As the knock-on effect of coronavirus continue to rear its ugly head, more shutdowns are taking place in the United Arab Emirates, as well as globally.

All Dubai-based gyms, spas and parks have been shut down for the next two weeks along with all entertainment destinations, hospitality establishments and wedding halls.

While it may be tempting to use this as the ultimate excuse to not work out, if you’re going to be working from home during this time, keeping yourself active will be key not only for your physical health, but mental health too.

Jivamukti with Dina

Amidst the gym shutdown, Dubai-based yoga teacher Dina Ghandour said she will be holding “virtual video classes” via Facebook. Dina teaches a form of yoga called Jivamukti at various locations around Dubai, but for the next two weeks will be on social media leading workouts.


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I have to say it’s been hard to hear that with studio closures I won’t be teaching yoga for the next two weeks, to do the very thing that I love and wake up every morning grateful for… but it’s what must be done. My first virtual video class will go 🔆 LIVE 🔆 today at 12pm UAE time via Facebook live, and if I’m technologically capable, insta story live too! I’ll try to put a few more up in the next two weeks, to help you all continue your SPI-RITUAL practice – moving and breathing – but from the comfort of your home. If you can’t catch it at noon it will stay up on my FB page so you can view later! Many other yoga, movement and meditation teachers in the community are doing the same so be sure to tune in and support each other! ✌🏼 See you soon pumpkins. Stay open, calm, soft and receptive. . . . #yogadubai #dubaiyoga #yogaindubai #dubai #downdog #dowarddog #liveyoga #onlineyoga #yogaonline #yogaeverywhere #yogaathome #yogalove #spiritual #yogapractice #stayconnected #yoga #yogini #yogi

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The yoga teacher held her first live class on Monday 16 March, but if you didn’t manage to catch it in the moment you can follow along anytime after, just head to Dina’s Facebook page.


She’s not alone in her efforts to keep people active, Dubai-based gym UNDERDOGBOXN has also launched their #HustleAtHome initiative for the next two weeks.

The workouts are to be streamed live on their Instagram page, but if you can’t join in live the workouts will be available for 24 hours on their stories.


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Even better, there’s no equipment required and if there is the team “will utilise things that you already have at home”.


CRANK Dubai has announced they will be releasing a series of at home ‘SHAPE & STRETCH’ classes over the next few weeks during the gym shutdown period.

Just yesterday they released a ‘SHAPE Legs and Core’ video, which will definitely get you sweating at home.


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Just because we are closed doesn’t mean you have to miss your workout👇 Over the next few weeks we will be releasing a series of at home SHAPE & STRETCH classes for you to complete.⁣ Here’s our first SHAPE Legs and Core video 🎬⁣ If you have equipment all you need is 1 dumbbell, if not then body weight is just fine.⁣ The Workout👇 ⁣ Round 1 (repeat each exercise for 1 minute x4 rounds):⁣ -Mountain climbers⁣ -Goblet Squats⁣ -Alternating reverse lunges⁣ -Cross body knee to elbow⁣ ⁣ Round 2 (repeat each exercise for 1 minute x4 rounds):⁣ -Walk out⁣ -Hip raises⁣ -Split squats (30 seconds left then right)⁣ -Bicycles⁣ ⁣ Finisher ⁣ AMRAP (4 minutes total):⁣ -10 Jump or Air Squats⁣ -10 Burpees or Half Burpee⁣ -Butterfly sit ups ⁣ ⁣ See you tomorrow CRANK Crew for an Upper Body and Core SHAPE workout 💪

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Fitness First Middle East

The folks over at Fitness First Middle East have also got you covered for at-home workouts.

Taking to Instagram, the gym chain is continuing to encourage their clients to put their “health first”.

They shared a series of exercises people can do to “stay active while you’re at home”.

Les Mills

Les Mills Middle East have revealed their “commitment” to support their partners and members through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fitness studio is offering a free digital option to enable members to stay active by working out from home.

With over 100 workouts, there’s plenty to choose from to keep busy in the sweat department at home.

Members should contact their Les Mills facility for more details on how to gain access.

If all else fails, YouTube could become your best friend for workouts. There’s thousands of fitness instructors who upload various different workouts on the platform regularly.

Here’s to putting our health first!

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