The holy month of Ramadan is during summer in this season where the weather is so hot in most parts of the world. As we all know that during Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk. It is important to get proper nourishment between Iftar and suhoor in order to be prepared for the next day of fasting. So fasting requires a lot of energy and commitment on part of each individual, especially when Ramadan is being led by revert heat wave.
There is no doubt that benefits of fasting during Ramadan are enormous whether they are physical, mental or spiritual. Fasting also has a number of health benefits if it is done properly, which includes removal of toxins, weight loss, and even increased mental wellbeing. But with the sizzling heat and long hours in this season, restricting fluid and food intake can also have a negative impact because fasting hours are also too long in most parts of the world.
Healthy habits during the holy month are also very important during this hot season. To not fall sick due to dehydration and the demands of this month, there are certain tips that one should surely keep in mind. In this article, we have outlined few simple tips to help you stay fit and healthy during fasting in this hot summer Ramadan.
Tips to Stay Fit and Healthy during Fasting
These are some useful tips on how to stay fit and healthy during fasting in this Ramadan.
- A fasting person needs good, nutrient-rich food that provides the energy which is necessary for the priorities of daily life when we are fasting for long hours.
- Eat real food not processed and junk foods during Ramadan. When you eat food that is pure and packed with nutrition, you will feel more satisfied.
- Stay hydrated while eating fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, squash or spinach which are mostly water and can also help to replace fluids.
- Choose whole grains for eating instead of white bread, pasta and sugary cereals because the energy of these simple carbohydrates is broken down and used quickly.
- Choose grilled, baked and steamed food instead of fried. Because fried foods are heavy in oil and that makes them harder to digest, especially when they are the first foods to be eaten after a long fast.
- Drink 10-12 glasses of water daily from Iftar to Suhoor in order to prevent dehydration.
- Have a balanced Iftar which incorporates dates, soup, salad, fruits and a small piece of Ramadan sweet.
- The most important thing is one should never skip Suhoor. It provides you with the energy to keep you going throughout the day.
- Having a workout routine is one of the best ways to keep fit and healthy during fasting. It allows your body to have a routine. Best is to exercise a couple of hours after having Iftar as it will not only help to digest food but also keeps your metabolism working.
To avoid falling sick and make the most of this blessed month of Ramadan, be sure to follow the above-mentioned tips. May everyone who observes fast in the blessed month of Ramadan has a peaceful, healthy and happy time with family, friends, and community! Ameen