Simply things to do at your desk each day to keep fit
Time Out Dubai staff
As desk-bound employees in Dubai will attest, office rear is not just a terrifying urban myth. Sitting still, hunched over a computer for hours at a time will have your backside expanding in no time. Amir Siddiqui, head coach and owner of Dubai’s personal training-only Symmetry Gym (and Dubai’s ‘most expensive personal trainer’) reveals five essential, bare-minimum tips for staying healthy day in, day out. Personal training sessions from Dhs250. Symmetry Gym, Gold & Diamond Park, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 434 6479).
Eat home-cooked, calorie-controlled meals ‘You live the fast life of Dubai. You are surrounded by plenty. Options abound. But not eating planned meals is actually ruining your progress, running you down. Plan your food. Buy tupperware and cook food at home to take into work.’
Get out of your chair ‘Sitting is bad for you, simply because you do it too much in your sedentary Dubai life. Get up from your office chair every 15 minutes, squeeze your butt hard a couple of times, do some deep squats or go into cobra. Your spine will thank you.’
Take 15-minute naps ‘Has sleep deprivation become an accepted part of your routine because getting the solid, recommended 8 hours just doesn’t seem possible? Well, research shows that a more effective pattern might just be taking short, 15-minute naps. Employees at Google do it, why shouldn’t you?’
Breathe into your belly ‘You are breathing almost entirely from your chest, especially if you sit a lot. That’s a dysfunction. Correct breathing should be from the belly. Put one hand on your belly, the other on your chest and practice taking deep breaths while blowing your belly out and keeping your chest steady.’