By Debbie Rogers: In our last issue, Ishita and I committed to making changes to our lifestyles and to sharing those changes with you both here in the magazine and through our personal social media channels and blogs. FoodeMag brings us together in a way in which we can celebrate our shared passions, but also maximize on our differences and use them in a way which builds on our strengths and weaknesses. Yes, I know, nobody wants to admit they have weaknesses, but we all do, or should I say we have ‘areas’ we would like to improve. Here’s the story of my incredible experience with Switch DXB and beyond.
Variety is the spice of my life!
It’s been a busy few months! My twelve weeks on the Switch 360 programme ended just before Ramadan and since then I’ve been figuring out my food and exercise routine on my own. Not as scary as it sounds as I learned so much during the programme that it’s been fairly easy to put new habits and routines into practice. The first month, though was taken up with Ramadan. As I fast during this period, I put in place an interim program which allowed me to train and stay active before committing to a new programme afterwards. I also committed to training, albeit not at such an intense pace as the Switch 360 programme.
My Ramadan routine consisted of healthy eating and a simple exercise routine. Food wise I focused on fuelling my body for a long period of fasting which typically meant a home made soup, laban, dates and water at Iftar time followed by a more filling meal later. Exercise wise I either did a K08 bootcamp at Iftar time which was tough, or working out in the gym in my building.
Now Ramadan is over, I feel like I’ve really begun to put into place routines which work for me, which are allowing me to work towards a simple goal of being fit and healthy and of course, by having my life in balance.
If Switch 360 has taught me anything, it’s that I enjoy variety in my training and that in order to know what I like and what I don’t like, I need to get out there and experience different things. I haven’t as yet settled on gym membership, or signed up to one of the class deals that allow you to train at different places. However, I have been trying some new classes and facilities and I’ve shared them in the next post titled #TrainWithMeDxb.
Whilst variety is great, and something that I think that I need, I also need some stability in my training and the one thing that has been constant is my love of K08 training. The moment I went to the first K08 bootcamp I knew that I had found something that I absolutely loved and wanted to continue with. Their mantra is #WeTrainWhereWeWant and this really resonated. The first time I met the team was at the Calisthenics Park next to SkyDive and the high energy of the trainer and the class convinced me that this was for me, it was addictive! KO8 is a piece of exercise kit which works with suspension and resistance allowing you to do strength, resistance and cardio training. The KO8 can be adjusted to work for all levels of fitness from beginner to elite and to cover a huge range of different exercises. Pair your KO8 with on-line training, personal training, an exercise class or Bootcamp and I can guarantee you will have fun and get results!
The bootcamp comes highly recommended, it’s high energy, high intensity, and gives high rewards. I love training outdoors and this really hit the spot for me.
Don’t worry though they also operate indoors and you can find them at NRG Fitness, Dubai Marina and Fit Inc in DIFC. You can hear more from Sean Clancy from KO8 who writes – SHOCK THE SYSTEM and BREAK A SWEAT WITH A SMILE in his first article for us.
I’m still working on finding the right level of balance on this one If I’m honest. I don’t want to feel that I’m permanently on a diet and having to monitor and measure what I eat each day. I want to feel like I’m eating in a particular way because this is my permanent lifestyle for me, and it has to be something that works for me so that it’s long lasting. What this means is practice is still panning out, but it’s going to mean a bit of trial and error and experimenting, some indulgences and of course a few blips along the way.
I eat out a lot as part of my job so I’m trying to balance some intermittent fasting, healthy eating and dining out so that I still work towards my goals, but also manage to do my job and of course, enjoy eating. It’s not always easy, but I am still seeing results on the scale and more importantly in how I feel and also how my clothes feels. In practice I am mostly cooking from scratch so I know what’s in my food, I’m mostly avoiding sugar and have reduced the amount of processed food I eat and the amount of calories I drink – my flat white is mostly replaced with americano, a good nitro coffee or cold brew.
The scales are down 15kgs so far so my mantra is onwards and downwards!
Fancy trying out something new or need some inspiration?
Dubai Sports World
Dubai World Trade Centre is operating Dubai Sports World until 2nd September. There’s a wide range of training facilities to suit all ages and abilities. There are also some additions including a Ninja Warriors Course, a Trampoline Park, Padel and more.
Activities include badminton, 5-a-side and 7-a-side footbal (and rugby), basketball , tennis, cricket, volleyball, a gym, fitness studio, cycling studio,a wrestling ring, running track, skate park, and a table tennis zone. Phew! We’re exhausted alredy!!
Open from 8 am to 12 am daily. Entry is Free. For details on pitch bookings and rates, visit www.dubaisportsworld.ae.
ENTRITSCH – new health & wellness community.
Recent research commissioned by Oman Insurance Company and Bupa Global, show that 89% of UAE residents aspire to live a healthier life, and 80% would like more information about health and wellbeing options. The ENRITSCH/REPs UAE tie up will provide UAE residents with just that!
ENRITSCH is an online health and wellbeing community aiming to boost awareness of the latest fitness practices and pursuits across the UAE. Check out Enritsch.com, to get instant information on the majority of the UAE’s fitness professionals on a wide range of services including personal and group training, yoga, pilates, pre-and post-natal and kids’ fitness.