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Weekly Planner: What’s on the Agenda for May 2-5

Mental health is front and centre this week – here’s why.


In honour of Mental Health Awareness Month, Thrive Wellbeing Centre launches online platform Thrive in 5 today, making access to mental health and personal development more affordable and approachable. Four courses are currently available – Managing Anxiety, Perfectionism, Avoiding and Managing Burnout, and Communicating as a Couple – each conducted online in order to ensure the utmost in privacy. Priced at AED 474, they’re also considerably more affordable than a regular one-to-one session. 


Sunshine is a great mood-booster and keeping your vitamin D levels topped up is a proven way to counteract depression, so how about a family day at the beach to keep everyone happy before it gets too hot? The Family Daycation/Beach and pool day passes at Dubai JBR Hilton’s Wavebreaker Beach Club offer brilliant value for money at just AED 129 per person, with full F&B redeemable credit on weekdays.

Better still, kids under five benefit from free entry, whilst children aged 6-12 years get a 50% discount on the entry fee. With several water activities on offer, a volleyball court, and a kid’s playground right in the sand, there’s lots to keep everyone entertained – as well as plenty of opportunity to laze the day away on a sun lounger with a good book, should you so wish.

Available Sunday-Thursday from 8am-7:30pm, call 04 318 2319 to book, or e-mail [email protected].


For the duration of Mental Health Awareness Month, The LightHouse Arabia is offering a variety of free-of-charge online support groups. Starting this Tuesday from 3:30-4:30pm, and every Tuesday until May 25, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Robert Chandler will host Emotional Health During Times of COVID-19. This adults-only group meets to discuss emotional and mental health concerns, along with stress-related issues caused by social isolation, self-quarantine, and other implications of the pandemic.

For the full events calendar and to register, visit lighthousearabia.com.


We all know the benefits of exercise on our mental health, so if you’re yet to join a gym this year, now is the time to do it as the latest Fitness First has officially launched. Moving to a new location in the centre of Dubai Festival City Mall, the brand new club boasts an array of industry-leading concepts, pioneering workouts, innovative equipment, and an extensive range of group exercise classes – all set across a whopping 20,000 square feet of training space.

Centred around four outstanding Fitness First workout concepts, along with dynamic strength and cardio freestyle areas and a dedicated ladies-only section featuring state-of-the-art equipment, the new location offers dynamic boxing classes that provide a sensory knockout, immersive indoor-cycling experiences that draw on data visualisation technology and online gaming, a Hot Studio powered by an infrared heating system that warms the body directly rather than heating the air, and a modern GX Studio with over 200 weekly workout sessions to choose from. 

Add that to luxurious changing facilities, steam rooms, and a members’ lounge for guests to unwind and refuel, as well as MYZONE to help track workout efforts in real time and Fitness First’s ‘Good Vibes’ app (a member-exclusive lifestyle rewards programme that offers unlimited access to exciting discounts from over 900 brands), and we’re sold.

We’ll see you there! Click here to get a free day pass.


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Revitalise After Feasting: A Post-Thanksgiving Workout Regimen to Recharge Your Body

Revive, Recharge, Thrive

As the Thanksgiving feast fades into fond memories, it’s time to give your body the attention it deserves. In this post-feasting recovery guide, we’ll explore a tailored workout regimen designed to revitalise your body, recharge your energy, and counterbalance the indulgences of the holiday season.

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1. Wake Up the Body with Cardio Bursts:

Kickstart your post-Thanksgiving regimen with invigorating cardio bursts. Whether it’s a brisk morning walk, a jog, or a dance session, get your heart pumping and awaken your body from its food-induced slumber.

2. Core-Strengthening Pilates:

Engage your core muscles with a Pilates session to restore balance and stability. These low-impact exercises are perfect for toning and strengthening, providing a gentle yet effective workout for your post-feast body.

3. Yoga for Digestive Ease:

Explore a sequence of yoga poses designed to aid digestion and promote relaxation. Gentle twists and stretches will help soothe your stomach and release tension, leaving you feeling rejuvenated.

4. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT):

Inject a burst of energy with HIIT exercises to elevate your heart rate and boost your metabolism. Short, intense intervals followed by rest periods are an efficient way to burn off excess calories and jumpstart your fitness routine.

5. Mindful Cool Down with Stretching:

Wind down your workout with mindful stretching. Focus on areas that may have tightened during the holiday festivities, allowing your body to recover and preventing post-feast stiffness.

As you embrace this post-Thanksgiving workout regimen, remember that it’s not about punishment but restoring balance. This curated routine aims to invigorate your body, clear your mind, and set the tone for a healthy and active holiday season. So, lace up those sneakers, roll out the yoga mat, and let’s embark on a journey to revitalise and recharge after the Thanksgiving feast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How soon after Thanksgiving should I start this workout regimen?

The post-Thanksgiving workout regimen can be started as early as the day after the feast. However, listen to your body, and if needed, allow a day or two for digestion before engaging in more intense exercises.

Can I customize the workout routine based on my fitness level?

Absolutely! Tailor the regimen to suit your fitness level and preferences. Modify intensity, duration, or choose alternative exercises to ensure a comfortable and effective workout experience.

Is it necessary to follow the entire workout routine, or can I focus on specific exercises?

Feel free to adapt the regimen to your needs. While the full routine provides a well-rounded approach, you can choose specific exercises based on your preferences or focus on areas that feel particularly tight or in need of attention.


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