This article was published on May 15th, 2019
Those who are fasting sometimes find it a little difficult to continue exercising during Ramadan. Consider these golden rules before hitting the gym:
1. Before or after Iftar:
The timing of exercising during Ramadan has always been debatable; is it better to exercise before or after iftar? This depends completely on your preference and body, and what suits you better. Remember, you can also do a mix of both throughout the month.
2. Change your intensity:
It is best that high intensity workouts are left for after iftar, as you need more energy for that type of workout. If you are opting for a workout before iftar, make sure you stick to lower intensity routines.
3. Eat light and healthy:
We know that it’s hard not to indulge during iftar after you’ve been fasting all day, but sticking to light and healthy meals throughout Ramadan is just as equally as important as exercising.
4. Stay hydrated:
Water, water and more water! Stay hydrated between iftar and sohour, and double the quantity when you’re exercising. Fresh juice and healthy beverages are also great options for you, just try and stay away from sodas and caffeinated drinks.
5. Give your body time:
For those who are exercising after iftar, give your body time to digest the food before getting a workout in.
Keeping your workout between 45 minutes to one hour is the recommended duration for those fasting in Ramadan.