“We share dishes from our countries of origin, and celebrate the multiculturalism of the UAE”
Fitness trainer Mustafa Jamil usually breaks his fast in Ramadan with dates and water only with his extended family – colleagues.
“As a fitness coach, my job involves creating customized fitness and wellness plans for individuals and groups. I also assign workout routines based on clients’ physical needs and monitor their progress. I help them achieve their fitness goals. I often break my fast at work because we have clients to look after,” Jamal says. during the evening hours.
He often breaks the fast with dates and water only, followed by dinner later once the clients’ lessons of the day are over. Since Jamal breaks his fast while he works most days of the week, he only gets a chance to have breakfast with his family on holidays.
“Unfortunately, I don’t get enough time to spend the spiritual days of Ramadan with my family who sometimes insist on having breakfast with them, but it is difficult because I have clients and classes planned during the evening hours,” says Jamil, an Egyptian national. He trains clients at the Body & Soul Health Club.
“My colleagues are from a big family, and it is good for them to break their fast with them too, especially when we share the dishes of our home country – a celebration of the multiculturalism of the UAE with colleagues of different nationalities. However, I do breakfast with the family during my days off.
Is fasting recommended to exercise?
Beauty advises Muslims to exercise while fasting while avoiding fatigue and exhaustion.
“Yes, exercise is recommended for everyone because it doubles the benefits of fasting as your body goes through a process of detoxification, and your vital organs recover from the loss of nutrients (due to fasting) once we replenish them through a healthy diet and a good exercise routine. Some of the other benefits include losing weight, maintaining on strength and endurance, preventing breakdown of muscle function as a result of inactivity and extended rest,” added the fitness trainer.
He stressed that people should focus on staying fit by creating sustainable and safe exercise routines with an emphasis on nutrient-rich foods and water.
“Although the benefits of following an exercise routine in Ramadan are great, one must be careful to avoid excessive stress as it may cause dehydration and severe fatigue, which can lead to dizziness. Finally, always reach out to a trainer to incorporate a variety of exercises as This can help keep you motivated in the gym, avoid fatigue and understand exercises that can be done safely and effectively while fasting.”