Written by: Carin Timskog
Yes, why shouldn’t you work out during Ramadan? I say this with a smile on my face and with a warm feeling in my heart because your training is important. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, it’s difficult to take care of others. If you already have an established routine, I hope you’re continuing. If you’re not yet consistent, I’m encouraging you to get started. Continue to read and get inspired to why you should workout during Ramadan.
I normally don’t use the word “should”, but when it comes to fitness and having a physical active lifestyle, there are few that shouldn’t take part in it, if any. Our body has rights over us, and our body has been given to us in trust. But it’s also part of the perfect religion of Islam to be in good health.
A healthy heart is linked to a healthy mind, just like these are linked to a healthy body. In order to gain as many rewards as we can and be of the most benefit to others, we need to be strong and energized.
When we eat well, we feel well. When we take care of our body, we will have self-esteem from within. It’s just something miraculous that happens from within when you’re taking care of yourself. When that inner strength is shining through, you’ll feel unstoppable!
Often we try to hide or express ourselves in high heels and fancy clothes. But there is nothing better to do for our self-esteem than consistently working on it on a profound level. No fancy handbags or shoes will ever make up for how good you can feel when you’re feeling awesome from with! That comes from believing in yourself and executing actions that bring you closer to your goals, as well as being content with the level you’re at.
To consistently do your training, is surely something that boosts your happy hormones.
But dear ladies, and I’m smiling as I’m writing this, because I know it’s so easy to push yourself. You might think you’re too tired to workout during Ramadan, so you’ll skip it all together. Just like you as a new mum, wouldn’t think that 15 or 20 minutes would be worth anything. Let’s drop this “All-Or-Nothing” principle. You don’t have to be so hard on yourself. You shouldn’t actually.
Find something that works for you. Something that you can manage and something that makes you feel even better than you do right now. Whether that is Pilates, Stretching and Flexibility, Walking, Bodyweight Training, or Strength Training.
Chill out and move. Breathe and stretch out. Work with your body, not against it.
In my 9 years as a Muslimah, I’ve always worked out before Iftar and breaking of the fast. This has worked for me, and is still working best for me, but it has also been the only option I’ve ever considered.
The month of Ramadan is a month of drawing closer to Allah SWT. It’s a month of reflection and it’s a month of fasting, where you have the opportunity to really be mindful. Use this to be mindful about your well being and be even more present in your body, as you are when you’re working out.
Many women are stressed and many women lack self-esteem. But no need to search from the outside, you have all what you need from within. You just need to give yourself time and space to acknowledge it. So give yourself this month to focus on worship, and to focus on your training. You deserve that.
Do you have a sister that also needs to be inspired to workout regularly? Share this blog post with her and stay strong together.
Thank you & Energetic Regards,
Carin is a Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach from Sweden, with twenty years of experience within the fitness industry. She’s a stay-at-home mum in Morocco, while she’s also working online with her female, online coaching clients.