Ramadan is just around the corner and is the holiest month of the year. The list taking in physical and mental health benefits of Ramadan goes long.
While Muslims around the globe fast during the holy month of Ramadan they have their outcomes out of it. While some people make their spiritual health a priority in Ramadan, many others plan to achieve their fitness goals in this holy month.
Common Mistakes During Ramadan
No matter what your fitness goals are, there is a lot you can achieve but even lose (talking about your muscles). Unknowingly or unknowingly, people tend to commit mistakes that tend to affect their health adversely.
I remember my cousin who was going to a renowned bones specialist doctor in Islamabad for her treatment skipped her workout routine and medication and ended up with even bigger trouble. Here are some of the common mistakes people made in Ramadan.
1- Skipping A Workout
Many people believe as they are fasting for many hours, they don’t need to work out. Moreover, many people find it difficult to have a proper workout schedule for working out while fasting and for many others, low stamina is the cause due to which they miss their workouts. However, it is recommended to never skip a workout in Ramadan and do as much as you can. Be it 10 minutes or 1 hour, make sure it stays in your routine.
2- Drinking Too Much Water At Once
Many people tend to mess up their hydration routine because they are fasting. Before beginning their fast or while breaking the fast, many people consume huge quantities of water. Remember you can’t get rid of your thirst at once and you don’t have water storing organs in your body. Ensure that you are not consuming too much water at once.
3- Eating Too Much food in Suhoor and Iftar
Another common mistake people make during Ramadan is that they overeat while keeping or breaking their fast. This is one of the major reasons behind people gaining weight and compromising their health.
Not only eating too much but eating nutritionally inadequate and foods rich in sugary content and refined carbs is another major cause of the problem. The key to healthy eating is splitting your meal into many parts and ensuring an interval between two consecutive meals.
4- Lack of sleep
Ramadan induces some major changes in our routine and one of them is the altered sleep schedule. Many people find it difficult to wake up for suhoor so they remain awake till dawn. Moreover, sleeping in phases can trouble your overall routine and harm your immune system in particular. Thus, people who are not able to manage their sleep schedule during Ramadan are prone to various health problems and may remain constantly fatigued or tired.
Keeping fast for most of the day along with very little eating window makes people deprived of water. Keeping yourself hydrated becomes the mission impossible and many people find themselves struggling to maintain their water intake levels. Dehydration can cause many health problems including fatigue and uncontrolled sugar craving. Apart from that long term dehydration can make fasting difficult for people.
6- Skipping suhoor
Due to the shorter duration of suhoor, many people find it convenient to skip their pre-dawn meal before the fast. This keeps them deprived of the energy needed to perform the routine tasks making it difficult to fast. Moreover, skipping your suhoor increases your likelihood of overeating after iftar. Thus, rather than skipping your necessary meals, you should find a balance to keep yourself healthy during Ramadan.
Ramadan is the month of blessing offering a range of physical and mental health benefits. If utilized properly, the month of Ramadan can be beneficial for the people in both the long and short terms. However, it completely varies from person to person and their proper planning determines how much they get out of it. Eating a balanced diet at the proper time, ensuring physical activity, keeping yourself hydrated and staying physically active can help you to a healthy Ramadan.