EX­ER­CIS­ING MY R IGHTS

Friday - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

Can I join the ranks of the healthy and hel­meted, with my hand­bag in a bas­ket and my of­ficewear blow­ing in the breeze?

Iam con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a bike. In or­der to cy­cle to work. It’s en­tirely fea­si­ble – there’s a safe route and I love be­ing on a bike. But even as I got in my car this morn­ing (to drive to work), I was hon­est and ad­mit­ted to my­self that it’s not go­ing to get as much use as it should. I think my ex­act words to my­self were: Who are you kid­ding?

Sure, I love be­ing on a bike – when I’m on hol­i­day, and the re­sort I’m stay­ing in gives me one to com­mute to and from the pool. Or I’m sight­see­ing in a new city at my own leisure (read: stop­ping for a kind of cake I’ve never tried be­fore, spot­ted in a bak­ery win­dow). Can I join the ranks of the healthy and hel­meted, with my hand­bag in a bas­ket and my of­ficewear blow­ing in the breeze? Stay tuned, reader.

I speak of cy­cling be­cause I re­cently re­turned from a hol­i­day where my steps, as mea­sured by my smart­phone, were off-the-charts amaz­ing, and I re­alised I can and should move more. It’s purely a co­in­ci­dence that this week­end’s Fri­day is fo­cused on fit­ness, how­ever: I’m usu­ally al­ways think­ing about go­ing to the gym, but not ex­er­cis­ing my right do to so as of­ten as I should.

Luck­ily, there are two more mo­ti­vated mem­bers of the mag­a­zines team. With so many op­tions for work­ing out avail­able in the UAE – just today I re­ceived two press re­leases about gyms – it was high time we vis­ited them to see what they are all about.

There are some re­ally creative minds out there com­ing up with ways for you to for­get that you are ex­er­cis­ing – from pound­ing drum­sticks into a floor to do­ing yoga on a pool float or bounc­ing on a tram­po­line. Which ones worked for our team? Turn to page 20 to find out.

One thing I do love about the cur­rent well­ness trend is the fo­cus on strong, healthy bod­ies. Look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion? Turn to page 32 – we got three Dubai dance in­struc­tors to show us their best moves in sleek gym gear that we can all try out. They are sim­ply amaz­ing. I hope you’re lov­ing the new-look

Fri­day – we’re now three weeks in, and have so much more to show you. Let me know your thoughts and feed­back!

Natalie Long, ed­i­tor Reach me at nlong@gulfnews.com

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