Dubai: Many of us know how hard it can be to squeeze a workout into a very busy schedule.
That is why Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), the flagship fitness initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, focuses on the attainable goal of 30 minutes of exercise per day for 30 days.
This is to help its busy residents and visitors reframe the idea of having to carve large blocks of time to exercise and ultimately contribute to a healthier life.
So, how can you carve out time for exercise amidst the chaos of working life?
Here are some tips to help you successfully incorporate the Challenge into your routine…
Plan your month and block your calendar
The DFC website is the first place to start to find ways to fit the Challenge around a full-time job.
Packed with a wealth of information, from how to sign up for flagship events such as Dubai Ride, presented by DP World, and Dubai Run, presented by Mai Dubai, to inspiring tips around simple exercise that can be squeezed into a lunch break, it will help you plan – and stick to – your Challenge.
Blocking time in your diary at the start of the month is a brilliant first step to success. Where possible, treat it like a meeting and commit from the start.
In addition, many workplaces get involved with DFC so check what your office is doing – you might find there are opportunities to work-out while you are at work! Accept those calendar invites.
And don’t forget, simply taking a 30-minute walking meeting, fitting in a yoga flow between calls, or taking a leisurely lunchtime stroll, also counts.
Choose movement that makes you happy
While pondering a packed-out work diary, remind yourself about how wonderful it feels to have your mood lifted, especially on a challenging workday.
Recognising that finding joy in exercise is key to inspiring long-term commitment, DFC has once again broadened its wealth of activities, to ensure everyone will find an activity they love.
This will make you less likely to skip a class at the end of a tiring day. You won’t have to dig so deep to feel motivated if you are excited to try something new, or revisiting a sport you may have loved as a child.
Choose must-do activities
Choose a few must-do activities as milestones in your monthly journey, and look forward to them. This might be an after-work workout at the brand-new Run and Ride Central, perfect for members of the local business community seeking easy access to fitness classes to support their 30X30 goals, a sunrise Pilates or yoga session at the DP World Kite Beach Fitness Village, or a 7am bike ride around one of the many trails at the RTA Mushrif Park Cycle Centre.
DFC offers an expansive choice of fitness activities, ranging from traditional sports like football and padel – a DFC 2023 highlight is the 30-day Padel Cup – to emerging fitness trends like aerial yoga and Padbol, for every age and ability so there really is something for everyone, no matter your age or fitness level.
Enlist office workout buddies
With thousands of free classes on offer throughout the month, make a list of those close to your workplace and team up with colleagues to go together. Not only will this help you stay accountable, but there might also be some healthy competition.
Promise to leave work on time and head to one of the many Padel courts across Dubai for a fun and relaxing match or join the Les Mills / adidas largest HIIT workout on Sunday 12 November. There is also the DFC Low Intensity Workout Series, a collection of online videos with exercises for all fitness levels to inspire more of the office to get involved.
Keep the weekends fun
Family-friendly venues like Roll DXB, Dubai Ice Rink, or Bounce are brilliant activities for the weekend, while the DP World Kite Beach Fitness Village, RTA Mushrif Park Cycle Centre and 26 community fitness hubs across the city will all offer loads to do with the little ones – meaning parents do not have to find extra time away from their children to exercise, as well as the added benefit of promoting a healthy lifestyle amongst kids.
With 2023 promising to be the biggest and best DFC yet, it is easier than ever to complete the challenge. So, sign up now at www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com to be part of one of the world’s biggest fitness events that never fails to stir up massive public enthusiasm every single time.
Organisers and partners
The Dubai Fitness Challenge is organised by Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) and Dubai Sports Council; with Presenting Partners DP World, Dubai South, Mai Dubai, and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA); Association Partners Sun and Sand Sports, Blue, Dubai Chambers, Emirates Airline, Emirates NBD, Etisalat by E&, La Roche Posay, MIRA Developments, Mubadala Health, Optimum Nutrition, talabat, Shamal – Kite Beach and Emaar; Official Partners Aster Hospitals, Clinics and Pharmacy, Arabian Automobiles Co, Cigna, Emarat, Lipton, SIRO and TechnoGym; Media Partner Arabian Radio Network (ARN); and Government Partners Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Event Security Committee, Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, and Emirates Schools Establishment.
About Dubai Fitness Challenge
An initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) was created to support His Highness’ vision of making Dubai one of the most active cities in the world.
This seventh edition of DFC offers an action-packed calendar of sporting events and activities across the 30 days and will bring friends, families, visitors, colleagues, and communities together as they commit to 30 minutes of exercise for 30 consecutive days.
Featuring flagship events, Dubai Run and Dubai Ride along with the addition of Dubai Stand Up Paddle, this year’s Challenge runs from Saturda , October 28m to Sunday 26 November 26, 2023.