A fun activity for the whole family is to go down to the Museum of Islamic Art Park and rent a paddle boat for QR25 (per half-hour) and head out into the wild blue yonder. The waters are calm and life jackets are available, as well as trained staff on hand. They’re available from noon until it begins to go dark.
Along the Corniche and dotted around Aspire Park (Al Waab) you’ll fi nd stationary bikes that you can do a little impromptu spinning on. Alternatively, bikes are available from 10.30am-5pm for QR25 per hour at the MIA Park for use within their perimeters. Walk, jog, run The track around Aspire Zone is perfect for a leisurely stroll or more determined sprint. Otherwise, a trip down the Corniche provides plenty of opportunity
for good exercise and offers stunning views of the sea. The fact that so many other people are out exercising this way, too, gives you a motivational boost.
A fun way to work out and develop some skills is through bowling. The Qatar Bowling Centre, on Al Bidda Street, offers game for QR8 each from 9am-4pm and then afterwards for QR15 until midnight every single day. Call 4432 9140.
A particularly good one for the kids is ice skating but can be enjoyed by anyone who’s interested in a glide. Over at Gondolania in Villaggio Mall their Olympic sized rink offers sessions of one hour and 45 minutes for
QR30 on weekdays or QR35 on weekends in blocks from 10am-9pm every day.
Call 4403 9888.
There are thousands of DVDs to choose from, with plenty available free on YouTube, but one we’d recommend was made by UAE-based Australian Laura Kate. It combines body resistance, dynamic movement,
fitball and balance to provide a fat-busting workout that has proven extremely popular. Download it for a one-off fee of approximately QR50.
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