Fitness in Ramadan!

Hello Dear friends and Welcome to my Blog!

Ramadan Kareem to all family, friends, friends of friends, and everyone who celebrates this generous, blessed Month.

I would like to dedicate the blog to discussing fitness in Ramadan; the food, the workout and of course the lifestyle. I know many people who like to seize the occasion of fasting to regulate or adjust their food diet. Many tend to gain weight, and many others manage to lose the extra kilos that never seemed to go away.

Besides its highly religious and spiritual purpose, fasting in Ramadan can have great health benefits such as:

  • Improved mental discipline.

  • A chance to allow training or diet to run in the background and to focus on higher priorities.

  • The potential for restored insulin sensitivity and nutrient partitioning.

  • Higher growth hormone output during the fasts.

Below I have highlighted the Do’s and Don’ts  to maintain a healthy living, and balancing your work/life with fasting for long hours during the summer, please read on:

On Food diet:

  • Start your meals with dates and water

  • Break your fast slowly and ensure that your foods has all food groups (protein, carbs,

  • Dodrink plenty of water between the hours of iftar and suhur.

  • Make healthy food choices and avoid fried, salty and sugary foods

  • Divide your meals into 3: iftar, dinner and suhur

  • Avoid binge eating between meals to avoid gaining weight

On Exercise:

  • keep your workouts short, about 30 minutes to a maximum of 60 minutes.

  • Do light cardiovascular exercises, like walking or cycling to help burn calories and improve stamina.

  • Lower your usual exercise intensity, to prevent having a low blood pressure or hypoglycemia

  • Do not do high intensity exercises like sprinting, or heavy weight lifting as it can cause joint or muscle injuries

  • Do not continue training if you feel weak, dizzy or sick.

  • Get at least 6 hours sleep a day, and try not to change your sleeping patterns.

    Khaled Hafez