Exercise in Ramadan

Lifestyle in Ramadan

The month of Ramadan brings changes in lifestyle habits including prolonged fasting, different foods and meal timing, and longer prayer activities.

Can people with prediabetes exercise in Ramadan?

Although people fast for 12-20 hours based on time zones, increased caloric intake, reduced physical activity, and altered sleep patterns can affect metabolism and may contribute to weight gain even while fasting. 

Consulting your healthcare provider is recommended to avoid negative consequences from fasting.  

Should I exercise during Ramadan?

Although rigorous exercise is not recommended during fasting due to the increased risk of hypoglycaemia and/or dehydration, you should continue to take regular or light-to-moderate exercise during Ramadan. 

This should be similar to the exercise program you had prior to Ramadan. 

Here are some general guidelines, but be sure and review these recommendations with your coach or physician before beginning exercise in Ramadan. 

What is the Ideal Amount of Physical Activity?

The recommended amount of exercise per week is 150 minutes of moderate-to-intense physical activity. This means 20 to 25 minutes of activity each day, however  avoid 2 consecutive days without physical activity

What kinds of activities count?

moderate-to-intense physical activities includes:

  • Walking briskly
  • Doing housework
  • Dancing
  • Swimming
  • Bicycling
  • Playing Sports
  • Gym Work-outs 

Please remember that the physical activity involved in Tarawih prayers, such as bowing, kneeling and rising, should be considered part of your daily exercise activities.

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