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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 20 June 2018

First day of Dubai Fitness Challenge: we accept!

UAE residents pledge to exercise 30 minutes a day for 30 days: here's how to get involved

Dubai resident tests out the rope and zipline obstacles at the Aventura nature adventure park, as Mushrif Park in Dubai. Satish Kumar / The National
Dubai resident tests out the rope and zipline obstacles at the Aventura nature adventure park, as Mushrif Park in Dubai. Satish Kumar / The National

The Dubai Fitness Challenge kicked off in Safa Park on Friday afternoon, but residents of the UAE took it far beyond, pledging to exercise 30 minutes a day for 30 days, in all sorts of places and in all sorts of ways.

The activity spilled over onto social media, where companies and government departments had fun taking up the challenge.

Residents also got in on the action with pledges of their own, running, cycling and practising yoga:

In a bid to make the emirate "the most active city" in the world, the challenge was issued by Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed earlier this month.

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Residents can take up the challenge from October 20 until November 18, participating in weekend fitness carnivals and posting their activities on social media.

The Dubai Fitness Challenge App, offered as a free download through the Apple App store or Google Play, includes information about free classes and a daily fitness tracker for the month.

Now stop reading this and get moving for at least 30 minutes!