The importance of
exercise during Ramadan
According to him, it is ‘imperative’ that Muslims maintain
their exercise routine during Ramadan, and he points out that if you stop
exercising for a month it’s equal to losing four months of exercise.
When to exercise
Here are some of Noorbhai’s top tips for exercising during
Terminate exercise immediately when feeling dizzy or nauseous
Plan when to sleep and when to wake up
- Consider naps and shcedule rests as your body experiences more fatigue during Ramadan
- Have a ‘working lunch’ (since you don’t have to
eat), then arrange with your boss to leave an hour earlier at the end of the
day. This will allow you to get in some
time for training before you break your fast.
- Intermittent exercises such as Action Soccer or cricket after sunset and evening prayer is a good way to maintain physical activity and fitness
- Endurance, plyometrics, speed and agility training should be avoided completely.
Exercise during fasting can be physically taxing. Noorbhai
recommends the following guidelines with regard to your diet and hydration
during this time:
Read Habib Noorbhai's full article with exercise guidelines and tips here on FitnessConnect.
- Try to consume 6 to 10 grams of carbohydrates per kg of body weight
- Eat 1.2 to 1.2g of protein per kg of body weight
- Your fat intake should be 20 to 30% of your total enegry intake
- Be sure to drink sufficient fluids to prevent a water deficit
- Hydrate often during the night, after sunset and evening prayers take along a bottle of water.