Dubai Fitness Challenge has thrown us to the deep end: we didn't expect a 5 and 10 kilometer run at Sheikh Zayed Road this Friday on the 8th of November.
Tickets are still available (and running out, so register QUICK!), but for those who have registered already and are dreading the run (AND waking up at 6 am in the morning), do not fear.
Collect your T shirts (bibs and race chips are mandatory) too, for comfortable running gear!
A few tips would help to ensure you do not end up breathless, but rather enjoy the early morning energy of a run and realize its family-packed benefits of a good exercise early in the morning. Get your blood pumping, and your heart healthy!
TIP 1: EARLY TO BED, EARLY YOU RISE
We all know it’s the weekend and the last thing we’d want to do is sleep when the time is young on a Thursday night. However, with a completed sleep clock of 7-8 hours, you will feel far more energetic than those who crash in bed late. Sleep by 11 pm at the least, wake up at 6 am and feel active with a five minute stretch!
TIP 2: STICK TO BASIC LIGHT BREAKFAST
Try having a fruit in the morning on an empty stomach before a run. Do not resort to artificially packed foods, such as sugary granola bars and preserved foods. Think wisely, and choose your replacements. Although many athletes stick to consuming a banana or nothing at all before a heavy run, it is advisable for younger age groups between 8-15 years old and the elderly to have a light breakfast, in order to avoid fatigue.
TIP 3: CARRY YOUR WATER
You WILL get exhausted during a 5k run – it is no piece of cake. Therefore, to stay hydrated (read: alive), grab a fancy 500 ml capacity water bottle and consume your liquids – take occasional sips during the run.
To make it fun, chop up some strawberries, berries or squeeze some lemon for an infused delicious yet hydrating treat. Bear in mind, do not immediately down your bottle right after the run – allow your body temperature to cool down first.
TIP 4: IF YOU CAN’T KEEP UP, DON’T KEEP UP
Even though it’s a run, we all have different bodies that work in different ways. An athlete might run, but a tired 18 year old might walk, so don’t sweat it – breathe when you need to, and stop when you really feel uncomfortable, but challenge yourself throughout the run as much as you possibly can!
TIP 5: POST RUN, DON’T BINGE EAT
This is an often repeated mistake that a lot of people make. Granted, it is obvious your stomach would be growling for food after the run, but wait for at least an hour before having a meal, or else you’re messing with your digestive system.
TIP 6 – ENJOY THE RUN!
Do not see the run as a burden, but rather a boost to your already fit self or the start of a healthy lifestyle. With such challenges made by the Fitness 30x30 team, there is a bigger vision for Dubai – for all its residents to come together as a community and create a healthier version of themselves.