The results are in! The Dubai Fitness Challenge, held throughout October and November, has exceeded targets and surpassed expectations. The Dubai Fitness Challenge took place over the course of a month and saw 90% of participants engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. This is a lot more than expected.
The Dubai Fitness Challenge Succeeds
The Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) was launched in October by Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as a way to promote a healthier lifestyle. It encouraged Dubai residents to commit to 30 minutes of exercise, every day, for 30 days.
Dubai Tourism has revealed that over 786,000 people registered to take part in the challenge, despite officials only expecting 100,000 people to do so. Results also showed that a lot of people attending the challenge’s events were not registered as participants, so the actual amount could be a lot higher.
To encourage people to take part in the Dubai Fitness Challenge, a number of free sports events were held. This included 1,500 free exercise classes, pop up gym sessions, fitness carnivals and support from trainers. There were also a number of fitness tips from international experts.
Of those who registered in the challenge, close to half were from schools and this highlights how many children were involved. There was also a high turn out from corporations and government entities. Additionally, 45% of those involved were female, a percentage that’s a lot higher in proportion to the general population of Dubai.
Registered participants in the challenge varied in terms of physical health and activity. It also showed that the challenge encouraged others to stay active after the challenge had ended; a survey conducted beforehand showed 57% of participants were very active, whereas afterwards this percentage increased to 71%. The challenge also resulted in a lot of people doing more routine day activity, such as walking and standing for more than one hour.