5 Fun Ways to Stay Fit with Friends

June 20, 2017

Inspiring ideas to enjoy fitness with friends

A demanding work routine can make it a challenge to schedule time for exercise. This is made even more unattractive when you have friends you need to catch up with. But perhaps we can look for opportunities that blend both worlds so that fitness and fun go hand-in-hand! Group exercise sessions are a great way to connect with friends and enjoy the benefits of an intense workout at the same time. Here’s a quick list of a few fun activities to try:

1. Zumba

With aerobic and dance movements inspired by salsa, merengue, flamenco, samba, hip-hop and tango, Zumba is a high-energy workout that feels like a party. Zumba classes are not restricted to people with dance skills – anyone is welcome to join. Its group settings, fast beats and contagious energy are perfect for a fun workout with friends.
Suggested centers: Fitness First, GFX

2. Rock climbing

Rock climbing, if done in pairs, can be a great way to test teamwork.  Every climber is paired up with a teammate, and a friend makes it all the more fun. There are indoor climbing walls in the UAE where groups can safely practice, as well as professionally guided rock climbing tours for those who prefer the outdoors.
Indoor climbing walls: Rock Republic, Sky Trail
Rock climbing tour guides: Adventure, Regal Tours

3. Beach volleyball

An hour-long volleyball game on the sand can burn up to 500 calories. It’s also a good way to get social and workout with a group of friends or colleagues. It improves hand-eye coordination, agility, speed, balance and teamwork as players have to work together. Beginners can check out the games at JBR Beach near the Dubai Marina. More seasoned players will want to try out Kite Beach off the Jumeirah Beach Road and Barasti Beach near Le Meridien Resorts.

4. Trekking

The UAE has a diverse natural landscape with some scenic hiking trails through mountains and wadis, like the ‘Secret Staircase’ in the Musandam Mountains and Wadi Tayyibah at Dibba Al Fujairah. Trekking through one of these can be an incredible workout for the whole body and boosts strength, endurance and well-being. Plus, it’s a fun way to connect with people through group excursions or go on adventures with your friends!
Tour operators: UAE Trekkers, Explorer Tours

5. Jogging

Self-motivation can be a struggle, but it gets easier with a friend! A long jog together provides the perfect opportunity to catch up while motivating each other to stay on track. The advantage of jogging is that it doesn’t need any exercise equipment or membership fees - all it requires is a plan and the determination to stick to it. The UAE has plenty of great running tracks, like the YAS Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and the Bay Avenue Park in Dubai.
Find a running track in your emirate and take charge:

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