For so many of us, as soon as Ramadan gets closer we get into a perplexed state of mind as in what would be done about our workout routines and all the protein shakes and a darjan anday that we would have for lunch in the usual days. A lot of folks that we come across actually give up on their diet just because they find it impossible to be taken along with the fasting and everything else and they would stop working out. A few might keep up with it occasionally, nevertheless, this is something that needs careful planning before the month begins.
Just in case some of your doubts and questions still haven’t been cleared out and you want to know how fitness and fasting can be taken hand in hand, keep on reading.
The best and worst times to workout
Do you work out during your fasting hours? Crazy as it may sound, some people actually do that, can you believe it? That just causes more and more muscle breakdown and isn’t healthy at all because you are training in a state where your body is dehydrated and you lose strength. It’s like forcing a car to move without fuel or constantly using Snapchat when your phone is on 5% battery (we know how much of a battery drainer it is). What experts have agreed on is that the optimal time to train is after Taraweeh prayer, not immediately after iftar. Because by then your dinner is sitting in your tummy and you are no longer dehydrated. For folks who find it hard to compromise on their sleep after Taraweeh, they can exercise an hour or 45 minutes after iftar, but make sure the food you are having then is nutritious and that you are drinking plenty of water.
The best and worst workout routines
This one highly depends on you as a person and how much your body can take, especially during Ramadan when our bodies are going through this massive change; more like a detoxifying period. If you are really into weight loss or maybe you have a wedding coming up after Eid and you gotta pull off that saaree, wake up 45 minutes before sehri and go for a short but strenuous cardio routine. This has said to have some major impacts on your entire fat burning game. If you have not tried intense cardio workouts before, take it at a very slow pace and increase the intensity gradually. This is highly important because you really cannot deal with muscle soreness and burning on top of your fast, that too in the blazing hot weather. Build up speed as you go further, we aren’t talking about the easy cardio here, but what we need to focus on is high speed sprinting and then giving your muscles some rest in the form of brisk walking.
The emphasis should really be on our water consumption this Ramadan because of the intense summers if you have a regular exercise routine your body needs even more of it. For personalized diet plans to follow in Ramadan, consult us as our team is always available as your health care and fitness coach.