#bPrepared: Fasting and Fitness
5 Top Tips to Fast and Stay Fit.
It is Fasting season, and some of us might be skeptical when it comes to the topic of working out. Experts are of the notion that exercise and fasting work well together and could be beneficial for the human body.
Whether for personal or religious reasons, here are a few tips to help you balance fasting and working out during this season.
- Listen to your body: Don’t push yourself too hard. Avoid high intensity workouts, especially before Iftar. Instead, opt for moderate and light machine exercises like slow jogging, cycling and cross training. If you begin to feel dizzy or light-headed, take a break. Go for a carbohydrate-electrolyte drink immediately, then follow up with a well-balanced meal after the workout.
- Eat the right meals: For Suhur, eat more carbohydrate intensive meals to keep energy optimal. For Iftar, eat more protein-based meals to help your body rejuvenate. The most suitable solution for working out while fasting is to time your workout during your eating periods, so your nutrition levels are peaked.
- Stay Hydrated! Remember that water is your friend! Favour water over other fluids and beverages. A glass full every 20 minutes during your eating windows will go a long way.
- Rest: Every workout regime needs rest built into it. This could be the time to take a step back for a few days. If you must plan out a sleep schedule for the month, that will help you maintain a good balance.
The most important thing is to listen to your body and #bPREPARED for the month ahead.