That is the question – and there is no right or wrong answer! Every year as the Holy Month of Ramadan gets closer, there is always a debate as to whether it is healthy to train during this time – or even train while fasting. Other concerns such as eating too much or too little can also have an effect on peoples’ decision to train.
The answer is simple: it depends!
The reason why it depends is because it depends entirely on your body. It is important to know and understand your body’s limitations and knowing what your body can handle. If training is a regular part of your daily or weekly routine, then training during Ramadan shouldn’t be an issue – the limitation might then be to understand how intense your training should be. If training is fairly new to you, then taking this Holy Month off might be the better choice. Again, this comes down to understanding your limitations.
When to train during Ramadan?
Another question that is asked quite frequently is when to train. Because hydration is one of the most important things during exercise, it is recommended to train right after a light Iftar meal. However, if staying hydrated between Iftar and Suhoor is an easy task, then training while fasting might be alright for your body. Know your limitations!
If you do decide to train, here are some points to keep in mind when designing your training:
- Try not to push your body too far; keep workouts short and at low intensity
- If training is new to you, try some light cardiovascular exercises and mobility work to keep the body moving
- Make sure to drink plenty of water between Iftar and Suhoor to keep the body fully hydrated
- Try to keep high intensity workouts until after Iftar meals. This way you can give the body fuel for energy
- Try not to eat too many fried or fatty foods so that it doesn’t counteract your hard work and fitness achievements thus far
- If you start to feel dizzy or sick, stop training and lower the intensity. Remember, any movement is better than no movement at all
Whatever you decide – whether to train or not to train – make sure you understand your body and your body’s limitations. This is not the time to try new things, but to maintain your fitness. You know your body better than anyone else!
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