With Ramadan just around the corner (where is the time going?) and preparations for Iftar feasts and spiritual practices well underway, we often forget to treat our bodies the right way. From eating 3-4 meals a day to suddenly introducing a 15-16 hour fast is almost brutal to our body and leads to unhealthy binge eating in the small amount of time that we get to eat.
However, it’s never too late to introduce small changes in our lifestyles. These small changes don’t just improve our physical health including digestion, glucose levels, and heart health but also lead to heightened energy levels as well as positive mental health. Here are 5 ways you can make this Ramadan your healthiest one yet.
Play your Favorite Sport
A lot of us don’t like to engage in proper work out routines or might not have a gym membership. A great alternative to boring workouts and expensive memberships can be playing our favorite sport. Be it cricket, tennis, badminton or basketball; sports are a great way to get the exercise that your body needs while keeping you motivated to continue it.
Keep your Vitals in Check
Diabetics, heart patients and those suffering from chronic diseases may be at risk of worsening their condition if they do not keep their vitals in check. A diabetic might not be able to go so long without eating if proper care is not taken. It is advisable to keep a weekly check of sugar levels, cholesterol, blood pressure, and other long-term conditions to fast during the whole month.
Just because you’re fasting, doesn’t mean you can’t continue your workout routine. Ask your trainer to modify your diet according to your timings for fasting and continue taking your protein shakes. When we fast, our bodies become efficient fat burners, making Ramadan a great opportunity to shed some pounds.
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
As your body starts to regulate its systems because of improved eating patterns and digestion, your skin will start to feel the benefits. Take advantage of the situation and give your skin the attention it needs. Make sure you follow a skin cleansing routine and don’t skimp out on sunscreen and moisturizer!
Don’t Miss Your Supplements
Before Ramadan starts, get a comprehensive medical check-up. This will help you know what your body is deficient in hence what your diet should be like moving forward. Your doctor will tell you whether you need to take supplements for essential vitamins and minerals that your body lacks.