Exercise in Ramadan

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Often, during Ramadan, exercise plan can go wrong. If Ramadan’s traditional routine of inactivity and overeating has you worried about your weight, a bit of health advice may allay your fears. According to health and fitness experts, health awareness is the best defense against those extra kilos in Ramadan. As the days progress, there’s a desire to rest more and to do less physical activity but one should resist it and exercise.

The best exercise is the one that you will do on a regular basis. Walking is considered one of the best health choices because it’s easy, safe and inexpensive. The best time for you to exercise in Ramadan is when you break your fast. Drink your soup or have some dates then start your exercise right after that because that gives you the ability to drink water when you feel a bit dehydrated. Or you can exercise an hour before iftar, or 2 hours after iftar, before or after taraweeh, or before sehri if your schedule allows you to wake up that early.

It’s also a good idea to stretch your arms and legs before and after taraweeh if you are not used to long periods of standing. Light toning exercises are the best method for working out during Ramadan. The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) had a few dates and some milk right after the azaan and delayed his meal until after prayers in Ramadan. If you want to exercise after iftar, opt for some dates and soup, and then go do your exercise. You will have more stamina to exercise this way. "This gives your body a chance to realize what’s going on, and your digestive system a chance to wake up before continuing with a normal meal," Grant, certified sports nutritionist, says. "What people need to realize about health," Grant says, "is that diets don’t work. Changing your lifestyle works."

 

Often, during Ramadan, exercise plan can go wrong. If Ramadan's traditional routine of inactivity and overeating has you worried about your weight, a bit of health advice may allay your fears.

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