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    Staying active in Ramadhan

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    Health and fitness is something not many people focus on during the month of Ramadhan. Staying active in Ramadhan is just as important as it is in any other month. Physical, mental and spiritual development should be out aim. Connecting with Allah through worship becomes difficult if you physically are not looking after yourself. The foods that you eat in Ramadhan are essential in ensuring you have the energy to fulfill your goals and plans. Equally important is saying active. Continue reading

    FREE Ramadhan Workout Guide

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    Last year, a friend and I put together a Ramadhan Workout Guide which we sold to raise money for charity. This year, we have decided to offer it as a free download for everyone to benefit. This FREE Ramadhan Workout Guide is written by myself, a trained Doctor and Personal Trainer, and a medical student bringing together scientific research around exercise and food intake that applies when fasting. You can download your copy here. Please feel free to share with your family and friends!

    In the coming days, I will be posting a series of tips on various Ramadhan related topics which I hope you find useful. In shaa Allah Ramadhan 2017 proves to be one that we can maximise our worship in and develop ourselves further.

    Drop me a comment below to let me know what you think of this FREE Ramadhan workout guide.

    Overnight Oats Recipe

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    Last year, I wrote a blog post on how you can make breakfast a habit. Being the first meal of your day, it is so important to have a nutritious breakfast to fuel you for a productive day. One of the reason many of us struggle with this meal is that we are rushing around getting ready, leaving us no time to prepare and eat. Overnight oats are a brilliant way to overcome this! Prepared mostly the night before, you can whip up this breakfast and eat it in a matter of minutes.

    Overnight oats recipe

    Yield: 1

    Ingredients

    • 70g Oats
    • 100ml water / milk
    • 1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt
    • Handful of chia seeds (optional)
    • Toppings (Blueberries, nuts, honey, seeds - whatever you fancy)

    Instructions

    1. Place the oats in a small container and add in the chia seeds.
    2. Next add your chosen liquid (I used milk) and mix. You can add less or more depending on the consistency you want.
    3. Add in the yogurt and mix well.
    4. Pop the lid back on your container and leave in the fridge overnight.
    5. When ready to eat, add on your chosen toppings. You can microwave the oats for 15-30 seconds if you prefer to eat them slightly warm.
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    Workout clothes

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    I was recently asked on instagram, what workout clothes someone should wear if their gym is mixed. This is not something I have had to worry about myself in recent years because I only train in female only establishments. Though, there was a time when this was not always the case. It can be really tricky to find the balance between modest clothes that are comfortable enough to exercise in. This can be off putting for many sisters who opt to not exercise at all. It is a completely personal choice where you decide to workout; nevertheless, our modesty should be our concern wherever we are. Continue reading

    Brain food

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    Those who are regular followers of my blog and social media will know that I have a fascination with food. My fascination is less to do with filling my belly but, rather, I find it intriguing to learn about the food that positively impact the human body. We all know about fat; fast food makes you fat and coats your heart with fat. What we know less about is which foods impact different organs positively.

    My other fascination is the brain; our productivity, creativity and general amazing-ness is a product of this organ that allows us to ponder and think. I recently have been reading a lot around memory and productivity. Not being able to remember the password to our laptop or where we put our car keys can be excruciatingly frustrating. We are what we eat – we need to fuel our brain with the food that is nutritious and beneficial for its function. The list of foods that have been shown, in studies and various pieces of research, to boost brain function and protect against the effects of aging is vast. Continue reading