Navigating Fitness and Fasting During Ramadan: Insights from UOL’s Fitness Expert


Lahore, As Ramadan approaches, the question of how to maintain fitness while observing the fast becomes a topic of interest for many. Mr. Ali Hassan, a renowned fitness expert and head coach at the University of Lahore (UOL) gym, offers valuable advice on how to balance exercise and fasting during this holy month.



According to The University of Lahore, Mr. Hassan emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach encompassing a balanced diet, moderate exercise, and adequate sleep. He suggests that with careful planning and adherence to these principles, it is entirely possible to stay fit and healthy throughout Ramadan.



Diet plays a pivotal role in this balance. Mr. Hassan recommends prioritizing hydration by consuming 3 to 4 liters of water between Iftar and Suhoor, avoiding cold water and packaged beverages immediately at Iftar in favor of lemon water to replenish lost minerals and salts. He advises incorporating a mix of nutritious foods such as eggs, dates, yogurt, oats, and dry fruits into the diet while steering clear of oily and junk foods.



In terms of exercise, Mr. Hassan suggests waiting a few hours after Iftar to engage in moderate physical activity, followed by a balanced dinner. He warns against intense workouts during daylight fasting hours and recommends exercising in well-ventilated spaces, free from pollution and crowds. A 15-minute walk post-Suhoor can also complement one’s fitness routine effectively.



Sleep, Mr. Hassan, is crucial for recovery, especially during Ramadan. He advises athletes and those engaging in regular exercise to ensure they get at least 8 hours of sleep each night to support their physical endeavors.



Mr. Hassan also stresses the importance of consulting with a physician for individuals with chronic conditions or those unsure about their fitness routines during fasting. He reminds everyone to listen to their bodies and prioritize rest if feeling unwell. “Your coach can serve as your compass in this journey. Focus on maintaining form rather than breaking records. May your Ramadan be blessed and active!” he concludes.



This comprehensive guidance provided by Mr. Hassan not only aims to help individuals maintain their fitness levels during Ramadan but also encourages a healthy and balanced lifestyle that complements the spiritual observance of the month.

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