Is it safe to exercise during Ramadan? Here’s the answer

We bring you some tips from experts.

If you are planning to quit your exercise routine during Ramadan, think again. Experts are of the opinion that exercise and fasting can go together. We bring you some tips on how to maintain your workout plans while you fast during the holy month.

Exercise and Fasting:

For those who have been reluctant to exercise during Ramadan, the news is it’s completely healthy to work out while you fast. Exercising and fasting can go together without causing any harm to the body. According to Dr Javaid Shah, Physician Specialist in Dubai, exercise while fasting may actually keep our brain, neuro-mortors and muscle fibres biologically young.

“When we exercise during fasting, it essentially forces our body to shed fat, as our body’s fat burning processes are controlled by sympathetic nervous system, which in turn is activated by exercise and lack of food,” Dr Javaid told Khaleej Times.

Assistant Fitness Manager and Personal Trainer at Fitness First Gym and Health Club, Sheu (who uses only one name), said exercising while fasting can help maintain weight.

“One must not stop exercising during Ramadan. It helps to keep control of weight and stay healthy.”

What are the best times for exercise?

Dr Javaid suggests exercising after the Taraweeh prayers at the night. It is a time when adequate meals and water is consumed to help during workout. One can consume juices and other liquids during the workout too. Some exercises can also be done after breaking the fast or just before Suhur.

“Exercising an hour before breaking the fast gives you the flexibility of eating within short span. It rejuvenates the body immediately,” said Sheu.

What kind of exercise should be done?

High intensity exercises that throw the pulse rate to above 150 per minute should be avoided, particularly if you have yet to break the fast.  Doing slow or moderate exercises are advised.

Experts suggest brisk walk, slow jogging, cycling, cross training and light machine exercises at gym for the Ramadan.

Above all, eating a balanced diet and taking adequate amount of liquids are necessary to help maintain a healthy exercise routine during the month. Intake of carbohydrates is encouraged during suhur which helps to stay energetic. Taking protein rich diet after breaking the fast helps the body to rejuvenate.

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