Ramadan Health

Best times to exercise during Ramadan

Filed on June 10, 2016 | Last updated on June 10, 2016 at 04.39 pm
Best times to exercise during Ramadan


All workouts should be kept between 30 to 60 minutes and cardiovascular exercises should be limited to twice a week.

Before Suhoor

Ideally, the best time to exercise is just before Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal. It is best to drink a lot of water and wait half an hour before beginning the exercise. The workout should be limited to a low-to-medium intensity one in order to prevent muscle loss.

After Taraweeh

Another good time is to exercise after the Taraweeh prayers. You can complete a medium-to-high intensity workout at this time and also incorporate the pre- and post-workout meal.

After Iftar but before Taraweeh

The period after Iftar but before Taraweeh is the third best option. This is a suitable time for a low-medium intensity workout - but this might be a problem in the UAE since there is only around one and a half hours between Iftar and Isha, making it a bit more difficult to squeeze in an exercise schedule.

After Iftar

The fourth best option is to schedule cardiovascular exercise around a half an hour after Iftar. This could be a quick but high-intensity workout - but this should only be done after eating a light Iftar meal.

All workouts should be kept between 30 to 60 minutes and cardiovascular exercises should be limited to twice a week. Heavy exercise such as running, swimming, heavyweight training etc should be avoided, and light exercises such as push-ups, Pilates, cycling, and full-body stretching are encouraged.

Regardless of whether you're exercising before or after Iftar, if you begin to feel lightheaded, dizzy, or sick, stop all activity and rest immediately.

(Info courtesy: Human Relations Institute & Clinics)

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These prayer timings are for Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman. For Abu Dhabi, add four minutes. Deduct four minutes for Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain, and six minutes for Fujairah.

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