After our wardrobe was no longer proving forgiving and, quite frankly, we had ran out of excuses to not exercise whilst waiting for that overnight miracle, we decided to visit Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. FACT reveals all…

I sat in the carpark, absolutely terrified. My palms were sweaty, my heart was racing, my brain was going crazy. After ten minutes, I finally mustered up some courage, yelled at myself, got out of the car and made use of the valet parking 0 probably just as well or I may have turned back and walked through the double doors. I was getting ready to try something I had always wanted to do but had been too scared. I attended my initial health assessment/bespoke personal training session and an hour later, I left a sweaty mess…a sweaty mess with a giant smile on my face.

After too many deliveries from Talabat and falling hook, line and sinker to the infamous ‘expat gain’ I decided to take the plunge in the hope of shedding my muffin top. It is said that the hardest part is just getting started, and that is definitely the case for me. When I decided that I wanted to be healthier and lose weight, I knew that exercise was a big part of that. I just didn’t know where to start.

The measurements came out and I was literally measured from head-to-toe, it wasn’t intrusive in the slightest and it concreted my will of wanting to lose those extra inches that I’d allowed myself to bypass for so long. We discussed my diet and my need for water. It was very educational and simplistic – they don’t expect you to overhaul your regime overnight – but rather refreshingly realistic. I left the room thinking, no, knowing that I could do this. I was escorted over to the treadmill for an initial warm up before my personal training session. Now, I’m not going to lie to you as this isn’t a walk in the park, but, it was a lot of fun!

Fitted with the latest in fitness machinery, used by athletes and celebrities alike, and for those interested in losing weight and building muscle, this gym provides you with everything that you need to accelerate your workout. Perfect for us ladies on the go when our time is precious. I’ve found that the personal trainers here are very supportive and adapt to your capabilities with the right amount of ‘pushing’ to enhance your workout.

I have collected a variety of lumps and bump over the years and none more than the dreaded orange-peel effect that has currently taken residence across my lower body. This is where a bespoke massage comes to the rescue! I found that this was exactly the tonic that I needed after my one-on-one session, where I had pleasantly discovered that I was still very flexible but also a bit sore. Prior to my massage I enjoyed the steam room that was decked out with individual seats to allow for optimum comfort. During treatment, my body was soothed in a meticulous fashion consisting of a variety of structured strokes. Simultaneously, my therapist worked away on the cellulite-affected areas. The technique involved
promotes blood and oxygen to cellulite-afflicted areas of the skin, after which fluids from the cells are removed during urination, therefore drinking up to eight glasses of water a day after treatment is advised to prevent dehydration.

I found myself enjoying a selection of group fitness classes too, but, my favourite so far has to be the Ladies Only Zumba. The choreography allowed for a full body workout to be delivered effortlessly with the music selection played. This particular class brought me back to my former days of dancing and I began to feel nostalgic. The community vibe and engaging atmosphere amongst the ladies attending of all ages, shapes and sizes displays is truly a testament to Sheraton itself. One common denominator is displayed throughout… support.

Perhaps you have only just decided to get healthy or you have been on this journey for a while, but just focusing on food. What you eat is really important, but so is staying active! Exercise can be so many different things. I allowed myself to fall into the ‘trap’ of thinking that because you are unfit (and trust me I am), you are unable to do any exercise, or you see people running marathons or doing 100 push-ups in a row and think just because you can’t do that then you can’t exercise at all. Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel has allowed me to see and more importantly supported me into actually doing something! The added bonus of the impeccable views, beach and pool area alongside the variety of dining options make the overall experience an absolute pleasure and I admonish you to visit this 2019 – it truly has it all. Any form of exercise is better than no exercise at all… Now, I didn’t think I’d ever be writing that! ✤