Ramadan: Is it safe to exercise?
Posted: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 19:00
You may be wondering if it is a good idea to exercise while observing Ramadan. On the whole, fasting should not stop you from meeting the CMO guidelines for physical activity (150 minutes of moderate intensity activity per week). However, the choice around how to do so can be very personal and may look slightly different to usual.
There are lots of safe ways to be active during the Holy month of Ramadan and physical activity can help to boost energy. However, this may be less structured than usual and may focus on incorporating physical activity into your daily life instead.
To help you to maintain an active lifestyle while observing Ramadan, we've pulled together our 5 top tips:
- Swap a vigorous workout with lighter activity. This might include going for a walk, completing some yoga, pilates or tai chi. You can visit our Home Exercise page for gentle activity ideas.
- Consider changing the time of your workout – It may be easier or more fitting to work out in the morning before Suhoor or after breaking the fast, when you have more energy.
- Try to incorporate physical activity into your everyday routine – why not choose to walk to the mosque for evening prayers, rather than driving?
- Be sure to drink plenty of water between Iftar and Suhoor. Hydration levels will affect your energy and alertness throughout the day. It is extremely important to stay hydrated for good health.
- Listen to your body – ensure you get enough sleep, taking short naps throughout the day and don't try to do too much.
From all of us at Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire, we wish you a healthy, happy and fulfilling Ramadan.