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Many people who fast during Ramazan can end up gaining weight instead of losing it as a result of bingeing on fried, calorie-laden food during – and after – iftar. Worse still, even some of the most athletic people stop exercising regularly during the month.

Here are a few exercising suggestions to help you maintain your weight (or even lose a few pounds) and increase your stamina during Ramazan, provided you eat in moderation:

  • Experts believe that the best time to exercise is before sehri because this is when you have the most energy. All you need to do is wake up 30 minutes before your regular sehri time and exercise. Alternatively, you can exercise an hour after a light iftar. But do remember, exercising just before iftar is not recommended by doctors because the body’s sugar level is very low at that time.
  • If you usually do cardio and resistance training, then combine them into a ‘circuit’. This will help burn more calories in a shorter time. A circuit comprises three to six different types of exercises (such as weight training, jogging and resistance training).
  • High energy routines such as the rumba, salsa, samba or cha-cha-cha are an ideal option for young people. These workout routines help build bones, strengthen muscles and sharpen balance and coordination. Keep the routine short enough to be regular.
  • Other exercises that will also do the trick are swimming and a 30-minute walk around the block.

It is recommended to have a medical checkup done prior to continuing your exercise regime during Ramazan.

– Dr Summaiya Syed-Tariq
The writer is a forensic practitioner and freelance writer.

First published in the Health Advertiser Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 8, 2012.

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