It can be hard to maintain a balanced fitness and fasting routine during Ramadan, especially in the summer heat and humidity. The month of Ramadan provides 30 days for reflection in a healthy and spiritual way to cleanse the body and soul. In our Ramadan series we provide tips on what to eat, how to work out and general advice for the Holy month.
In this feature we suggest the top 5 exercises to do this Ramadan whether at home or at the gym to keep you active throughout the month.
Although many people prefer doing cardio exercises before breaking the fast for its fat burning impact, training with no hydration can be risky. The body may also start to burn muscle if there is no fat left to burn. With this in mind it’s a good idea to do 20-30 minutes of cardio after iftar when you can support the muscles with the food and water they need to exercise. Why not set a plan for Ramadan and track your records to get the goals done with our Mio Heart Rate and Activity Tracker so you keep on track of every single step.
There are unlimited benefits when it comes to swimming – increasing the heart rate, toning the body and getting a whole host of muscles involved. Getting 30 minutes of swimming time in 2 or 3 hours after breaking the fast is recommended as it is refreshing and gives you a relaxed mood. Providing full coverage during Ramadan why not try the Speedo Essential Full Body Swimming Suit for total performance in the water.
It may just look like a bit of fun, but there is way more to hula hooping than you think. Burning calories, empowering the inner muscles around the waist, and injecting that all-important fun factor, 10 minutes of hula hooping is a great addition to your daily fitness routine, whether before or after iftar. It’s an easy and fun sport to take up during Ramadan when you don’t have enough time to go out and exercise. Check out the Body Sculpture Hula Hoop at SSS online and have fun with your fitness.
You may not be able to get to the gym frequently during Ramadan, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop your exercise routine altogether. A core workout can be easily done from home thanks to the available equipment in the market that gives you the gym experience from the comfort of your home. Keep doing your hamstring curls, kettle swings, squats, planks and stretching exercises so you maintain your fitness during fasting time. Don’t overdo it during Ramadan, particularly if you’re working out when fasting and be mindful to balance the energy you have. Try out the Total Body Suspension from Body Sculpture and be free to exercise from home whenever it takes your fancy.
In the month of self-examination and seeking peace of mind, yoga is the perfect thing to practice during Ramadan. Be it early in the morning or those few hours before iftar, get the benefits from yoga while you fast to release toxins from your body. Not to mention the mental impact of yoga and the common philosophy it has with the concept of fasting: clearing the mind, body and soul. Buy the Body Sculpture Yoga Mat and check out our Yoga Series to give your fitness routine a more mindful approach.
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