Staying active in Ramzaan, the struggle is real. Guys, seriously, unless you live in parts of the world currently experiencing winter, Iftar is going to be laaaaaateeee. If you’re determined to get a workout in despite the insane fasting times kudos and I guess I’m there with you.
I think it’s important to get some exercise weekly but my intentions for staying active are for wellness not weight loss. What worked for me was breaking my fast with some dates or bananas and a plant-based protein shake (so I wouldn’t pass out whilst exercising) and then drinking water throughout an intensive twenty-to-forty-minute workout. Going for quality, not quantity! After this I’d eat a dinner with carbs, fats, and protein. Hipsters call this a macro-bowl but I just call it YUM! Of course, there’s always some dark chocolate on the menu as well. Can I get an Ameen?
Last year I discovered high intensity interval training (HIIT) and it revolutionized my workouts. It literally means I can workout anywhere and get a really intense burn in twenty minutes or so. I’m not a fitness guru by any means – my muffin top will attest to that but here’s something I do know: finding a workout you love definitely means you’ll do it without fail. The gym isn’t for me but I have no trouble going to a ballet or Pilate’s class or doing a HIIT workout at home. In fact I love it so much, I’ve cleared out some space in our condo for me to get my sweat on.
What’s the take home here? If you love a certain type of workout, chances are you will move your booty come sundown. I don’t think working out should be a fix for something we don’t like about our bodies. My girl Davida’s (aka The Healthy Maven) mantra is my daily motivation for staying active: workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.
Your reasoning for exercise will largely shape the way you stay active. If you’re planning on working out in Ramzaan then be real with yourself and don’t workout with a destructive mindset, do it because you want to nourish your body and because you love it!
- Keep it short and sweet! Chances are you probably can’t (won’t) do your usual slog, a solid 20 minute weight or HIIT session post-Iftar three times a week might be the way to go
- Fuel your body right before and after exercise – you’ve been starving all day, EAT SOME FOOD! (Food, not junk! The Body Coach has some amazing post-workout recipes)
- Try yoga and Pilates workouts that aren’t intense (look for the gentler classes) or going for a walk
- Listen to your body – if a workout isn’t happening just #Netflix&Chill