Al Ain: As part of the activities of “UAEU Innovates 2023”, the Physical Education department in collaboration with Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy organized the “Fitness Open Day” for female students. This event aimed to raise awareness about the importance of exercise and its health benefits.
Fitness open days have involved several sports activities, including relay races, tugs of war, volleyball, basketball, and different sports activities. Physical health and fitness indicators were measured by participants. The students of the Physical Education Department delivered these activities under the supervision of the University instructors.
Dr. Gehan Handouk, an instructor in the Physical Education department, has given an awareness lecture in which she pointed out the importance of performing physical activities, and the benefits that the students and society can gain by changing their habits, exercising/staying active, and adopting an active lifestyle. She also emphasized the role of sports and its effect on the physical appearance of the individual, as well as the ability to acquire physical skills. She also shed light on the effect that physical activities can have on boosting an individual’s psychological state and mood/mental health.
She added, “Fitness can improve the general health as it can improve the vital capacity of the lungs, and the heart. In addition, it can develop the muscular system and prevent the spread of diseases, especially heart diseases. Furthermore, fitness can improve the control of body weight.”
On the other hand, Maryam Al Mansoori, Head of Training Programs Department at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, said, “The academy will keep up its pioneering role in empowering women and enhancing their role in all the sports field by supporting the fabulous female athletes. The academy will also continue to participate on all occasions and celebrations concerned with women’s sports. It will also organize forums, seminars, and conferences dedicated to women’s sports. This is because we live in the country of achievements and are blessed by a wise leadership that believes in women’s capabilities, which consequently made it a global role model for other countries.”
Al Mansoori added, “We are happy to be present in the UAE university in its open fitness day, and are pleased to participate in its events that aim at improving the community sport, and maintaining a friendly atmosphere between the participants, which will strengthen sportsmanship and promote community cohesion as sport has become a lifestyle for many. These events provide the opportunity to enjoy sports activities and competitiveness within the family atmosphere.”