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Hip Hangouts: Banish the bulge in 2013

A pick of places in the emirates where you can cut the fat

Full-Moon Yoga
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Full-Moon Yoga on Mina A’Salam beach, near the watersports deck.

Madinat Jumeirah

Why go?

1. If the thought of doing the downward dog in a crowded studio, with a few too many upward bums distorting your view, fails to inspire, ditch your regular class and opt instead for Full-Moon Yoga on Mina A’Salam beach, near the watersports deck.

2. Held once a month by the Talisa Spa, experienced instructors do all the usual stretching, with a focus on controlled breathing and meditation. The perfect way to wind down after the party season and kick-start your New Year weightloss regime, we’ll definitely be taking a spot.

3. In addition to the fact that “Off for a spot of full-moon yoga” is an awesome Facebook update, these sessions are a fantastic way to improve blood circulation. To top it off, you get to soak in the tranquillity of the Arabian Gulf as you ‘ohm’. What more could you want? Cost Dh99

Madinat Jumeirah
From 7.30pm, Friday December 28
04 366 6818

A Call to Arms

So, everybody knows that arms are the new legs of the red carpet, but the question is, how do you get perfectly sculpted limbs à la Cameron, Jennifer and Rihanna? Simple: Paddle boarding. The fashionable sport is beloved by the A-list as it’s the perfect way to keep bingo wings at bay. Prepare to pop those elbows because Surf Dubai runs group and private classes seven days a week (conditions permitting) and will tailor timings to suit. Cost From Dh150

Surf Dubai, Umm Suqeim 3
6am-7pm, daily

Run This City

The Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon is less than a month away but if you’re not quite ready to take on a gruelling 42km run (the scene team are breaking out in a sweat just thinking about it) but fancy building up your distances, we recommend you check out Nike+ Run Clubs. Free to join, open to runners of all levels and taking place throughout the UAE, the classes run on four days a week.

AUD Corniche, Downtown Dubai, JBR, Safa Park
Between 6.45am-7.45am Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays

Come fly with me

Word on the street is that Katie Holmes got her ‘revenge body’ in shape with a good ride, ahem, of the stationary bicycle kind. The slim-limbed celebu-mom took up spinning as a way to slim down following her split from ex hubby Tom. If the Christmas indulgence has left you unable to squeeze into your skinny jeans, book in for some classes at Flywheel, a studio dedicated to spinning, but with a dog-eat-dog element to it. In addition to the usual cardiokilling session, you’re also faced with a competitive component as there’s a scoreboard that shows your progress. Cost From Dh110 for one class

Bur Views Downtown
6am-8pm, daily