And the Most Popular Workout During Ramadan Is …
Those who work out during Ramadan prefer a lower intensity workout, according to fitness app, GuavaPass.
Members of the app, which allows users to access multiple studios across the Middle East and Asia for one price per month, are responsible for an increase of 68 percent of yoga class bookings during the Holy Month. Stretching and toning classes have also been more in demand while many are fasting, as they show a 23 percent increase and 10 percent increase respectively.
Classes of a higher intensity, such as weight training, dropped in bookings by 43 percent. Gymnastics decreased by 31 percent and Pole Dancing by 18 percent.
The results are not surprising. Working out while fasting isn't easy, and high intensity workouts when you're already dehydrated is usually a bad idea. That's why most fasters prefer lower intensity workouts if they will exercise pre-Iftar, and high intensity post-iftar.
"During Ramadan, we are already at a caloric deficit throughout the day, so doing cardio would be more detrimental to the body because you would be overworking it while fasting. However, working out after the fast is open to almost any type of workout," says Nour Samaha, a 21-year-old Palestinian American Power Weightlifter.
But others believe that you can still go for an intense workout while you're fasting if you have the energy. Yasmine Kubba, US-based personal trainer and international coach says that she doesn't shy away from circuit workouts during Ramadan. If you ate well and properly hydrated the night before, and got a good night's sleep, you can work out just as hard in Ramadan as you do during the rest of the year.
But if you are feeling dehydrated, cut back on circuit/HIIT, then focus more on strength training and low to medium intensity cardio.
It's all about listening to your body. Namaste.