Crown Prince of Dubai launches fitness challenge

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Dubai’s Crown Prince wants us all to commit to 30 minutes of fitness every day and who are we to say no?

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, known for his love of extreme sports, took to Twitter to announce the launch of Dubai Fitness Challenge.

Whatever your level of fitness, 30×30 calls on everyone to do 30 minutes of exercise every day, for 30 days, in a challenge that could Dubai into the world’s most in-shape city. Half-an-hour of daily activity is generally considered to be the amount we need to stay fit (but go easy on the brunches too).

If you need some fit-spiration to hit the magic number, a bunch of cool stuff is taking place under the banner of Dubai Fitness Challenge, including some long-standing events like the Spartan Race, the Spinney’s 92 Cycle Challenge and Dubai City Swim. If you prefer your exercise more low-key, more than 1,500 free workout sessions will be held around the city and 75 pop-up sports halls will open from 20th October-18th November.

So all the family can get involved, five weekend carnivals will also happen at Safa Park, Burj Park, Kite Beach, Skydive Dubai and Dubai Festival City, where there’ll be everything from BMX riding and paddleboarding to dragon boating and parkour.

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Kicking off the 30×30, as it’s being dubbed, will be a mass outdoor yoga class at Safa Park on 20th October, between 4pm-6pm.

We don’t know about you, but a few rounds of energising yoga postures and we’re ready for a lie down. Not so timid are the yoginis of YogaFest Dubai, who have organised a class of more than 100 sun salutations.

You don’t even need to be experienced in the ancient Indian art to come along, as it’s open to everyone over the age of 16. Whether you make it to 10 or the complete total of 108, everyone is welcome to join the Global Mala session that’s part of a worldwide event inspired by the 108-bead mala strand used by yogis.

Five qualified instructors will lead the two-hour yogathon, which will include 108 of the sun salutations typically found in classical hatha yoga. Said to stretch all of the major muscle groups, if you move through the 10 poses rapidly, you’re sure to warm up quickly.

Sign up for Dubai Fitness Challenge events and download an app to track your progress here

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