sense of calm and well-being. 


Go Kayaking in Hatta

Nestled in the Hajar Mountains, Hatta offers an ideal setting for a kayaking adventure. Paddle your way through serene lakes and winding canals, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. 


Try Indoor/Outdoor Rockclimbing

Chalk your hands and take on the exhilarating world of rock climbing. Climbing works your entire body, building strength, endurance, and mental focus. It's not just a workout; it's a test of your determination and courage. 


Embrace the Power of Stillness

One of the most poignant days in our 30-day program invites you to explore the tranquil landscapes of your inner world through meditation. As a cornerstone of wellness, this timeless practice encourages you to pause, breathe, and cultivate mindfulness. By focusing your mind, you drive away the clutter of incessant thoughts, achieving a state of mental clarity that empowers you to make better decisions. Go on, you deserve it.


Try a New Sport

Maybe it's a game of beach volleyball, a round of golf, a session of indoor rock climbing, or even attempting the local sport of camel racing. Exploring new sports not only introduces you to a different fitness routine, but also broadens your horizons and challenges you in unique ways. It's the perfect chance to step out of your comfort zone, discover a newfound passion, and make fitness an adventure that keeps you engaged and motivated throughout the Dubai Fitness Challenge. See you next year.

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