The Holy Month of Ramadan is a time for self-evaluation of faith and overall wellbeing. For those fasting, keeping active can be a challenge because of lower energy levels and rising temperatures in the region. But as experts say, it’s important to maintain your fitness throughout Ramadan, even if moderate, and with the right training schedule, proper diet and activity, you can make it work for you.
Temperatures reach the high 40s during summer, so it’s important to stay indoors during daytime hours, but don’t let this deter you from working out altogether. If you’re fasting, experts advise that you treat your Ramadan training as a time for “maintenance workout”, not to aim to break personal bests, but to maintain a healthy level of fitness. The ideal times to exercise are an hour before Iftar, after a light Iftar, or after Taraweeh (evening prayers).
Try lower intensity exercises like Pilates in a studio, or stay at home and practice your yoga flows. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water after breaking your fast to keep you hydrated, eat healthy and moderately during Iftar and Suhoor, and get enough sleep!
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Take advantage of the cooler temperatures in the early hours of the morning and later in the evenings, and fit in an outdoor activity like running, swimming or a team sport. After a light Iftar, try swimming for cardio exercise and to battle the heat. Team sports like football and basketball are great options, because instead of working out solo, you get to exercise in a fun way with family and friends.
When heading outdoors, get kitted out in functional and protective gear to support your workouts. Choose items with UV protection and reflective detailing to keep you safe in low light environments.
Remember, everyone is different, so listen to your body and find out what training routine works for you. Ramadan training is about mental preparation, because working out while fasting requires discipline – so you may prefer to save your fitness sessions for after fasting hours. Have a workout schedule in place, plan your nutrition and hydration properly, and grab the perfect training wear from Sun & Sand Sports.