The most important thing to remember about fitness during Ramadan? Do what you can, not what you can’t. Fasting often means that you can’t operate at the same capacity as you could before- so if you’re deadlifting and running half-marathons on the daily, consider putting down the weights and switching to more low-impact sports to prevent the nasty side effects of overworking yourself.
“A drop in the sugar level can cause several other symptoms such as weakness, shaking of the hands, difficulty in speech, heart palpitations etc,” says M. Hamed Farooqi, Director of the Dubai Diabetes Centre, in an interview with Gulf News. Stay on the safe side with these low-intensity workouts.
1. Late night sweat sessions at The Room
Not many gyms go the extra mile to ensure you can stay fit between late meals and even later social commitments. The Room in Zayed Sports City, however, is different. Work out after sundown with classes from 9-10 and choose between Zumba, Pilates or Total Body Conditioning for a workout to suit your energy levels. After you’re done, reward yourself with a coffee at their Live-In Room, a lounge where you can unwind after a long day.
Contact them at: 056 331 0310, www.theroom.ae
2. Free yoga at Boxpark
Free yoga with qualified Fitness First Trainers? Sign us up! These morning classes ensure that you start your day limber, energized and chilled out. Visit Boxpark Saturday, Monday and Wednesday between 8:30 and 9 am until May 31 for a great start to your day.
3. Ramadan Night Run at Yas Marina Circuit and Dubai Autodrome
Feeling prepared for something a bit more intense? Sign up for the Ramadan Night Run and choose between 3 km, 5 km and 10 km runs depending on your ability level. Make sure to bring your family and friends for an opportunity to stay active and have fun at the same time!
More details: June 2 at Yas Marina Circuit; June 9 at Dubai Autodrome, 10.15pm to midnight, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; Dubai Autodrome, Dubai. Register by May 28 for Abu Dhabi and by June 4 for Dubai at www.premieronline.com
4. Summer Break Starter Kit at Motion Fitness Center
Challenging your body and changing thi\ngs up is an integral part of fitness. For an opportunity to try barre, TRX, pilates and dance classes, consider signing up for Motion Fitness Center’s Summer Break Starter kit for unlimited daily classes and a branded bag, vest and towel. Classes are available from early in the morning to late in the night.
More details: Available throughout May and valid for two months from purchase date, Dh1,900, Motion Ladies Fitness Center, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai, 04 328 2538, www.motionfitnesscenter.com