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The Best Ways To Relax in Abu Dhabi
Posted on Jan 07, 2014 by Luke James
Life can be stressful. There’s no other way to put it, but there are a number of things you can do to help you relax. These proven stress relievers will help you relax, and maintain a healthier body and mind.
Stress can be very good for us. It activates our fight or flight response and can assist with productivity and meeting daily challenges. There is, however, a darker side to stress. Acute and prolonged stress can have a range of negative health effects such as diabetes, anxiety, irritability, heart disease and headaches. If your hectic lifestyle has got you stressed out, there are plenty of activities in Abu Dhabi that can help bring you back into balance.
Walk It Off On The Corniche
To shake off the holiday pounds or the worries from your mind, go for a relaxing walk, jog or ride along the beautiful Abu Dhabi Corniche. The 8-kilometre stretch of manicured waterfront snakes along Corniche Road from the Emirates Palace to the Sheraton Abu Dhabi resort.
It is little wonder that a wander along this picturesque walk is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the city. The crystal clear azure waters of the Persian Gulf extend on one side whilst the spectacular cityscape juts skywards on the other. The waters are always calm due to the manmade Lulu Island, and there are plenty of lifeguards around for anyone hoping to have a dip.
The best time to experience the Corniche is during the late afternoon. From November through until March the Corniche can be enjoyed all day, but the oppressive heat of the sun can make visiting during the summer months uncomfortable. If you need a break from your walk, be sure to stop in at one of the numerous cafes and restaurants to watch the sun slip over the horizon; definitely one of the must do activities for anyone visiting or living in Abu Dhabi.
Have A Laugh At A Comedy Show
It has long been said that laughter is the best medicine, but there is now a substantial body of scientific research that backs up this claim. A gut busting laugh can relieve physical tension and can leave muscles relaxed for anywhere up to 45 minutes afterwards. It boost the immune system, protects the heart and triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s feel good chemicals.
Established in 2009 The Laughter Factory is one of the longest running comedy events in the UAE, and put on regular performances in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. With a range of local and international comedians, there is sure to be something to tickle your funny bone and give you something to laugh about, relieving stress and making for a fun night out.
Take It To The Golf Course
If taking it to the links is your ideal way to unwind, Abu Dhabi has one of the best golf courses in the world to swing away your stresses. Long lauded as a way to relax the mind and enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer, golf allows you to step outside your daily concerns.
Set amongst the rolling hills and mangrove plantations of Yas Island lies Yas Links Abu Dhabi, the first Links golf course in the Middle East region and regularly voted the best course in the area. Kyle Phillips shaped nearly 2 miles of coastline to create this challenging 18 hole championship course, which took over three years to complete. The club features a range of excellent facilities including a golf academy, pitching green, putting green, bar, restaurant and driving range. Because nothing quite takes the edge off a stressful day at the office like pelting a bunch of balls as far as you can smash them.
Melt Away Your Stresses In A Day Spa
For the ultimate in indulgence, it’s difficult to look past the Anatara Spa at the Emirates Palace. The intricately sculptured décor of the resort is set amongst 100 acres of beautifully landscaped parks to create a truly captivating experience. Drawing influence from the Turkish Hammams, the Anatara Spa is decked out in swathes of opulent marble with soaring domes, dramatic arches and an abundance of natural light. This space is truly the embodiment of luxury and hedonism.
Allow your stresses to melt away as you ease yourself into the signature treatments at the spa, comprising of a range of beautifying therapies, scrubs and wraps to soothe the body and soul. Rejuvenate with massages and cleanse using gentle steam treatment to come out feeling reinvigourated and as good as new.
Meditate Away Your Woes
Anyone that meditates regularly can tell you about the benefits to the body and mind of this ancient art. Meditation has been used by yogis for centuries but has only recently become more popular across the globe, but don’t think it’s just for the dreadlocked or lycra clad.Anyone can enjoy the benefits of meditation.
There have now been numerous studies showing that meditation can lead to stronger immunity, increased fertility, lowered blood pressure and an improved feeling of calmness. The overall goal of meditation is to slow down and eventually stop the incessant activity of our minds. So no matter whether you've meditated in the past or are simply curious and want to learn more, the classes at Sahaja Yoga are designed to be accessible for all skill levels and are a great way to help you mellow out your mood.
Relieve Your Stresses With Hilot Massage
The daily stresses of life tend to take their toll on us physically, so if your body is all tied up and full of knots then a Filipino Hilot massage may be the answer. The ancient Filipino art of healing known as Hilot employs chiropractic manipulation and massage in order to help relax stressed muscles.
Place yourself in the capable hands of the Shanri-La Hotel's trained therapists and allow them to knead and massage your stresses away whilst utilizing hot banana leaves and warm coconut oil to soothe any pains from aching limbs.
Stretch Yourself With Yoga
Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching, controlled breathing and relaxation techniques to help achieve peacefulness of body and mind. Not only is it a great way to fight stress but it is an excellent way to keep you fit and healthy. Regular practice of yoga can assist with improved balance, flexibility and core strength, making you less susceptible to other injuries.
Regular classes are held at the Eden Studio at Le Meridien Abu Dhabi, and their professional trainers and teachers are well equipped to help guide you into a healthier lifestyle and empower every aspect of your mind and body.
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