Keeping up with your fitness routine can seem a little challenging during Ramadan for those who are fasting. Here are a few golden rules to consider.
1. Pre/Post Iftar:
There is no correct answer when it comes to when you should get your workout done. Some people believe that before iftar is the best time, while others opt for a post-iftar workout. In reality, this depends on your body and your own preferences. You can also mix and match your timings!
2. Moderate your intensity:
This is especially true if you are exercising pre-iftar, as your body has not yet refueled. You can still get a good workout in with lower intensity, but if you are looking for a high intensity regimen, then perhaps a workout after iftar would suit you better.
3. Eat healthy and light:
It’s hard not to indulge, especially after a long day of fasting but eating healthy and light meals during Ramadan is the best thing you can do for your body, even if you are not exercising!
4. Stay hydrated:
Staying hydrated after iftar is very important, especially if you’re exercising. Water, cold beverages and healthy drinks are all great options – stay away from sodas or caffeinated drinks.
5. Give your body time:
If you are choosing to exercise after iftar, then give your body ample time to digest the meal you just had before hitting the gym.
Experts recommend that you actually cut your workout a little shorter – keeping it between 45 minutes to one hour.