Got 30 minutes to spare? Try these sometimes surprising socially distanced calorie burners

Gardening can burn a surprising amount of calories. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 04 October 2020

Got 30 minutes to spare? Try these sometimes surprising socially distanced calorie burners

DUBAI: After months of staying at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, you may find that your once healthy lifestyle has taken a turn for the worse. As many still feel uncomfortable working out in busy settings, personal trainer Devinder Bains is here to guide you through a few 30-minute cardio exercises you can practice alone or with a member of your household that will burn calories. As always, consult your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen and remember that the amount of calories it is possible to burn varies per person.


This is the easy win for smashing away those calories. Doing 30 minutes of running at a 10-minute mile will see you burning about 350 calories (more if you’re a little heavier than average).

Walking - or gardening!

If you want to slow it down a bit then stick on a podcast and head for a moderate-paced walk, you’ll still tick off an average of 170 calories in half an hour. Regular walking can reduce risk of heart disease and stroke and, if done outside, boosts vitamin D — just like gardening which can burn almost the same amount of calories (150 for 30 minutes).


If you’re looking to serve up a hefty calorie burn then a 30-minute game of tennis is ideal. A singles match will smash 300 calories or a doubles game will burn around 200. Tennis can help improve strength and flexibility.


Get on your bike and spin away around 400 calories in 30 minutes if you’re riding at a fairly vigorous pace. Want to keep it chilled? Even a light pace can burn 220 calories. Cycling is a low-impact exercise that is good for improved joint mobility, posture and coordination.


If you’re looking for a full-body workout without the impact stress of other exercises, opt for a leisurely swim and burn 250 calories in 30-minutes (more if you speed it up). Swimming is good for building endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness.


If you’re looking for a full-out calorie obliteration then your 30-minute HIIT training session will blitz 450 calories. And that’s just during the session — HIIT comes with an effect that elevates your metabolism to burn calories for several hours after the workout.

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Updated 20 October 2020

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

DUBAI: To celebrate the monumental impact of K-Pop on fans around the world, Spotify delved into its listening data for some of the genre’s best-known acts. From BTS to ATEEZ, here are the five most streamed K-Pop groups across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. 


Formed in 2013, BTS has spearheaded the K-Pop drive into the Middle East with catchy, upbeat music. The seven-member South Korean boy band recently notched up the first No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a South Korean group with their first all-English language single “Dynamite.” 


It’s not just the boys that are driving the K-Pop obsession. Seoul-based girl group Blackpink, who recently released their first Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky” on Oct. 14, are also experiencing a serious surge in streaming. Their latest release “The Album” became the #1 global album on Spotify during the week of launch. 


Beside Blackpink, Twice have also established themselves in the region. This is a big month for the nine-member girl group: Oct. 20 marks five years since they hit the scene in 2015, and on Oct. 26 they are releasing their second full-length Korean album “Eyes Wide Open.”

Stray Kids 

The fourth most streamed act in the Middle East is Stray Kids. The group consists of eight male members, who are currently preparing for their Nov. 22 virtual concert on Beyond Live, the online performance platform. Their most famous hits are “Grow Up,” “Voices” and “Side Effects.” 


ATEEZ is one of the most recent K-Pop acts. Formed in October 2018, the eight-member group has already made it to the region’s top five most streamed K-Pop bands. Not just that, but as of September 2020, the group has released five Korean-language EPs, one full-length album and two Japanese albums.