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Under majestic palm trees, groups would gather to listen to Prophet Mohammed. Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity sitting under an apple tree. And it was in the shade of a massive Bodhi tree that a prince found enlightenment and became the Buddha. For centuries great thinkers have found answers to life’s deepest questions in nature, while everyday people have sought both meaning and comfort there.  Trees and the vegetation around them not only provide...

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Ramadan is known to be a month full of kindness and gratitude, as well as to detox and reflect. From my experience with Muslim clients, many continue to work out throughout the Holy Month, even while they are fasting.  However, everyone reacts to fasting differently, particularly the first few days or workouts. That is why it is important to take it easy, see how you feel, and not be too hard on yourself. If working out while you are...

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We searched the Livehealthy archives for the best mental and physical advice for Ramadan: everything from what to eat, to when and how; when to workout and what to do; how to be more sustainable, more mindful and more meditative, and how to clean out your closets – and your mind. Go easy on high-intensity cardio One thing that can happen during Ramadan is that the body can enter a catabolic state. This is when the...

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If you’re thinking of trying a fast, Ramadan is a very good time to do it. But what are the rules? How many hours should you be abstaining from food? Are you still allowed tea and coffee? Should you try intermittent fasting or a fasting-mimicking diet or something like the 5:2? Or should you dive straight in with a prolonged fast? Which one best suits your goals? Are you looking for weight loss, better skin, improved...

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While many enjoy the reflective, spiritual and community aspects that are part of Ramadan, they struggle with moodiness and fatigue, which they attribute to lack of food or water during the day. The truth is that being “moody” and “tired” probably is the result of people experiencing withdrawals from addictive substances, dehydration, poor sleep, lack of exercise and eating poorly at sunset.  The research is conclusive: fasting, when done right, is healing and restorative for...

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Fasting has been around for centuries, adopted by many cultures and religions as a spiritual act designed to purify and heal the mind, body and soul. In recent times a variety of fasting diets have been touted not only as a popular mechanism for weight loss, but a route to overall better health, too. There are some key differences between fasting during Ramadan and intermittent fasting, however. Ramadan fasting periods are specified by the sun...

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There is no better time to set personal fitness goals than during the Holy Month, which is all about setting aside time to reflect, rejuvenate, break old habits and start new ones. Here’s how I managed to lose weight and build muscle last Ramadan.  Dedication  Ramadan is the most sacred month in the Islamic calendar. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, abstaining from food and drink, among other pleasures (particularly the guilty ones) but also...

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Can people with Type 2 diabetes safely attempt Ramadan fasting or should they avoid this practice? And if they do go ahead and fast, how can it be done safely? This is an even more relevant question in the MENA region and throughout the UAE, where the total prevalence of diabetes is high: 16.3 percent, compared to 9.3 percent worldwide, according to a report by the International Diabetes Federation in 2020. According to a 2019 study in Dubai,...

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For many of us, Ramadan extends beyond abstaining from pleasures like food and drink. It’s also a time of giving, a month aimed at mindful practices like Zakat, the Arabic word for purifying or cleansing, which is a top priority for Muslims during this time. What is Zakat? Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It requires Muslims to donate 2.5 percent of their wealth. This should be done once a year, and...