Ramadan in UAE: Busy fitness trainer has Iftar with colleagues, calls them his extended family – News

Ramadan in UAE: Busy fitness trainer has Iftar with colleagues, calls them his extended family – News

‘We share dishes from our native nations, rejoice UAE’s multiculturalism’


Published: Sun 24 Apr 2022, 2:51 PM

Last up to date: Sun 24 Apr 2022, 4:10 PM

Fitness teacher Mustafa Gamel normally breaks quick in Ramadan with dates and water solely together with his prolonged household – his colleagues.

“As a health coach, my job entails creating tailor-made health and wellness plans for people and teams. I additionally assign train routines based mostly on purchasers’ bodily wants and monitor their progress. I assist them in reaching their health targets. I usually break the quick at work as a result of we’ve purchasers to take care of throughout the night hours,” says Gamel.

He usually breaks his quick with solely dates and water, adopted by dinner later as soon as purchasers’ courses are wrapped up for the day. Since Gamel breaks quick whereas on obligation a lot of the week, he solely will get a possibility to have Iftar together with his household on days off.

“Sadly, I’m not getting sufficient time to spend religious days of Ramadan with my household who do generally insist on having Iftar with them however it’s troublesome as a result of I’ve purchasers and courses deliberate throughout the night hours,” says Gamel, an Egyptian nationwide, who trains purchasers at Body & Soul Health Club.



“My colleagues are extra of an prolonged household, and it’s good to interrupt the quick with them too, particularly after we share dishes of our native nation – celebrating UAE’s multiculturalism with colleagues of various nationalities. However, I do get to have Iftar with household throughout my days off,” provides Gamel, who has been a UAE resident for the previous 4 years.

Is train beneficial throughout fasting?

Gamel recommends Muslims to train whereas fasting however keep away from over-exertion and burn-out.

“Yes, train is beneficial for everybody as a result of it doubles the advantages of fasting as your physique goes by a cleansing course of, and your important organs get better from the lack of vitamins (attributable to fasting) as quickly as we replenish them by a nutritious diet and good work-out routine. Some of the opposite benefits embody weight reduction, sustaining energy and endurance, and stopping a breakdown in muscle operate on account of prolonged inactivity and relaxation,” added the health coach.

He confused that folks ought to concentrate on sustaining their health by creating sustainable and protected train routines whereas concentrating on nutrient and water-rich meals.


“Although the advantages of following a work-out routine in Ramadan are vital, one should be cautious to keep away from over-exertion as it might trigger acute dehydration and fatigue, which can lead to dizziness. Finally, all the time join with an teacher to include a spread in workouts as that may assist in holding you motivated within the gymnasium, avoiding burn-out and an understanding on what workouts could be performed safely and successfully while fasting,” added Gamel.

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