Three Dubai-Based Bloggers Share How They Stay Fit During Ramadan

Manal Rostom, Yasmin Baker, Gbemi Giwa, Nike Running Club App, Nike Pro Hijab
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Manal Rostom, Yasmin Baker and Gbemi Giwa don’t compromise their health routines whilst fasting

Abstaining from food, water and sleep during the hot summer months of Ramadan may be challenging, but that’s no reason to give up your exercise routine.

Bazaar meets three Dubai-based fitness influencers, who are all fasting and working out during Ramadan. Ahead, their tips to not compromising on health and wellness during the Holy month.

Manal Rostom

Coach Manal made headlines back in November for putting the Nike Pro Hijab in the spotlight at the New York City Marathon. Fast forward six months and the Egyptian athlete is now the face of Nike’s running app, that connects keen runners with trainers all over the world.

“I constantly remind myself that Ramadan is not an excuse to stop exercising,” she tells Bazaar. “To offset all the social gatherings and sweets you’re tempted to eat, you need to stay active, otherwise this really jeopardises your long-term fitness goals.”

“My top tips for keeping your diet in order are: stay away from sweetened juices (these make you thirstier) and stick to fresh juices and water, grilled proteins – like chicken and fish – keep you fuller for longer, and eat extra greens to keep your gut health strong.”

“Don’t cut down on frequency of your exercises, just cut down on intensity. I find running the easiest form of exercise because all you need is yourself and your running shoes, and you can work out anytime, anywhere – no gym timings. Use the guided audio runs on the Nike Running Club App – there is something to suit all fitness levels and goals.”

Manal Rostom

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Yasmin Baker

“The most important thing is to listen to your body and not try to push above certain limits. It’s important to maintain a sustainable pace as appose to running yourself to the ground and getting sick and having an injury."

“The way you eat in the morning is extremely important because it sets the pace for the rest of the day. That morning meal is something to be really mindful of, it can really make or break your day in terms of energy. I’m a huge egg fan, so I’ll boil a ton of eggs. Avoid salt- it dehydrates you and we are in the heat. Stay hydrated, I drink a tonne of coconut water!”

Yasmin Baker 

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Gbemi Giwa

“My favourite thing to do when I break my fasting is to have a date smoothie. I add bananas and protein powder because it keeps me feeling fuller for longer. After my smoothie I’ll go to the gym, then I’ll have a big salad with lots of greens and protein."

"For Suhoor, I love to prep overnight oats with chia seeds and berries – meal prep makes waking up at 2am so much easier!"

Gbemi Giwa

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Manal Rostom, Yasmin Baker, Gbemi Giwa, Nike Running Club App, Nike Pro Hijab
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