How to stay active in Ramadan
On 02 April 2022 by Droobi
Not being able to eat or drink anything during the day can have an impact on your regular workout schedule. Whether you were exercising intensely before Ramadan, or just doing light cardio, you might have to adjust your exercise schedule.
Physical activity has an endless number of benefits, and in the case of diabetes, physical activity plays a critical role in helping control blood sugar. When your body moves more, it uses up free glucose in the blood and improves your body’s response to insulin.
However, doing intense activity on an empty stomach and not being able to bring your blood sugar levels back up might cause complications, such as hypoglycemia. So the timing of your exercise during Ramadan becomes more important.
Let’s start by splitting up your daily physical activity from your exercise routine. Your daily physical activity is any non-exercise physical activity you do in a day, like taking the stairs, walking, doing groceries, taking care of children. Your exercise routine is focused workouts aimed at increasing your fitness level, usually done at the gym or at home.
Daily physical activity
Your normal daily physical activity can continue during Ramadan. It’s healthy to move your body during the day, whether you’re fasting or not. Everyday activities like walking, taking the stairs, washing the dishes, carrying the groceries, will not have a negative impact on your blood sugar levels.
When we talk about exercise, we’re referring to structured workout sessions that typically happen in a gym or exercise class.
During Ramadan, you should keep all of your high-intensity exercises after the fasting period. Doing high-intensity exercise during your fast can lead to hypoglycemia during the fast.
If you do want to do exercise during your fast, stick to low-intensity exercises, such as walking, cycling or rowing at a moderate pace. You don’t want to get out of breath while fasting, as the faster your heart works, the more energy your body is using, which means more blood sugar is being used up by your body.