It might be baking outside, but the fight againt fat does not stop. We give you 10 ways to beat the bulge
Time Out Bahrain staff
A night out at the bowling alley is practically the same as a night out at the gym. There’s the bending and stretching to pop on those fetching little booties they require you to wear. Then there’s the dumb-bells, or in this case lifting a bucket of pop corn and a gallon of coke between the sweet stand and the nearest free table. Finally, there’s that tough finger workout you have to do, when you lift one of the ten tonne balls with just three little digits. Making bowling pretty good training for a triathlon, and yet infinitely more preferable. Awali Bowling Centre is one of the best places to head to keep fit. For more information, call 17 753 666.
You might be sat down for the duration of a horse riding session, but think about it: when did you last see a fat jockey? Horse riding is a bit like those belt machines that you put around your butt and which apparently shake the fat off you. It’s the same principle on a horse – the more it jumps around the more calories you bounce off. Check out the Dilmun Club Stables near Saar: 17 693 766.
Summer-phobe? Pretend you live in the Arctic Circle by heading to Funland Centre on the Corniche near the Marina Club, where there is a small and functional ice rink. Shoe hire is included in the BD3 price tag, for two hours of skating. Sure, you’re not going to lose your massive gut, but you might tone up your ankles. Call 17 292 313 for more information.
Stephen Hendry. Steve Davis. Ronnie O’Sullivan. Snooker greats, all of them. And all of them skinny. A game of snooker or pool might not seem like a aerobics class, but with all that reaching over the table, carrying the cue, and searching for the balls after you have smashed them off the table, through the window and down the road all can take its toll on your fat content. Jimmy’s Snooker & Billiard Club in Adliya: 17 716 147.
Unfit? Angry? Kill two birds with one massive kick by training to be a martial arts master. With everything from Tae kwon do and karate to Akido catering to a huge following, most martial arts are practised in air conditioned facilities, making them the perfect summer get fit quick treatment. For a complete list, check the sports listings overleaf.
Sure, the heat of the midday sun won’t lure everyone (bar mad dogs and Englishmen) onto the city streets, but for those prepared to get up at 5am and those with reflective clothing, the corniche both along Bahrain Island and Muharraq provides a pretty spectacular backdrop for those looking to pound off those pounds. If you lack motivation running solo, hook up with the Bahrain Road Runners, one of the country’s most active sports organisations, who can be found racing each other right through the summer. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
With all the furore over the advent of the World Cup, it can be easy to forget that the world’s top tennis tournament, Wimbledon, is in full swing. Get out your racquet and practise your top spin at one of the numerous tennis courts in the Kingdom.
Yep, holding onto the back of an inflatable banana doesn’t in theory seem comparable to the same length of time on the peck deck, but water sports can be a great way to stay fit and, thanks to the relatively cool Arabian Gulf, is a good way to beat the summer heat. One of the best places to get into the water is at Coral Beach Club, which has one of the best equipped water sports clubs in the country. Call 17 312 700
There are two types of sailing. The first version requires a yacht as big as Muharraq, fully staffed, and with plenty of places for you to lie down. Sadly, this version is not going to get you into the shape of your life. The other type of sailing involves sails, ropes, knots, and hanging over the side of the vessel pretending to be a rudder. Some people love doing this sort of thing. Others see is as a huge waste of effort and can’t understand how it managed to survive the advent of the speed boat. If you are one of the former, then you’ll want to be signing up for sailing lessons and booking out a boat at one of Bahrain’s top sailing clubs. Bahrain Yacht Club (17 700 677), Bahrain Sailing Club (17 836 078) and Coral Beach Club (17 312 700) are great options.
In Europe, table tennis is most often played by bored children who have been dragged on some hideous Euro Camp vacation in France, and have little else to do but play ping pong. In Asia, he who rules the table tennis table, rules the world. Being in the Middle East, Bahrain sits between the two, and the sport is played both for pleasure and for prestige, and there is a pretty vibrant table tennis scene in the Kingdom. The best place to play is on the tables located in the Golden Tulip Hotel in central Manama (17 535 000)