Holiday is all about relaxation, and sometimes clearing the mind and body of stress through exercise is the best way to achieve that. Hit the road in Muscat with some quick and easy ways to take in the sites as well as the fitness in the city by the sea.
Staying fit on the road is tough to manage, but in the Omani capital of Muscat, fitness becomes an experience in and of itself. Immersed in history and culture, Muscat offers travellers a great way to not only keep a healthy mind and body balance, but also a great opportunity to inundate themselves in what the city by the sea has to offer. Here are a few quick and easy solutions for active travellers looking to stay fit while maintaining the holiday feel.
Running Muscat — Running is a great way to stay in shape on the road, and in Muscat, it’s an equally great way to take in some of the local sites before the sun begins to sear the Omani streets. For more experienced runners, wake up early and take an 8-kilometre round-trip run from The Chedi Muscat through the cafe-lined streets to the ornate Grand Mosque. For added experience (and heat), make your run a Friday afternoon expedition and rendezvous with the thousands that flock to Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque for afternoon prayer. For a more relaxed jaunt, head to any of the many beaches that run along Muscat’s coastline where you can find your own pace in the powdery sand – shoes are optional.
Muscat’s Yogis — According to Giridhar Pillay, The Chedi Muscat’s yoga instructor and personal trainer, yoga is not only a great physical exercise, but a great mental one as well. Focusing on limberness of mind and body, yoga is a great way to start any day because it “brings a certain calm into your mind. A calm that allows you to experience and understand everything more fully.” A quick yet effective wake-up, and one that prepares you for the diversity of Muscat’s storied history, yoga can easily be practised in-house alone, or in a group setting in one of the many daily courses held at The Chedi Muscat. But with Muscat’s diverse scenery, it’s best to take your yoga outdoors. Try making your way to Al-Qurm or Al-Riyam, two of Muscat’s nicest city parks, to enjoy yoga in oases of manicured greenery and ponds. Or, if beaches are more your thing, strike your downward dog behind The Chedi Muscat during a quiet session on the beach.
Walk ‘til you Drop — Muscat offers much in the way of history, as such walking the city is not only a great way to stay healthy, but it’s also a way to better understand the intricacies of the capital’s past and present. Start off your day with a light breakfast and a car ride down to the old watch tower from where you can walk along the water stopping in at Ghalya’s Museum of Modern Art and Muscat’s famed Muttrah Souk. Finish off by strolling up to the local fish and fruit market where you can indulge in some of Muscat’s healthier pleasures for a post-walk snack. Conversely, hitch a ride to Al Jalali Fort from where you can walk by Al Alam Palace and the Omani-French Museum en route to Fort Mirani, where you can end your walk by catching the breeze and taking in some of Muscat’s most undisturbed ocean views.
So get out, take in the city while keeping fit, and enjoy the balance of both mind and body in the city by the sea—it certainly can’t hurt.
(Featured image: Yoga is a great way to clear both the mind and body, and can be pursued independently or in classes at The Chedi Muscat. Make your way to one of the city’s many beachfronts or parks to enjoy both the sites and the fitness.)