What should you eat? That’s a pertinent question at any time of the year but during Ramadan it assumes greater significance. With only two meals to get you through the day, needless to say, they should be well balanced and wholesome.
But the diet that most people follow is far from nutritious. “Poor eating habits and wrong choices of food often result in unhealthy practices and alter the health benefits that Ramadan brings,” says Lubna Abdussalam Dhalani, Dietician at Aster Clinic in Bur Dubai.
This time of year is about reflection, self-control and being more mindful of those who are less fortunate. So you might be forgiven for assuming that exercise routines can slip for the duration – after all, when the tank is empty after 15 hours or so of no food or water, it must be counterproductive to engage in strenuous physical exercise, right?
Wrong, says Dr Nasrullah Jakhrani, a GP at Aster Clinic in Bur Dubai. “Most people are of the opinion that exercise during Ramadan is not advisable. However, moderate physical activity during Ramadan is a healthy practice – it helps keep control over excess body weight that could be gained during the holy month,” he says.
“High-intensity workouts that strain the body are definitely not advised; however, activities like brisk walking, cycling etc, are to be continued. The best time to exercise is before suhoor or after taraweeh prayers.”
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