Some people use Ramadan as an excuse not to exercise. You can't really blame them but it's a crucial time to maintain your wellbeing. With the drastic change of eating patterns, it's a must to maintain a strong metabolism and regular exercise during the holy month is what will get you through it without gaining weight or losing muscle mass.
A key factor that you have to put in mind is that you have to try and make the workouts fun. The reason why I emphasize on that is because working out is harder during these days so the more interesting it is the more motivated you will be, like Zumba in my case, I actually anticipate going to the class. Other fun workouts include spinning, yoga, Pilates and even competing in sports like basketball or football. These fun workouts will keep you constantly motivated to move.
The exercise doesn’t have to be lengthy, 45 minutes to one hour is more than enough to get your blood pumping and energize you. Another important key factor when you include exercising in Ramadan is hydration! Not only is your body dehydrated during the month but it will dehydrate more once you start moving so remember to always keep your body hydrated.
When is the perfect time to exercise? While a lot of people seem to exercise before Iftar, I believe that exercising while fasting is actually not beneficial for your health as it wears you and your muscles down.
Top exercising tips during Ramadan:
- Exercise two hours after a light Iftar meal.
- Drink lots of water.
- Include weights in your exercise.
- Try to exercise not less than 45 minutes.
- Eat foods that have protein and can provide you with energy.
– Fajer Al Farsi