Don’t worry; it’s do-able.
BuzzFeed Health talked to registered dietitian Shireen Hakim, M.S., M.P.H., and John Berardi, Ph.D., author of Intermittent Fasting and founder of Precision Nutrition, about the ins and outs of exercising while fasting for Ramadan. Be sure to talk to your doctor before exercising during a fast.
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When it comes to timing your workouts, it really depends on your energy levels and schedule.
Hakim says that you can pretty much work out whenever is best for your work, life, prayer schedule and energy levels. Berardi agrees and says there's no one way to exercise during Ramadan that's necessarily better or will yield better results than any other. “Do what works for you,” he says.
That said, you probably don't want to exercise midday, when it's been hours since you've eaten and you still have a few hours before you can break the fast, says Hakim. You'd be starting the workout low on fuel and water, which can lead to dehydration, injury, and just a crappy workout.
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Here are few of the best times to work out during Ramadan:
You could time your workout to end just before iftar so that your fast-breaking date and post-workout snack are one in the same.
You could work out after you break the fast so that your main iftar meal acts as your post-workout recovery.
You could exercise after your main evening meal, then have a snack after that if you're still hungry.
You could exercise before suhoor so that your morning meal comes right after your exercise.
“Everyone knows their bodies so if they're comfortable and healthy, everyone should do what works best for them,” Hakim says.
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