It won’t be wrong if we say that Ramadan brings drastic change to our routine. It changes our eating and sleeping routine, unlike any other month. The thirty-day period is the perfect opportunity for anyone who is trying to lose weight through healthy diet and exercise. Some people may create an exercise planner in advance while fasting, as some prefer to work out before Iftar, and others after.
Some people might give in to the laziness and leave all the physical activities they usually do. But, this approach is wrong, many studies tell us that fasting for 30 consecutive days without performing any physical exercise or activity reduces strength and physical fitness. Muslims have to remain active in the month of Ramadan to stay healthy.
Here is one simple way by which you can keep yourself healthy and also, lose weight!
Benefits Of Brisk Walk
Walking is the best activity to keep yourself active and healthy. It not only helps us lose weight in Ramadan but carries a lot of other health benefits for us. Here is how!
1. Walk Maintains Our Blood Sugar Levels
Walking 2 hours after iftar time can help us maintain our health in the simplest and the best way. Moreover, taking a short walk after eating may also help lower your blood sugar. Try to make a post-meal walk a regular part of your routine. It can also help you adjust your exercise activity throughout the day.
2. It Boosts Our Immune Functioning
Walking has great benefits on our immunity. It may reduce your risk for developing a cold or the flu by a major percentage. It is noted that those people who do brisk walking at a moderate pace for 30 to 45 minutes a day had 43 percent fewer sick days and fewer upper respiratory tract infections such as asthma and breathing difficulties.
When is the best time for a fasting person to work out or walk – before or after Iftar?
1. Before Iftar
For the people who opt for a workout or walk before Iftar time, should take proper precautionary measures and guidelines. They should be aware of what can possibly happen if the walk before Iftar. Exercising just before Iftar should be limited and for no longer than 60 minutes, preferably in an air-conditioned location. After you break the fast, drink sufficient amounts of fluids and water to replenish salts and minerals lost by the body, and have a good rest.
2. After Iftar
To the people who plan for brisk walking or workout after Iftar, it is advisable to perform physical activity two hours after you break the fast as by then the body has completed the digestion process, and preferably in an air-conditioned location (if you live in hot and humid weather)
Here Are Some Additional Tips That Might Help
- Add a set of physical activity for at least 30 minutes every day.
- Choose a convenient time to work out during Ramadan, either just before Iftar or two to three hours after Iftar. Avoid physical activity immediately after you break your fast as all of the body’s energy will be directed towards digestion of food.
- Reduce physical inactivity, such as sitting in front of the television for extended periods of time.
- Organise activities such as going for brisk walking or performing household chores.
- Stop any physical activity immediately if you experience dizziness, nausea, difficulty breathing or chest pain.
- Drink sufficient quantities of water between Iftar and Suhour to avoid dehydration during fasting.
A Word From Marham
Staying in our houses does not mean we can’t stay healthy. You can find hundreds of physical activities to keep yourself fit even in Ramadan.
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