Ramadan-o-rama: Practical Tips for a Challenging Month

By FLG

Are you ready for Ramadan? You don’t have to be, but here are some tips to help keep fitness in your life during this challenging month.

Fitness

  • Work out close to iftar time (30 - 40 mins prior)

  • If you’re already active, don’t shoot for the stars. Focus on keeping your body trained

  • If you’re inactive, it’s a good time to set small, daily goals (ex. five push-ups a day)

  • Some activity is better than none

  • Be gentle on yourself

  • If you don’t exercise, it’s okay!

Work out just prior to iftar time. Image by Emma Simpson @esdesignisms.

Work out just prior to iftar time. Image by Emma Simpson @esdesignisms.

Nutrition

  • Drink a lot of water with your meal - aim to drink 1 more glass than you usually would with a meal

  • Eat foods that take longer to digest (ex. nuts, avocados, meats, cheese, chickpeas)

  • When you break your fast, try to your best to eat slowly

  • Try having two mini iftars instead of one massive meal

  • Limit your sambusas, rooh afza, falooda, spring rolls, jelabis, chips, ice-cream sundaes, pakoras, taquitos, gulab jamuns, and other festive delights for special occasions (ex. THE END OF RAMADAN - EID!)

Image by Sara Dubler @ _ahungryblonde_

Image by Sara Dubler @ _ahungryblonde_

Ramadan is a time of sensitivity. If you feel bloated, you’re not able to drink Pepto-Bismol or pop a TUMS. Eat until you’re satisfied, but remember tomorrow is on its way.