A guide to en­sure you can soar in Ra­madan

Red Bull ath­lete shares his top tips

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Achange in your eat­ing and sleep­ing pat­terns doesn’t have to af­fect your health and fit­ness rou­tine. Here, Red Bull wake­board ath­lete Omeir Saeed gives his do’s and don’t’s dur­ing Ra­madan.

Don’t skip Suhoor

Suhoor is ba­si­cally like break­fast where you should eat some­thing fill­ing. I don’t like to eat too much so early in the morn­ing though, so usu­ally I have a sand­wich around 03:00 as bread stops me getting hun­gry. Skipping this meal makes fast­ing dur­ing the day ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.

Do avoid salty food

Your body needs nu­tri­tious food, not junk, so en­sure you don’t eat a lot of salt or fried foods be­cause it’ll just make you thirsty, with­out ben­e­fit­ting you through­out the day.

In­stead, you should eat plenty of rice, beans or oats as they re­lease en­ergy slowly keep­ing you go­ing for longer.

Don’t over in­dulge

The temp­ta­tion af­ter go­ing all day with­out food is to just stuff your­self as soon as you can.

It’s im­por­tant to break your fast slowly. Start with some dates, as they’re a good source of vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, en­ergy, sugar and fiber.

I’ll also have soup or rice and drink Ara­bic tea.

Do drink a lot of wa­ter

It’s re­ally im­por­tant to drink a lot of wa­ter be­fore Morn­ing Prayer be­cause it’s go­ing to get you through the next 12 hours.

I leave it as late as pos­si­ble be­fore I drink at least two litres, at around 03:45, to make sure my body can cope with­out food for the day ahead.

Don’t miss sleep

Our rest­ing pat­terns are a bit dis­rupted dur­ing the month of Ra­madan but you should al­ways en­sure you don’t miss out on sleep. I just change the hours I rest.

So I’ll sleep around 01:00, wake around 03:00 to eat and pray then sleep again un­til about 10:00.

Do go to the gym

Try work­ing out for around 45 min­utes in the evening, around 17:30 dur­ing Ra­madan. As a wake­boarder it’s im­por­tant for me to be in the gym to keep my body fit, but also I need to work the ca­bles later on in the evening, around 22:00, just to keep the body ac­tive.

Don’t for­get to ex­er­cise

It’s easy to use Ra­madan as an ex­cuse to not get fit be­cause your nor­mal rou­tine is dis­turbed so be smart with when you work­out.

Find the en­ergy to ex­er­cise an hour or so be­fore you eat be­cause your body will be crav­ing food af­ter a work­out.

Do keep up en­ergy lev­els

Be­fore I go wake­board­ing, es­pe­cially dur­ing the holy month, I’ll drink a can of Red Bull be­fore I hit the wa­ter to give me enough sugar to boost my en­ergy lev­els.

As an ath­lete it’s im­por­tant that I’m still able to per­form at a high stan­dard even with a lack of food and wa­ter.

Wake up: Omeir Saeed is a wake­board­ing star in the UAE and Red Bull ath­lete.

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