TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - When fasting, there is no food and drink intake to your body all day. As a result, body energy reduces and it will be hard to do heavy activities. To stay active, there are several light exercises that can be done when fasting.
Cited from the Siloam Hospitals page, the following is the list of exercises that are doable when you are fasting:
Yoga is a type of exercise that can be done at home and does not require a huge load of energy. This exercise focuses on the breathing technique to stretch the muscles and relax the brain. Yoga also helps to calm the mind and increase sleep quality.
Walking is a light physical exercise that does not require a lot of energy. Regular walking is beneficial for maintaining a healthy body, especially for the heart, bones, and muscles.
Pilates can also be an alternative to light exercise during the fasting period. This exercise can be adjusted to the abilities and needs of each individual. Pilates is good for improving posture, dealing with stress, and increasing muscle strength.
Cycling while fasting can be done at close range to avoid too much energy loss. This exercise is useful for burning fat and calories and is healthy for the heart and muscles. Light cycling before breaking the fast can make the mind calmer and relieve stress.
Jogging with light intensity can be done in the morning when there is still a lot of stored energy and in the afternoon before the fast-breaking time to use up the rest of the energy. You can jog for 30 minutes but must stop immediately if feeling tired.
- Tai Chi
Tai Chi is also a light exercise that is doable while fasting. It has a light intensity and can be done before suhoor or in the morning before doing your daily activities. Tai chi is good for muscle stability, cognitive function, and body flexibility.
- Sit up and push up
Sit-ups and push-ups can be done while fasting and don't require a lot of energy. Sit-ups are good for improving flexibility, forming abdominal muscles, and reducing the risk of hip pain. Meanwhile, push-ups can maintain body stability and strengthen the chest muscles.
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