5 ways to burn your Iftar calories

A look at how you can tackle those extra pounds put on during Ramadan
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Cycle your way through Al Qudra Track

\n\nGrab your bike and make your way down to Al Qudra Desert. If you don’t have one, no problem, Trek UAE bike shop is available at the halfway point of the track for bike, helmet and light rentals (needed after sun-down). Situated not far from Arabian Ranches, this 86 km track is popular among both professionals and novices. While cycling down the track, you are sure to be treated to exquisite views of Dubai’s gold sand dunes and a rare glimpse of its wildlife from camels to horses passing by. You’ll be able to burn up to 500 calories per hour.
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Take an indoor fitness class

\n\nTake a break from the heat, grab a towel, and explore Dubai’s extensive selection of fitness classes. Take a rowing fitness class to exercise your stomach and arms, or go for an even more refreshing way to beat the heat and try aqua circuit training combining biking, boxing and jumping all under water. Try out the GRIT series, an action-packed 30-minutes full of squats, jumps, push-ups, and weight-lifting. You’ll be able to burn up to 600 calories or more per class. For any of these activities make sure to check out FitnessFirst, The Warehouse Gym, or A-Tone Fitness Lounge.
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Take a dance class

\n\nLearn the salsa, bachata, and tango to shed those calories. If the Latin classes don’t’ cater to your preference, go for the hip-hop, belly-dancing or regular zumba classes. Either way, you are sure to let go of those calories. Salsa dancing can get you to burn over 400 calories within an hour while hip-hop can reach up to 500. With an eclectic variety of dance academies, there will always to be a suitable timing to choose from. Visit Tempo dance academy, James & Alex dance studios, or Dance Fit.
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Have a stroll along Dubai Water Canal

\n\nDon’t fancy the rigorous amounts of exercise? Go for a stroll instead along Dubai’s Canal boardwalk. With a superb view of the skyline and the fluttering lights reflecting off the water, it will surely be a pleasing view to the eye. Park at the RTA designated area near the W Hotel and make your way to the beginning of the canal by the waterfall opening at 8 pm. A slow walk will burn 255 calories per hour. If substituted for a power walk, it may burn up to 340 calories per hour.
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Golf at Emirates Golf Club

\n\nFor a more relaxing method of burning calories, grab a few friends and head down to the golf course at Emirates Hills. Open until 10 pm you’ll be sure to get a few holes in after Iftar time to shed those calories. As an 18 hole course, it is considered one of the finest golf courses in the UAE. Golfing and carrying your own clubs will burn approximately 400 calories per hour.
Tue 20 Jun 2017 11:49 AM GST
By Alia Abouraya