It’s so easy for the holidays to ruin your health and fitness goals, try these 6 ways to help you stay on track and keep your festive spirit. Before we go through the tips, take a moment to check out the Mai Dubai Community Run and register along with your family and friends! The Mai Dubai Community Run is one of the most awaited community-friendly events in Dubai and training for this event will definitely help you stay healthy during the holidays. 

1. Limit indulging to special days

Nobody gains weight eating a substantial Christmas dinner or indulging on New Year’s Eve. What used to be special occasions have now become everyday holiday festivities, with a variety of food and drinks to celebrate. Keep the splurge events to specific times such as Christmas Day and New Years Eve and then stick with healthy options. 

2. Prioritize exercise

That feeling after a good workout actually is in your head. Exercise can boost endorphins as well as feel-good neurotransmitters like serotonin, making it the perfect holiday stress buster. Conversely, research shows that stress impairs physical activity. Getting sidetracked and blowing off your workout can seem easy during the holidays. Knock it out early in the day whenever possible before obligations sidetrack you. Signing up for the Mai Dubai Community Run and having something to look forward to will also motivate you to prioritize exercising and training for the event. 

3. Get extra sleep

On holiday vacation, getting a lot of sleep is a given. Getting enough quality sleep is beneficial for many reasons like improving mood and energy. Plus, sleep will help you make better food decisions since studies found that cravings (especially sugar cravings) can be worsened by lack of sleep. 

4. Get your family and friends involved. 

The holidays are a great way to spend quality time with friends and family. Join the Mai Dubai Community Run! Gather your family and friends and encourage them to register for the Mai Dubai Community Run. Having someone will help you become motivated to stay healthy during the holidays since someone you won’t be feeling alone and someone is there for accountability purposes. 

5. Try mindful eating 

Eating is enjoyable, but overdoing it can leave us feeling less than cheerful. To keep your stomach connected with your brain as you eat, try mindful eating — the practice of being fully present while savouring each bite. Experiencing food this way forces you to focus on feelings of fullness and satisfaction, and may even help control how much you eat this holiday season. 

6. Take time to relax 

We know that it can be stressful during the holidays due to deadlines, crowds, and interactions with difficult family members. Being healthy isn’t only about eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep, making sure your mental health is also healthy is also crucial. Step up your self-care routine this holiday season to dial down stress and feel rejuvenated. 

Want to join the best running events in Dubai, you’re lucky we organize them! Check out the events below: 

Mai Dubai Community Run

The Mai Dubai Community Run previously called the Skechers Performance Run has 2.5 km, 5km, and 10km races available and it’s a family-friendly event which is great if you want to bring your family with you. The next race will take place on the 15th of January 2023. Register here. 

Palm West Beach Run
No city in Dubai has a better combination of nature, love of sport and iconic infrastructure for hosting a beach run than in Palm Jumeirah. Come and explore and experience Palm West Beach in a whole new way. Register here.

Mai Dubai City Half Marathon 

The Mai Dubai City Half Marathon is one of the most popular running events in Dubai. The last Mai Dubai City Half Marathon occurred last 30th of October 2022. To be updated on the next Mai Dubai City Half Marathon event, follow us at @promosevensports on Instagram.

Bloomberg Square Mile Relay 

The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay will be back in Dubai on 9th February 2022. The Bloomberg Square Mile Relay is the only corporate race in the world and anyone can enter as a team of 10 for a great team-building activity. Register now!

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