We are well into the last quarter and last chance to meet our yearly targets, an ideal way to de-stress is to work-out


If like me, you hate working out, you won’t be a member of a gym, and can hardly figure out where you will get the time.  Don’t despair though. Tala Al Ejou, the remarkable  Personal Trainer, running coach, creator of Run Wild, Run Free and the newest ambassador to join lululemon has shared her 5 tips on how you can enjoy running, get the body you have always wanted and de stress in time for the festive season.

 Take it slow


Start off slow, get a good base first before deciding to run 10km and hating the whole experience. You know your own body! Like everything in fitness it takes time, so have some patience, and let your body adapt to running and over time as you get fitter.  Soon you will notice that those 10 min runs you started off with, will turn into easy 30 minutes runs.

Run by time and not distance


This is so you don’t scare yourself before you have begun.  It sounds less intimidating to go out and run for 30 minutes, then it is to go out and run 5km. Running a distance sets too much pressure to get to that distance done , while running by a set time, you enjoy the experience more and when that time is up, your run is over.  Check out the app Couch to 5k to help you with this. You can download it from both Apple and Google.

Be comfortable


You wouldn’t want to go to a big meeting with your bank manager in your sweaty work out gear, and you shouldn’t want to run with a pair of uncomfortable shoes as there nothing worse than starting off your first time running with terrible blisters. Find the right pair, that fit you, not because someone told you how amazing their shoes are. We all have different foot morphology and running styles, so find the best shoe for you.  If you happen to be travelling, you may be able to find a store that will analyse your running gate to determine the best shoe that fits.

Don’t be a loner


Find a running community or run club that fits in with that you are trying to achieve. Dubai is an amazing place, with a wide variety of running clubs that cater to all levels. Running with people is what one of the best motivations to keep you going throughout a run, it holds you accountable, and they’ll push you through those days you don’t want to run.

 Small goals first

Don’t sign up for a half marathon, before you have even run a 10km race. Start slow, enjoy the experience, and the increase in mileage.. Once that all comes into place, sign up to races, have fun, then start to set some goals and targets.