Going to the gym may be overwhelming for some. All of these machines and equipment can look quite scary. However, if you’re new to Abu Dhabi and have a lot of city exploring to do, you may want to look for a place to work out outdoors. Abu Dhabi has a lot of outdoor spaces which are perfect for exercising. Read on to find out more.
Al Wathba Cycle Track
Cycling is one of the best cardio exercises. It is low impact, fun and you can control the intensity of the workout. If you want to try out cycling outside you should visit Al Wathba cycle track. It is situated near the camel-racing track which is also something you may want to see before or after your workout. The nature surrounding it is wonderful, the sand dunes in the background make it picturesque. This track is also very versatile. You can opt for a leisurely eight kilometre track or if you want something more challenging you can go for the thirty kilometre loop. No matter which of these options suits you best, it is sure that working out on this beautiful track will be one of the most beautiful experiences you’ll have in Abu Dhabi.
Umm Al Emarat Park (Mushriff Central Park)
Whether you like doing yoga, curating your own workouts or you’d rather opt to hire a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi, this park is the perfect backdrop for any physical activity. It is a stunning mix of modern art and nature. Having a big stretch of fresh green grass, it is one of the best places in the city for doing what you love. Also, this park is constantly full of people working out so you may even meet some new friends that you have common interests with. Maybe next time you won’t have to go there alone.
The Galleria Al Maryah Island
If you like yoga, but you’re on a budget you may want to visit one of the most popular shopping malls in the city. No, not to shop for cheap equipment but to take part in free outdoor yoga sessions at the Sky Park at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. The sessions take place on the rooftop of this beautiful building. You can enjoy a yoga session while looking at Abu Dhabi’s impressive skyline. However, even though the classes are free, you are required to bring your own water bottle and a yoga mat.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
If you’d like to work out next to the sea, the iconic Abu Dhabi Corniche is a place for you. Perfect for all kinds of activities such as walking, jogging, roller-skating or cycling, it provides a gorgeous backdrop for everyone who’d like to immerse themselves in nature. It is also busy with other people working out making it a great place of motivation. If you’re apprehensive about taking up jogging alone you may want to join a running group. Next to the Corniche there are green surfaces so you can do some stretching there before and after your workout, or you may do the entire workout on the grass. The choice is yours to make!
Yas Marina Circuit
This venue is famous for being the house of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. However, you don’t have to be a formula one driver to have access to this beautiful open space. If you love biking you can take advantage of these long famous routes. Don’t forget to look at the schedule for the openings. If you’re a woman you may want to look into only ladies time slots, but of course they offer mixed rides as well.