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Muslims try hard to keep their activities normal during the holy month of Ramadhan without compromising the stamina and fitness. Following are some useful tips while engaging in cycling during Ramadhan, which can be draining:
- Timing – A bit of flexibility might help. Do it when you feel you have the energy and can do it with intensity is better than a workout you squeeze in and do hurriedly. The best time to workout is about just before iftar (the meal that breaks the fast). If you wake up to eat suhoor and don’t mind waking up about an hour early, this can be a great time to get in any workout, since you can eat as soon as you are done.
- Ramadhan is not a time to be pushing yourself hard. You can do indoor training by putting your bike on an indoor trainer for short workouts
- Do keep workouts short, about 30 minutes to a maximum of 60 minutes
- Headache is quite common during Ramadan and if you have a headache do not continue cycling
- Make sure you are keeping well hydrated – before, during and after cycling. Do drink plenty of water between the hours of iftar and suhur
- Fruit and vegetables ensure a balanced diet and assist in keeping healthy
- Avoid fried and spicy foods as they may cause heartburn or indigestion
- Lastly, organise your timetable so that you get enough sleep