Saudis engage with “Your Home, Your Gym” campaign

The initiative is about ‘staying home safe, supporting one another.’ (Supplied)
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Updated 15 April 2020

Saudis engage with “Your Home, Your Gym” campaign

  • The SFA has launched initiative targeting university students, in partnership with the Saudi Universities Sports Federation

JEDDAH: Nearly 4 million people across the Kingdom have been engaging with the digital national health and wellness campaign launched by the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) by sharing their daily workouts from home.
Launched in mid-March, the campaign — titled “Your Home, Your Gym” — encourages people to embrace a healthy lifestyle in a spirit of unity while under lockdown.
Supported by the Ministry of Sports and the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, the initiative is collaborating with five trainers from various athletic disciplines: Najia Alfadl, Fahad Alsahli, Abdullah Falatah, Aya Alduhaiman and Ahmad Almosabi.
The trainers will post diverse coaching material on social media, including CrossFit, interval training, aerobics, strength training and yoga.
They will also connect with the audience on their social media platforms to promote the campaign’s goals. Saudis and non-Saudis of all ages are participating.
SFA President Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed praised the public’s significant interaction with the campaign, saying: “We are overwhelmed with pride and warmth at seeing your engagement on our social platforms.”
He added that the initiative is about “staying home safe and active, supporting one another as part of Saudi’s healthy and active community, reaching one another to share positivity and strength and finally doing our national duty.”
Prince Khaled invited people to tag the SFA in their home workouts and use the campaign’s Arabic hashtag to motivate others to join the campaign.

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• The trainers will post diverse coaching material on social media, including CrossFit, interval training, aerobics, strength training and yoga.

• They will connect with the audience on their social media platforms to promote the campaign’s goals.

• Saudis and non-Saudis of all ages are participating. • SFA president praises the public’s significant interaction with the campaign.

Nabeel Idrees, a fitness enthusiast from Alkhobar, said: “It’s an excellent initiative, and I hope to continue it even after the crisis is over.”
He added that such digital initiatives motivate people to organize their lives and encourage family members to engage in physical activities together.
“However, commitment and recognition of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle initially come from the individual,” he said.
Idrees follows up his daily workout with his coach, who is 100 km away, through social media platforms.
“The exercises are chosen based on what suits each trainee and the equipment available at their home,” he said, adding that people do not need to buy expensive equipment to begin or maintain their workout routine.
“Because people usually get bored easily and neglect their newly bought equipment, I personally utilize whatever I have at home, like stairs and water gallons,” Idrees said.
The SFA has launched another initiative targeting university students, in partnership with the Saudi Universities Sports Federation (SUSF).
All university students nationwide are invited to participate in a competition by posting videos and photos of their home workouts on their social media channels, tagging @Saudi_SFA and @SUSFChannel under the official hashtag.
Run until April 26, the competition will see 10 winners selected by the SUSF to receive an iPhone 11 Pro.
The federations have been actively posting articles and tips for staying healthy through exercise and nutrition on www.sportsforall.com.sa and various social media platforms.


Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Updated 12 August 2020

Dr. Kholood Mohamed, head of Tabuk’s regional council

Dr. Kholood Mohamed has become the first woman in the Kingdom to head Tabuk’s regional council, with the Saudi interior minister approving her appointment as the body’s secretary-general.
Al-Khamis called on Tabuk Gov. Prince Fahd bin Sultan on Monday and the prince congratulated her on her new position, emphasizing the role of Saudi women in government agencies.
She is an assistant professor of inorganic chemistry and supervisor of the chemistry department at the University of Tabuk.
She joined the university in 2010 as a teaching assistant in the science faculty, later becoming a lecturer and then being promoted to associate professor.
She did her doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Howard University in the US in 2018. She obtained her master’s degree from King Saud University in Riyadh and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tabuk.
Al-Khamis is a member of several scientific bodies such as the Supreme Committee of Prince Fahd bin Sultan Award for Scientific Excellence, American Chemical Society, and the Committee for the National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity.
She has presented many research studies during her career, and participated locally and abroad in specialist activities in the science field.