Don’t let the warmer temperatures stop you from staying fit and healthy. Here’s how to keep trim in the summer.

You may think with the onset of summer in Qatar that it is too hot/humid/Friday-ish to pursue a healthy lifestyle – but you would be wrong. With high levels of obesity, diabetes and other health concerns in the country, there is every reason to continue, or even start, enjoying some form of exercise. 

There is simply no excuse to do no activity whatsoever here! A quick look at the breadth and wealth of things to do here in our Sports Activities listings will illustrate the choices available. Maybe you’re a daredevil and wish to climb the craggy rock faces at Zekreet, or submerge yourself to the ocean floor and scuba dive around the coastline. You’ll certainly find something to keep the adrenaline pumping.

However, sometimes it’s literally the little steps that make all the difference in life. A few quick strolls can soon add up to a significant number of steps if done on a regular basis, and this is where Namat can help you.

Namat is an educational health platform developed by Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) and managed by Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital. It has been designed to focus on promoting physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle within the community.

One of their services is the Step Into Health app, a multi-functional tool designed to track a person’s number of steps, with the aim of taking the recommended 10,000 steps a day. Users can choose a route, which are in most malls as well as around Aspire Park. The routes give the average number of steps, distance and calories burned. Just don’t ruin it by stopping off for coffee and cake! 

The Namat website has a number of other services available, including personalised exercise plans, nutritional and dietary information, and children’s health programmes. 

So use these summer months wisely and keep moving! For more information, visit

Author: Sarah Palmer

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