Deb’s Diary ∼ When, where, how and why must I switch on and switch off?

By Debbie RogersIn our last issue, Ishita and I committed to making changes to our lifestyles and to sharing those changes with you both here in the magazine and through our personal social media channels and blogs. FoodeMag brings us together in a way in which we can celebrate our shared passions, but also maximize on our differences and use them in a way which builds on our strengths and weaknesses. Yes, I know, nobody wants to admit they have weaknesses, but we all do, or should I say we have ‘areas’ we would like to improve. Here’s the story of my incredible experience with Switch DXB. 

 


When, where, how and why must I switch on and switch off?

Almost at the same time we launched the new Wellness section of FoodeMag dxb, I won a place on an exciting twelve-week programme called Switch 360. The programme is operated by Switch DXB and over the course of the twelve-week program, four individuals, including myself, are learning how we can live better lives by Switching On (physical exercise and increased knowledge about ourselves) and Switching Off (more about relaxing and recovery).

From the moment, I saw the competition and read more about it, I felt that this was a programme for me and after passing a few selection activities I’m pleased to say that I’m now part of the Switch 360 team. Check out my Instagram page for details on some of the things we’ve been doing as well as my new YouTube channel.

There are a lot of parallels between the intentions of Switch DXB and our current wellness campaign #BringBackBalance with both focussing on not having to live at extremes, but instead reaching a level of balance and awareness which works for us.

Eight Weeks In

Over the last eight weeks I’ve learnt much more about myself through a battery of testing and assessments.  I know all about my DNA through a DNA Assessment, I’ve spent time talking to a nutritionist and life coach and taken a good look at myself and my goals. I’ve learn about how my body moves and functions, what it is composed of and how it performs when training.

Switch On

I’ve become much more physically active too and have taken part in various boot camps, trampoline fitness classes and HIIT classes (High Intensity Interval Training).

Switch Off

I’ve taken part in Yoga classes and learned how to Meditate and be more present. I’ve swung my first ever Golf club and learned how to do Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga.

I’ve done a hypnotherapy session to aid sleep and learned how to rest and recover as well as to train hard.

Diet & Nutrition

I’ve learnt more about my nutrition, both in terms of having my food delivered and fully customised to me, as well as learning how to buy and cook delicious healthy meals at home.

Psst … I’m still honing in my skills on eating out and making better choices (with the odd indulgence), since that’s a bit part of my job too.

Exhausted by what you’ve read? I am! Essentially, we have been doing some sort of activity six days a week and it’s been hard work but fun, and extremely rewarding. There are still a few more weeks of the programme to come and honestly, I will be sad when it finishes.

What I do know is that I’ve begun to make lasting changes to my life which I want to continue, and hope to inspire you to make them too. After all, if I can do this aged 50, then you can too!

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Working out at the gym in my building after far too long and feeling it! But a ‘hearty’ protein breakfast delivered by Pura is helping keep me on track.


Each meal from Pura is personalized to my requirements, in this case to lose fat, lose weight and gain muscle. Each meal comes with a portion of protein, carbs and fat all based on the macros my body needs.


“Leave your ego at the door” – great advice from the Yoga teacher. Yoga on the pool deck in Four Seasons DIFC was one of our #SwitchOff activities and I almost got to feel very Zen!


Functional Movement Assessment at The Burj Club – one of the important activities at the start of the program to learn about how we move. Learning about this at the beginning leads to increased awareness for the trainer and equally a reduction in injuries.


Bounce! I thought this would be a sizzle, just jumping around a bit “how hard can it be I thought” – Very hard is the answer! We took part in five Bounce Fit classes which are based on HiiT (High Intensity Interval Training). Tough, fun, energizing and an absolutely calorie/fat blaster.


Another favorite! Bootcamp with KO8 and XRig. There’s something quite special about working outside in the fresh air and the open area next to SkyDive is amazing for that. Both partners encourage training wherever you want. XRig have a portable rig which can be used for exercise virtually anywhere and K08 have an amazing piece of kit which hooks onto a rig, tree, lamppost, door etc which literally allows you to train anywhere! Do try it out, it’s hard work, fun and gets results. In fact I’m still doing KO8 bootcamp after the program has finished.


This is the only class where I managed to do a Live Facebook feed whilst exercising! But don’t be fooled Aquafit is a really good workout. Inside the pod is a spin bike and just out of shot a TV and my own sound system. I burnt 1000 calories during an hour workout. It’s low impact too.


Yoga on a StandUP Paddle Board – yes you read that right! An amazing way to #SwitchOff with Sea You at Sofitel the Palm. This is a perfect way to relax and get a workout too.


Assessing my range of movements (or not) at The Burj Club. Here I’m having my technique corrected. Correct technique reduces injuries and improves your workout, although it may not feel it at the time.


Debbie quips in: On average, it takes more than two months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact!*

I always thought it took thirty days to make a change of a habit, but the quote above says it takes a bit longer and strangely enough, literally nine weeks into the program (sixty three days), I recorded a YouTube video saying that I was now missing training as it had become part of my daily routine!

*Source : Phillippa Lally – Researcher of Health Psychology at University College London. In a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology

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What is Switch360?

How does Switch360 from Switch DXB work?

Out of hundreds of applicants, four people were chosen to take on the Switch360 challenge with a 12-week program that will see them learn about their body and their mind, set performance goals, try new exercises and fitness activities, take part in relaxation and recovery exercises, learn about nutrition and make marginal gains, leading to a better, happier life. Over the course of the 12-week challenge, the Switch360 participants have a dedicated Switch Coach who guides them through the process, supporting them with their Switch On & Switch Off activities.

Since 19 February 2017, the Switch360 participants have been taking part in six weekly activities, five days during the week and one activity at the weekend, documenting their journey online.

For more info: www.switchdxb.com

[Exclusive images by Debbie Rogers & Switch DXB]

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