Do you really need to exercise in Ramadan?
Here’s why fasting fitness matters & how to make exercise work for YOU this Ramadan

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In 2015, Amanah Fitness surveyed 500 Muslims on their past exercising habits in Ramadan. Here’s what survey results revealed:

The vast majority of Muslims (89%) responded that exercise is important during Ramadan. However, when it came to actual fitness practices, only 10% exercised regularly! 90% of Muslims in our study from all over the world were inconsistent in their exercise during Ramadan, despite acknowledging its importance.

Why do you think so many Muslims want to exercise in Ramadan, but find it so difficult to follow through?

Summarise it! Guidelines for Ramadan Fasting Fitness:

  1. If you do NOT plan on exercising in Ramadan, ensure you maximise movement and avoid excessive sedentary behaviour throughout the fasting day to keep energy levels high (read the WHY YOU SHOULD EXERCISE IN RAMADAN article to know your options!)
  2. If you DO plan on exercising in Ramadan:
  • Prioritise hydration during non-fasted hours (read the WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU EXERCISE WHILE DEHYDRATED article to understand why this is so critical!)
  • Consider Ramadan a time to MAINTAIN strength and cardio. Work on consistency, not personal best records or significant strength gains.
  • Exercise 1-5 times per week according to one of the 5 fitness schedules outlined in the WHEN TO EXERCISE IN RAMADAN article.
  • Reduce exercise DURATION (shorter workouts) and INTENSITY (workout at a submaximal level) to ensure safety as per guidelines in the WHAT TYPES OF EXERCISE SHOULD I DO IN RAMADAN article.
  • Avoid high-intensity or long-distance intense endurance training such as marathon running or long-distance cycling.
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