Staying fit and healthy is a common goal, but there is a rumour circulating that it is not advisable to exercise during Ramadhan when one is fasting. Well, we are here to debunk that. It is true that there should be some precautions when deciding to exercise on an empty stomach, but it shouldn’t eliminate the idea of exercising altogether.
So what are the precautions, you ask? While fasting, your metabolism rate slows down and you don’t burn as much as you normally do because there’s no food to obtain the energy from. Therefore it is advised to stick to low-intensity workouts rather than fast-paced workouts. Another important tip is to never miss Sahur if you are planning to workout as it is the only source of food and fluids that you will have throughout the day. Read our guide for high-energy breakfasts you can adopt for Sahur. As long as you keep this in mind, the exercises below are completely safe for you to try out.
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1. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese martial arts that has been around for many years. It is known to be a gentle form of martial arts and it is the combination of fluid-like movements and deep breathing techniques that will improve the flow of energy and reinvigorate your mind and body. This exercise will not make you sweat, so you need not worry that you are losing fluid while exercising.
Most people don’t really like walking for longer periods, but it is a great form of exercise especially during the fasting month. Be sure not to walk in the sun though, or you’ll be easily dehydrated. A 30-minute brisk walk gives you your cardio workout for the day and it keeps your calf muscles nice and strong.
3. Elliptical or a StairMaster
The elliptical machine simultaneously works your upper body and lower body at the same time. It also has reduced risks of hurting your back. This low-impact exercise is extremely safe and won’t cause you to lose too much energy throughout the day. The StairMaster is basically a stair- stepping machine that helps you lose calories without the added stress of using something like a treadmill or a bicycle. Each step is said to burn more calories when compared to walking. If you don’t have a StairMaster, you could still achieve similar results by jogging up and down the stairs.
Pilates is another new form of exercise that has become an international hype. It is a new-age exercise that strengthens your core, builds muscles and helps you achieve a toned physique. The exercise puts a lot of emphasis on techniques and discipline. Pilates also increases your flexibility over time, so if you enjoy yoga, you will definitely enjoy pilates as well.
These low-intensity workouts are guaranteed to help you stay fit and healthy during Ramadhan. While these exercises are safe, you can always consult your doctor if you have concerns. Keen to try these workouts but would rather have someone there to guide you through the process? Then head over to Kaodim to find yoga instructors and personal trainers who will gladly motivate you. That way, you’ll always have someone to coach you through the steps.
written by Tashya Viknesh