The Muslyfe team has been hard at work preparing ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually, what with Ramadhan being a mere 30 days away as of today. As eager as we all are for the arrival of Ramadhan, a few preparations have to take place to ensure that its arrival would be welcomed on our part with optimum preparedness. Today, we will share our own tips and tricks as to how we can be as physically ready as we can for this long-awaited month.
- Boost stamina and endurance
The fasting month is a month filled with magical miracles and it’s no surprise that we all want to make full use of this marvelous phenomenon of a month. However if we lack physical preparation, we would for sure be sleeping the whole day out of fatigue, for all our energy has already been used up on whatever activity we took part in the day (frustratingly, even activities that require the littlest amount of effort can easily tire us out). To make sure this doesn’t happen, we have to build up endurance and stamina so we can last the whole day.
Pro-Tip: Start exercising at least five times a week, 30 minutes per day. It can be anything- Circuit training, strength work-outs, jogging- Anything you like. With every week, increase the intensity of the preferred work-out, i.e. Go up from 30 minutes of jogging to 35 minutes. What’s important is to maintain a disciplined routine where no work-out get skipped just because you “don’t feel like it”. This way, not only just your stamina and endurance increases, but so does your metabolism which is ideal for the less frequent eating in Ramadhan slows down your metabolism.
- Watch what you eat
Food, as we all know, play a huge role in our daily lives for they are the fuel that keeps us going. Given that we pay attention to our daily nutrition intake and reduce the consumption of empty calories, our bodies will definitely become Ramadhan-ready by the times the fasting month arrives.
Pro-Tip: Get used to not eating sugary and processed foods and lean more towards the intake of nutritious foods that not only provide energy for fasting but will result in an overall more healthy body to take on Ramadhan. Eat more lean protein like chicken to maintain muscle, greens, fibre such as oatmeal to keep yourself full all day long and hydrating fruits such as pears and watermelon.
- Maintain hydration
For some people who live in certain areas in the world, Ramadhan usually falls when the weather is especially scorching. This is a huge reason why a lot of people experience fatigue regardless of the amount of food they take prior to fasting- People tend to forget to hydrate themselves.
Pro-Tip: Practice drinking a minimum of eight glasses of water a day, that is, around 2 litres of water per day. Add some fun to it- Put in any kind of fruit you like into your water to make it into fruit-infused water.
- Eat in moderation
For the food lover in all of us, we naturally want to eat as much as we can especially when the spread is exceptionally well-cooked. To prepare ourselves for Ramadhan, however, we have to be persistent in eating in moderation, for overeating is dangerous and looked down upon in Islam. As said by Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala in Surah Al-A’raf:
“O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess,”
When you are hungry, merely eat to rid of the hunger but not to a point where you become sluggish, lazy and unproductive.