While Ramadan is mostly about faith and family, it also a time to push yourself to your full potential. Though fasting for half the day may affect your usual workout routine, by staying mindful of nutrition and hydration, you can still maintain your commitment to exercise during The Holy Month.
If you need a little nudge in the direction of fitness this Ramadan, the Ramadan Night Runs are being held in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai this year – at Yas Circuit on June 2nd and Dubai Autodrome on June 9th. For anyone who rents in Motor City or lives on Yas Island, this adventurous night-time event is practically on your doorstep.
The runs themselves are targeted at runners of all levels – so whether you’re a first-time jogger or a full-time athlete, there’s no excuse not to get involved.
What are the Ramadan Night Runs?
The Ramadan Night Runs are community events held once a year during Ramadan. The event unites individuals from all walks of life and levels of ability and fitness to run a distance of 10km, 5km or 3km – once the sun has set.
In the spirit of Ramadan and community, this is not strictly a race. Everyone who crosses the finish line at the Ramadan Night Run will be rewarded with a bespoke medal made exclusively for the event. But for those that finish competitively in the first 3 runs of their age groups, there are also trophies to be won. So let your competitive spirit fly as freely as you want it to.
What are the Race dates and entry prices?
The Abu Dhabi event is on Friday, June 2nd from 10.15pm in Abu Dhabi Yas Circuit – so anyone who lives near Yas Island should book their place quickly.
The Dubai event is the following week, Friday, June 9th, from 10.15pm in Dubai Autodrome.
Each 10km and 5km run starts at 10.15pm while the 3km starts at 10.20pm. Then the after race presentations and awards for all three run will start at midnight.
The fees for both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the same – 3km: 90 AED, 5km: 120 AED, 10km: 140 AED.
Additionally, anyone who wishes to just watch the run will not be charged to enter the venues.
what else you need to know
After registering, each participant will be issued a unique race number and ‘timing chip’ for whatever race they are registered into (it is organised by age group). In order to ascertain your position, your race number and ‘timing chip’ must be worn at all times during the run.
Why you should exercise during Ramadan
Some people maintain their exercise routine during Ramadan for spiritual reasons, others keep it up to stick to pre-existing fitness goals while there are some just trying to make sure that they don’t gain too much weight during the Holy Month.
How you exercise during Ramadan is up to you, your routine and your exercise preferences. Whether it’s doing weight-training after a light iftar meal or going for a run on an empty stomach, find the way to keep healthy during Ramadan that works best for you.
Here are some tips to stay healthy when exercising during Ramadan:
- Keep your workout short, around 30 minutes is ideal – do not exceed 60 minutes.
- Light cardiovascular exercise like walking or cycling will burn calories and get you sweating but won’t overexert your body too much. Avoid any exercise with high-intensity such as sprints or heavy lifting.
- Between the hours of Iftar and Suhoor, drink adequate water. Coconut water is a good way to maintain the electrolytes that may have been diminished during your fast.
- At Iftar and Suhoor meals, avoid the tempting fatty and fried foods and instead eat as many whole grains, protein and fresh fruit and vegetables as you can.
- If you feel dizzy or sick during exercise, stop. Listen to your body and respect it enough to push it only to where it is comfortable going.