Ramadan 2011 Prep Tip #3: Some tips to get into shape…
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the last Prep Tip post, I pointed out that we really have to get fit.
So, how do we go about doing that?
Well, here are some tips:
1) Sunnahcise our health plans.
Yeah. Do it the way the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) did it.
For example, suppose you want to get fit because you want to have more energy to worship Allah. So, your workout now becomes an act of worship (assuming your pure intention is still intact).
Why stop there? Add something from the sunnah into your health plans so that you can please Allah even more.
For example, some of the prophetic foods include dates, black seeds, talbeenah (drink made of barley), honey, etc. Try to incorporate those into your diet.
Why? Well, if it is recommended by the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam), that means that Allah loves that we eat them.
Also, there are certain activities that the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam) encouraged like archery, horse riding, etc. You can add these to your health routine as well.
In addition to these, there is also the prophetic guide on not sleeping too much nor eating too much.
Did you know that French women don’t go to the gym? Apparently, they get fit just by walking around.
You know, park a bit farther away from the destination so that you can walk more, use the stairs, go to your colleagues to ask them something instead of using the phone or gchat, etc.
To my fellow denizens of the UAE, our dear government has actually set up airconditioned walkways so that we can get fit by using our feet, instead of getting fat by using the car.
Where are the walkways, you ask?
I haven’t a clue. I just happened to read about it in the newspaper one day.
Extra tip: You can also get an pedometer to see how many steps you take per day. When I used to use one, I would make sure to walk some more just so that the number on the screen would increase…
3) Get some fresh air.
This is an issue which really affects those of us here in the UAE as we have the air conditioner switched on all the time.
In the car, in the office, at home, etc. All the time.
When are we going to get the fresh air?
Try to take a walk early in the morning or in the evening or let the windows down whilst driving (in winter, not in summer!*).
[*For those in cold countries, that would be: in summer, not in winter!]
4) Eat properly.
Everyone always said that to me but I never understood what they meant until I started to eat properly.
[It means “Eat healthy food and stop the junk food.]
How do you know that you’re eating properly? Well, perhaps it’s when every Tom, Dick and Harry stops pointing out that you look tired and pale?
5) Have a fixed time for exercise.
Whenever you want, just be sure to do it.
I think that the morning time is the best because 1) you can get it out of the way and 2) you have more energy for the rest of the day.
[Oh and 3) you have another motive to stay up after Fajr.]
I would also have added something like “work on each muscle” but I don’t want anybody to start an exercise that they’ve never done before and then proceed to feel some pain…
Now, after reading all of this, you might be thinking “Hey, I know all of this. This is old news.”
Of course, it is. Now tell me, are you fit?
If not, then what is stopping you from applying this “old news”?
Subhan Allah, there is a big difference between knowing something and then actually getting around do doing it.
We all know this stuff but most of us don’t do these things, and even if we do them, we are not regular.
So, let’s all try to be regular in getting some exercise so that we can be a bit healthier by this Ramadan which means that we will be able to do more ibaadah (worship), insha-Allah.