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5 healthy things to do this weekend

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Start your weekend with a beach hike led by Lisa from Gulf 4 Good, a charity organisation that aims to inspire participants to take part in challenge events in support of various charities. Enjoy the fresh morning air and great company as you hike 13 kilometres along Jumeirah Beach from Jumeirah Beach Hotel to Dubai Marine Hotel. You can do the whole walk, or catch a taxi by the road at any point along the way. Friday, 6am to 9am, free, meet at the start of the beach track at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, register at 04 368 0222, [email protected]

Attend the Body Awareness and Alignment workshop led by Maria at Bodytree Studio. Learn to release unnecessary tension in the neck and shoulders, breathe for maximum oxygenation and align the upper-body bones. Find out how to apply mindfulness to other activities, such as Pilates, yoga and weight training and reduce your risk of injury. Saturday, 4pm to 6pm, Dh200, Bodytree Studio, Abu Dhabi, 02 443 4448, [email protected]

Take part in Dubai’s 8th Annual Camelicious Global Autism Awareness Festival and Walk to raise awareness for autism spectrum disorders. The 3km walk and fair includes live music, kids’ activities, food and more. Saturday, 5pm to 9pm, free entry, Zabeel Park, Dubai, register at www.walkforautismdubai.com

Get ready for summer with a new series of free fitness classes at Boxpark presented by Fitness First. Classes are led by fitness experts and include Zumba, the Latin-music-inspired dance class; Body Attack high-intensity interval training, and chilled-out morning yoga. Then refuel with a healthy bite at Markette, where participants can enjoy a healthy breakfast or tropical smoothie bowl with fresh juice for Dh54. Classes start Saturday and run weekly on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays until May 31, 8.30am to 9.30am; Markette breakfast offer for Fitness First activity participants available 8am to 1pm, free, between Bianca and Markette, Boxpark, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, www.boxpark.ae

Register to take part in a 5km walk in support of mental health awareness. Darkness Into Light is a worldwide event in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation, which is dedicated to transforming lives through medical education and research. The walk will begin in the dark in the early morning and will continue as the sun rises, in a symbol of hope by a supportive community for those struggling with mental illness. May 6, 4.30am, Dh96, meets at the St Regis Abu Dhabi Nation Riviera Beach Club, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/darknessintolightabudhabi

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