Here’s How You Can Stay Healthy and Active During Ramadhan

Here’s How You Can Stay Healthy and Active During Ramadhan

by Lydia Lohshini on May 29, 2017
Why you should care

Avoid that midday slump.

While fasting this Ramadhan, keep in mind these healthy habits that will keep your energy levels in check.

These are some simple steps on how you can stay nourished and active throughout the month.

1 Hydration is Important

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Fluids are crucial to keeping us functioning on the daily. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids before the start of fasting hours. It is common to get dehydrated while fasting, but severe dehydration can cause fatigue, weight loss, and the slowing down of bodily functions. Instead of gulping down soda and caffeine, take the healthier route of drinking water or fruit juices during the non-fasting hours.

Tip: You can also start your meals with broths, soups, or stews to retain hydration.

2 Exercise Strategically

To keep your body on its toes, it’s good to keep active. Although we suggest you skip overly strenuous workouts, you shouldn’t completely take workouts out of your schedule. It’s best to cut regular workouts in half or merely go for a brisk walk around your neighbourhood.

Tip: The best time to exercise is right before Iftar to avoid dehydration or if you’re up for it, the time in between Iftar and Suhoor.

3 Never Overindulge

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We get it, after a day of fasting, it’s tempting to overindulge, especially if we’re hitting up the bazaars! But keep in mind that it is the season of self-reflection, abstaining, and practising gratitude. Overindulging or feasting will cause indigestion, stomach upset, heartburn, low energy levels and even weight gain!

Tip: Go the traditional route and start with a date then move on to a simple appetiser like a soup or a salad. This helps curb the hunger pangs and allows your body to prep for the upcoming meal.

4 Breakfast is Key

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Never skip Suhoor because it acts as your breakfast and that is your most important meal of the day. The morning meal keeps your body hydrated and fuelled enough to go about the rest of your day until you berbuka. A well balanced suhoor meal can prevent you from overeating at Iftar.

Tip: Include lots of protein, complex carbohydrates, and fibre in your Suhoor meal as it helps prevent hunger pangs and keeps your body hydrated and energised for a longer period.

Why you should care

Avoid that midday slump.

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