The Fast and the Fit

Best Time to Exercise During Ramadan.

It’s the eternal conundrum: how do you exercise during Ramadan? Sure, you can do it after breaking fast which is technically better when it comes to athletic performance, since it helps limit tiredness and fatigue. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t exercise while we’re fasting.

Now, this will differ from person to person, and with Ramadan being in the summer, the extreme heat and effort will still expose you to heat exhaustion, dehydration and fatigue, thereby defeating the purpose of trying to be healthier during this month.

I recommend choosing one of the following periods, depending on your age, health status and the goal of your exercise.

  • You can do it an hour or an hour and a half prior to This will help minimize the time before you break fast and compensate the loss of body fluids, mineral salts and energy.
  • You can do it 3-4 hours after breakfast to make sure the body has completed the process of digestion.
  • What I like to do is have a very light futoor of seven dates (natural workout fuel) and one liter of water, then workout right after. That kind of futoor raises your blood sugar and gives you sufficient energy to make it through your workout.

In general, I advise to exercise at any time you feel comfortable without experiencing too much fatigue.

I also recommended keeping the workouts short – about 45 to 60 minutes maximum – during Ramadan. Avoid consuming fatty foods like samboosa. If you’re craving them, at least bake them instead.

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