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BY ANUSHKA CHANDARIA
The holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner. It is the month to detox and a healing period for the mind, body and soul. Staying fit and healthy can seem difficult during this period. This is a time when muscle mass decreases, dehydration hits, metabolism slows down and there is an overall lack of energy.
Fret not MomBosses, I’m going to share some great tips with you so that you can stay happy, healthy and fit throughout this month.
Stay active MomBosses! Let’s not use fasting as an excuse to refrain from exercise. I would recommend sticking to short workouts, 45 minutes or so of medium intensity. Some great workout options are brisk walking, swimming, yoga, a medium intensity gym workout and workouts at home. This way you’re still being active without depleting your energy. The best time to work out would be after your last meal, in the morning, or after your first meal in the evening. This way, you will have some energy to power through the workout and your metabolism won’t fluctuate too much.
Keeping your diet in check will most likely be the toughest challenge during the month of fasting and the most important. But fear not, nothing is impossible. If you are going to be working out in the morning, have a nutritious breakfast. Eggs, whole wheat bread, yogurt, fruit, nuts and avocado are great, healthy options. If you will be working out after breakfast, have a well-balanced pre-workout meal. Rice, grilled lean meat, tofu, lentils and sweet potatoes are a great option. Have another meal after your workout and before bed. (Try out my recipe for the raw bars). This way your metabolism will be maintained in order to still have enough energy. Keep meals healthy and well balanced and don’t overindulge during this month. Keep fried foods and sweet dishes to a minimum. Try and avoid processed foods and added sugars as much as possible and stick to whole foods! Be sure to include a good source of protein, some complex carbohydrates, and some essential fats in your meals. Dates are a great source of energy.
Staying hydrated is difficult during this period. Once you break your fast, make sure to drink enough water. Aim for 3 – 4 liters a day. Due to a lot of water loss from sweating during your workouts, be sure to balance out the loss by drinking water before you go to sleep. Coconut water is also a great way to replenish electrons and stay hydrated.
MomBosses, this is the season to be grateful and spend time with your friends and family. Keep Everything in moderation. Work out and eat in moderation and remember to enjoy and treat yourself once a while. It’s all about balance. Once the holy month of fasting is over, ease back into your workouts slowly. Increase the intensities as the weeks go on and keep being aware of what you eat!
MomBosses, let’s be mindful during Ramadan, and use fasting to our advantage. Sticking to well balanced meals, avoiding desserts every night, and moving your body gently will keep you feeling happy and healthy during this holy season!
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