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Top Kids’ Health and Fitness Clubs in Dubai
Posted on Apr 05, 2013 by Luke James
With incidences of childhood obesity rising, the need for children to get sufficient exercise is of increasing importance. We look at some of the best gyms and health clubs for children in Dubai.
Obesity has emerged as one of the most serious public health challenges of this century. The problem is global and whilst originally considered a first world affliction, is steadily affecting many low and middle income countries, most particularly in urban settings. The United Arab Emirates is not insulated from this either with one study reporting over 30 per cent of schoolchildren in the UAE being overweight or obese.
Lifestyle patterns that lead to weight gain are often cemented from an early age. Overweight and obese children are likely to stay overweight into adulthood and are statically more likely to develop a range of non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. The fundamental cause of childhood weight gain and obesity is an imbalance between the number of calories consumed and calories burnt. Whilst the importance of consumption of healthy, nutritious food cannot be overemphasized, getting adequate physical exercise is an important part of maintaining healthy lifestyle habits.
Physical activity has been correlated with a host of positive effects in both children and adults. There are a huge range of benefits that children that exercise regularly enjoy:
- Stronger lungs and heart – Exercise improves lung and heart function for increased energy and endurance. Furthermore it decreases the likelihood of developing diabetes, coronary heart disease or high blood pressure.
- Bones and muscles – Exercise strengthens and stretches muscles and helps develop stronger bones.
- Reflexes and coordination – Kids who exercise are able to develop more highly developed reflexes and coordination helping in a range of day to day tasks.
- Weight – exercise burns calories which helps to maintain a healthy body weight.
Beyond the physical benefits to the body, regular exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on the mind, assisting in maintaining concentration levels, helping some people sleep better and even helping people that suffer from mild depression and low self-esteem.
With the benefits of regular exercise clearly not in dispute, we’ll look into some of the best kids’ fitness centres in Dubai:
520 Jumeira Beach Rd.
Jumeira 3, PO BOX 214839
Having an international network of more than 270 locations across 30 countries My Gym offers a wide range of programs for children aged from 6 weeks to 13 years old. Classes are developed through intensive physiological, psychological and sociological research, along with decades of hands-on experience by hundreds of My Gym child and fitness experts. With an emphasis on creating a non-competitive, nurturing experience, My Gym aims to instil a greater level of confidence and self-esteem through their programs for children of all ages.
Suite No. M-18 Al Dana Center, Al Maktoum Street,
With an emphasis on martial arts, UFS Ultimate Fitness Services provides a unique exercise program for children. They are able to choose from a variety of programmes including basic martial arts, karate, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and boxing. Beyond simply providing an improvement in children’s physical health, the classes offered assists in the development of children’s mental and social functioning and helps children achieve discipline in other aspects of their lives.
Dubai Silicon Oasis,
Cedre Shopping Centre,
A relatively new inclusion to the world class facilities offered by Fitness 4 Life, the Kids Club has been developed to give the family community of Silicon Oasis and surrounding areas a space for their children to participate in a range of sports and activities in a safe, fun, friendly and professional environment. With 30 hours of sessions per week there are a huge range of sports and activities available for children ranging from football club, basketball, gymnastics, tennis, swimming, as well as ballet and dance classes.
Kidville JBR - The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
Kidville MotorCity - Foxhill 9 (near Party World), Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
Kidville Mirdiff – Uptown Mirdiff Grand Piazza (near Spinneys), Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Kidville’s goal is to make the lives of families with young children better and easier “by providing a fun, safe and clean environment for children to learn, play and grow.” With established centres in Canada, Egypt, Hong Kong, India and the United States they have a wealth of experience in providing a range of creative classes for kids. A team of childhood development specialists have formulated a range of classes encompassing not just physical activities but classes in music and dance, cooking, art and more for newborns through to children up to 6 years old.
Kidville centres have an impressive range of facilities has a host of action packed equipment like rock walls to climb, uneven bars to swing on, giant trampolines, balance beams and soft padded tumbling mats, perfect for active tykes to burn off any excess energy.
The Little Gym
IBN Battuta Mall, Persia Court
With more than 300 locations across 25 countries, The Little Gym has amassed a wealth of experience in providing learning and development classes for kids aged four months through 12 years. Each week, progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment create opportunities for children to try new things and build self-confidence.
The Little Gym of IBM Battuta offers a diverse line-up of Core Season and Summer Session programs filled with movement, music, learning and laughter. From week to week and from year to year their age-appropriate curriculum is designed to facilitate ongoing skill development and maximum fun. Dubai children progress at their own pace, developing their confidence as they develop their skills.