How we're supporting you
If you're fasting for Ramadan, we will be posting frequent advice and tips on Facebook, and our fitness instructors can help you keep active and healthy during the holy month. Alternatively, you have the option to freeze your membership for free. If you would like to do so, please complete your details below.
Tips and tricks to help you stay active this holy month.
Extended opening hours!
We have extended our mixed gym opening hours to accommodate those fasting for Ramadan.
We are here to support you this holy month, every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between Monday 4th April and Thursday 28th April we will be open from 6.00am - 1.00am.
From the hours of 9.30pm - 1.00am the changing rooms will be closed but the downstairs toilet will be available.
What are the best times for exercise during Ramadan?
Dr Javaid suggests exercising after the Taraweeh prayers at night. It is a time when adequate meals and water is consumed to help during workout. One can consume juices and other liquids during the workout too. Some exercises can also be done after breaking the fast or just before Suhur.
What kind of exercise should be done?
High intensity exercises that throw the pulse rate to above 150 per minute should be avoided, particularly if you have yet to break the fast. Doing slow or moderate exercises are advised. Experts suggest brisk walk, slow jogging, cycling, cross training and light machine exercises at gym for the Ramadan.
Above all, eating a balanced diet and taking adequate amount of liquids are necessary to help maintain a healthy exercise routine during the month. Intake of carbohydrates is encouraged during suhur which helps to stay energetic. Taking protein rich diet after breaking the fast helps the body to rejuvenate.
What kind of exercise shouldn't be done?
We have already covered the things you should be doing more of when it comes to keeping active during Ramadan, but what about the things you should avoid doing altogether?
• Do not do any high intensity exercises like sprinting or heavy weight lifting (go for lighter than you would normally push) as it could cause joint or muscle injuries and also lead to complications such as low blood pressure, hypoglycaemia and dizziness
• Do not continue training if you feel weak, dizzy or sick. Although you are training, lowering your usual exercise intensity is essential to staying fit and healthy
• Do not eat lots of fried and fatty foods as it will counteract with the hard work you are doing
Timing your exercise during Ramadan is very important. Some people may find it easier to work out first thing after a good night’s rest, others may prefer working out on an evening to help them to unwind.
Whatever time suits you, we have a range of low impact workout classes, swimming sessions and gym equipment for you to enjoy here at the centre. Otherwise, why not take a gentle jog or a walk now the weather is warming up? Simply choosing to walk to the mosque for evening prayer rather than drive or taking the stairs as opposed to the lift are other ways to help you keep active.
Ramadan Mubarak everyone!