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We are hoping to host our annual Sports Day events across the various phases in the school this week, as it will link with National Sports Day on Tuesday. Considering the weather forecast, it is likely that some or all of the scheduled Sports Days will be postponed until next week due to the upcoming rain. Should this occur, we will inform you via e-mail and Facebook posts. Lessons will run as normal.
Being new to Qatar, I was pleasantly surprised to hear about Qatar’s National Sports Day. I encourage all of the NAISAK community to be active and mindful of your diet not only on Tuesday but as part of your regular daily routines.
Whilst travelling around Africa during a sabbatical, I lived a much healthier lifestyle than what I had been accustomed to whilst being a Secondary Headteacher in Cairo. It felt great and I managed to lose 15 kgs in the process. However, as my ‘to do’ list at work becomes longer and the demands of work increase in Al Khor, I have noticed that I am exercising less, which is a shame as I know that I work and sleep more efficiently when I manage to exercise 3 to 4 times per week. Managing work-life balance has always been a challenge for me.
Following my sabbatical, I trained for the Dead Sea Ultra-Marathon for the past two years, which helped to provide me with a goal to work towards and ensured I adhered to an exercise routine whilst working. Despite being a very slow runner, I managed to improve on my times and log some runs, which were my personal best, even if they were quite unimpressive when compared to others’ timings.
Bearing this in mind, I am going to use National Sports Day as a motivator to re-establish an exercise routine involving a mix of cross-training and jogging, so I can hopefully improve my level of fitness. Please feel free to read this link for advice on staying motivated to exercise: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/habits-of-effective-exercisers/
If you are not as active as you would like to be, I hope you will consider joining me in this challenge, irrespective of your current level of fitness (or lack thereof). After all, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind!