The holy month of ‘Ramadan’ is here and it is that time of the year when millions of Muslims across the globe perform dawn-to-dusk fasting. This religious practice can improve one’s health if done in the proper manner. Follow these diet and fitness tips to stay fit and healthy during this holy month:
· Start your fast on a healthy note
Suhoor is the first meal that one needs to have before dawn. It should be a perfect mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and high-fibre foods. Suhoor should provide enough energy to withstand long hours of fasting.
· Do not over-exercise
When it comes to fitness, don’t use Ramadan as an excuse to refrain from exercising. However, too much of exercising is also a big ‘no-no’ during this period. Instead of long runs, try going for a short run or a brisk walk. If you have some health issues like diabetes, it is better to refrain from exercising.
· Workout timing
The ideal time to perform workout during Ramadan is just before ‘Suhoor’ or late at night after having your ‘Iftar’ meal. Also, make sure to drink a lot of water and wait for half an hour before exercising.
· Break the fast with the right food
After a long day of fasting, you feel like eating whatever that comes on your way. However, it can affect your health in the long run. It is recommended to break your fast with water, raw fruits, raw vegetables, yoghurt, or dates. Avoid indulging in large portions of heavy or oily meals.
· Take some supplements during fasting
Many doctors suggest consuming certain multivitamin tablets to ease the metabolic challenges of fasting. These tablets will ensure your body continues to get everything it normally does. An omega 3 fish oil supplement can improve the brain functioning during the day. Magnesium can ensure a good night’s sleep.
Fitness World wishes everyone a BLESSED and HEALTHY Ramadan!