How to keep your energy levels up in the last week of Ramadan
Sleep and Nap
Sleeping is essential for body, a healthy lifestyle includes healthy food, good hydration, and quality sleep. During Ramadan our sleeping routine is changed and we usually do not sleep much as on regular days. For better sleep, take 1-2 naps during the day, no more than 20-30 minutes each, to improve alertness and performance.
Exercise is a great way to give you an energy boost, help you sleep better, and most important maintain your weight during Ramadan. Exercise was always an issue for many people who are fasting, we always advise if you are used to exercise on regular days continue don’t quit, as for the time of exercise it differs from one person to another. Some people train before Iftar or a couple of hours after Iftar or even right after Suhoor. When you start training you will be surprised how much energy you have.
Supplements can provide additional nutritional value to your daily intake. In one way or another, some foods lose some of its nutritional value due to cooking or just handling so we advise to add some supplementation to your diet to keep your energy levels up. Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Omega 3, B vitamins (which are called the energy vitamins) are some examples. We advise you have some blood tests some before taking any supplements.
Hydration is very essential nowadays, especially in hot weather, the main rule is to have at least 2-3 liters of water all through the night between Iftar and Suhoor so aim for 2 cups every 30 minutes. Avoid high caffeinated and drinks high in sugar.
Small Frequent Meals
Keep your healthy eating habits the same during Ramadan, instead of having one heavy meal, divide your meal into 3-4 small light meals, even if you don’t have time, with only 30 minutes between the small meals. This prevents the tired and bloated feeling after eating a heavy meal.
Yes for Suhoor
The importance of Suhoor is the same as breakfast as it’s an early meal. It has a lot of benefits for the body, fuels your body for the long day of fasting and gives you steady energy while fasting. Don’t miss it and remember remember you can sleep during the day, but you cannot eat. Citing Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) “Don’t miss the Suhoor, as it has a blessing”
Don’t miss the Suhoor, as it has a blessing
Don’t miss the Protein
Make sure your main meal during the Iftar has protein. Protein helps you feel fuller for longer time and it’s also great to boost your energy and metabolism. Keep in mind it’s considered the favorite food for your muscles.
National Wellness Manager
Fitness First Middle East