AM: There is nothing wrong with exercising during Ramadan, as long as you exercise during the earlier morning hours so you have time to drink water before the sun comes up. Or you may choose to exercise after the sun goes down.
I definitely wouldn’t recommend exercising at 8 o’clock in the morning, and then not drinking water after your workout. You risk dehydration and harm to your body if you do not replenish what is lost after your body has released fluids through sweat.
Also, utilize times that you would normally drink something during the day as a time of study and reflection, instead of sport and play. Keep in mind that Ramadan is a cleansing time to also give our bodies a mental and spiritual workout. It is a time to discipline ourselves by abstaining from food and drink during the daylight hours.
Nevertheless, if we practice Ramadan properly, drinking a couple glasses of water in the morning to help us get through the day, we should have no problem performing our basic daily activities.
Ramadan also helps us as followers of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad to get back on track (if we have strayed) to our one meal a day and practicing “how to eat to live.” We are exercising and strengthening our will during this time. Let us use it wisely.
Please consult a physician before beginning any new workout or dietary plan.
(Audrey Muhammad is a certified personal trainer and aerobic instructor. She is the author of “The Sister’s Guide to Fitness” and creator of the KIBOS exercise video and the Get Fit to Live KIBOS Challenge. Questions and comments may be sent to [email protected].)