The gym has rightfully built a reputation for being a one-stop-shop for physical exercise and training. Over the past few decades, the gym has been able to diversify its offerings. Once known as a place for bodybuilders and weight lifters to pump iron, it is now welcoming people of all ages, sexes and fitness goals.

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Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle or just trying to get in shape, the gym is the perfect place to do it. Even though the gym is an excellent destination for sport and fitness activities, is it the only place to go for exercise? Certainly not.

Changing your environment, and tailoring your physical activities to the destination of your training keeps things interesting and can train your body and muscles in ways that gym equipment won’t.

To get some inspiration and a few examples of what we are talking about, here are a few best places to exercise outside of the gym you can try

1. Home workouts

Best Places to Exercise

Working out at home is convenient, comfortable and can be very effective. Why pay money to go to the gym when you have all you need at home? As long as you have sufficient open space, the equipment you need for the particular exercise, you’re all good to go.

This not only means you’re saving money from getting a gym membership but also saving time and cost of transportation going to and from the gym. There are many different types of home workouts you can try.

Some include bodyweight training, indoor yoga, cardio exercises, and more. You can buy the necessary equipment you need for your workouts, but if you’re practising yoga poses, stretching, meditation or even bodyweight training, then the most you’ll need is probably a mat.

So before you decide to buy a membership at your gym or health club, do some research about how you can turn your home into a workout centre.

2. Training at the park

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Training at the park is one of the most popular fitness destinations for people of all ages and body types. As most gyms and health clubs require payments and certain requirements to become a member, public parks have been developed by the government to give people a chance to workout out and exercise, and Dubai has an abundance of them. Here are a few to mention:

  • Dubai Marina Outdoor Gym – Located directly opposite Dubai Marina Mall, Marina outdoor gym is a popular site for people looking to stretch, build core strength and bodyweight training such as pull-ups and dips. Sun shields have recently been built and placed over the area, which means you can train there without getting burnt by the sun or overheated. 
  • Burj Park – Conveniently placed under the worlds tallest building, this is a perfect and convenient spot in the heart of the city to train. The park is a great stop in between runs and also a good place to socialize with others who are training.
  • Skydive Dubai – This is undoubtedly one of the most popular outdoor workout spots in Dubai. What makes this outdoor gym is that it has a variety of classes and is welcoming to people of all ages and fitness goals. Artificial grass also makes it ideal for people looking to do yoga or low-intensity cardio training.

3. Go for a hiking adventure

Best Places to Exercise

Going for a hike is one of the best exercises for weight loss, endurance building, and improving cardiovascular health. Hiking can be done anywhere, anytime. The only things you need is running shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and water.

The humidity and heat of the UAE will also help you to break a sweat faster. Going for hikes is also a great way to socialize with people while getting a workout in. The intensity and duration of your hike, depending on your fitness and endurance levels.

4. Long-distance cycling

Best Places to Exercise

Just like hiking, Dubai has many walking and cycling tracks and is a popular activity for fitness lovers. Cycling is excellent for building up endurance, developing lower body muscles and improving cardiovascular health. This is also the perfect exercise for weight-loss.

Cycling tracks in Dubai often cross with many fitness parks. So you can have a cooldown, a stretching or a bodyweight training session in between long-distance cycles. Instead of going to the gym and hopping on the cycling machine, try to get out there and cycle around the city.

5. Swimming and water sports

Best Places to Exercise

Water sports is one of the more fun ways to train and keep exercise interesting. With the UAE heat sometimes making it difficult to train under the sun, going to the beach or your community swimming pool is a great way to cool down and get some physical activity going.

Fortunately, the UAE is littered with many beaches and water parks for people of all ages to get their fitness activities going. Water sports such as volleyball, surfing, diving, and swimming are great activities for weight loss and improved cardiovascular health. Just be careful with children as those who don’t know how to swim well may struggle. 

Keep in Mind

With the many different fitness activities we can do outside the gym, we need to remember that it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go to the gym. There are exercises, machines, and equipment that are only available at the gym.

The point of knowing the best places to train outside the gym is to keep your exercise interesting, give the body something new and to encourage you to exercise more.

And it’s also essential to keep in mind that no matter what type of exercise you do or where you do it, diet is still an important factor of better health. You can’t out-train a bad diet.

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