Stay Active This Ramadan
Ramadan is in full swing and Muslims everywhere are keenly observing the fasting month. While embracing the period with a sense of heightened spirituality, empathy, kindness and compassion, Muslims are also encouraged to continue their daily routines and to stay active this ramadan as much as possible.
Part of that routine usually includes an active lifestyle. Despite their best intentions, this may prove difficult for those who are fasting. Many people equate an active lifestyle with going to the gym or going for runs.
We’re proposing a different approach to staying active, with suggestions that aren’t just useful for the fasting month, but for your long-term health as well.
- Enrich your Mind
If you can’t train the body, keeping your mind sharp is a great alternative, necessary for an active lifestyle. Some benefits of mental stimulation include less stress, improved memory and increased focus. If you have the time, you could try learning a new language. Doing so will boost your ability to process and memorise information increase your concentration levels. Learning with a buddy would also be very helpful in keeping you motivated.
If that seems like a severe undertaking, simpler games like Soduku and chess would also do the trick. The key is to keep yourself engaged without taxing your body too severely. Additionally, these games will also help to distract you and pass the time.
- Get the Right Diet
Another way to minimise any sense of lethargy in the day is to ensure that you eat the right things in your pre-dawn and evening meals. Stay away from fried food and carbohydrates like white rice, noodles or cereal. Simple carbohydrates don’t last as long and you’ll feel hungry sooner. You’ll also have to drop the morning coffee, it will only dehydrate your body further. Instead, switch to water (lots of it!).
Focus on eating proteins like chicken, fish and beef. Good nutritional choices can stop you feeling weak during the late afternoon. Altering your diet can not only benefit you during the fasting month, but also aid you in developing a habit of eating healthy that would serve you well in the long run. Plus, you’ll have fun trying to put together meals like these!
- Low-Intensity Exercises
Trying to maintain your usual fitness routine might be difficult and inadvisable as you are starting each day on a caloric deficit. If you overexert yourself, you may face issues such as low blood sugar and dizziness. Unless you’re an athlete, it may be best to cut-back on your usual routine.
If you truly feel the need to get moving with some form of exercise, then perhaps consider doing some low-intensity activities like walking or cycling. You will still burn calories and be able to feel fit without compromising your health. You needn’t kill yourself at the gym every time by going hardcore. These low-key exercises can even be done when you’re older.
- Participate in Team Games
Socialising in larger groups can make it much easier to stay active. While physical games like ultimate frisbee or football are not ideal, you could choose to participate in indoor team-building games. Whether you go with your friends or colleagues, such games allow you to develop a closer bond between people, which is always encourage.
Even if you are sick of escape room games, there are other games such as building games, Quidditch and a game with giant colour cards like you’ve never experienced before! Check out the video below.
These games let you have fun without putting a physical strain on you. It’s also a great excuse for people to break fast together after having fun a whole lot of fun and laughter.
Hopefully, these suggestions have sparked some ideas for you on how to stay active without getting too physical.
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