Fitness And Fasting In Ramadan

How to stay on track during Ramadan

Ramadan is here. Throughout the year, Muslims look forward to welcoming this holy month. The spirit of Ramadan is not just to fast. It teaches patience, perseverance and self-discipline. For the past few years, Ramadan brings its blessing in the summers. For the rest of the world it might be all right. But for us Middle East folks, this is an endurance test like no other. The sweltering UAE heat coupled with super long fasting hours mean most of us have to reschedule our routine. Trying to fit the whole day’s activities into the nocturnal hours is easier said than done. Those of us who are habitual of following a fitness regime get stuck in a limbo. The question on everyone’s mind is, how to exercise during Ramadan in this heat? Where to find gym in Abu Dhabi with flexible Ramadan timing? Here is what you need to know.

Timing Is Crucial

Fasting in this intense heat is not an easy task. The UAE weather tends to drain your body. Whatever time you pick for working out during Ramadan, will greatly affect your strength and progress. A lot of people opt for exercising while fasting. If you choose to do so, you are better off hitting the gym right before breaking your fast. This gives you the chance to quickly replenish your energy levels. If you don’t find in yourself the energy to exercise right before Iftar, you might want to consider burning the midnight oil pun intended. This happens to be the most effective and risk-free approach to including workout in Ramadan routine. If you are looking for a gym that offers flexible Ramadan timings, Adrenagy Training Club is a great place to check out. Particularly, if you are looking for a holistic physical fitness approach. The club stays open till 3am on weekdays and 2am on Friday nights.

Watch What You Eat

Ramadan brings with it a great chance to purify. Not just our bodies but our souls as well. This holy month requires great determination in order to not overdose on unhealthy food. If you are working out, it is essential that you increase your intake of liquids and nutrients as much as possible. The beginning of the month is great because our body is actively using up all the stored energy. But once the first couple of weeks are gone, you will feel a significant drop in your energy levels. Especially, if your diet has not been good. It is highly advised to stay away from fried and unhealthy items. Instead, focus on adding more protein and good carbs to your diet to sustain your workout regime.

Eat. Workout. Pray

Oh wait, isn’t sleep supposed to be a part of this equation as well? Indeed it is. But the month of Ramadan is pretty hard on the sleeping schedule for many. Waking up in the middle of the night for Suhoor, and staying up late after Iftar to make up for the lost calories, leads to a highly disturbed sleeping schedule. Try to squeeze in some sleep during the day. This will help you focus more on your exercise, particularly if you are working out at night. With just a few precautions, it is possible to maintain a fitness regime in Ramadan.


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