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How to Continue Your Fitness Regime this Ramadhan

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Fasting and exercising

Continue to stay fit while fasting this month of Ramadhan.

So it’s that time of the year again for Muslims whereby we are required to abstain from food and drink for an entire month. The reasons for doing so are spiritual but there are many who also fast for health benefits. How does fasting affect those of us whom are physically active on a regular basis? Do we stop exercise altogether?

As a Muslim who continues to exercise during the month of Ramadan, the approach that has worked well over the years, for me, is to exercise after the fast has been broken. This would essentially mean that for the entire fasting month I would only work out at night. I also have many Muslim friends who opt for an early morning workout, before they have their ‘sahur’ (early morning meal before the fast starts). That seems to work fairly well also.

But what are the options for those who may not have the time at night? Also, if not for religious reasons, why would one fast at all?

Research has shown that fasting can induce weight and fat loss by increasing insulin sensitivity and lowering your LDL and triglycerides levels (high levels of LDL and triglycerides lead to high cholesterol disease and ultimately heart disease). Fasting coupled with exercises, has added benefit as it can further improve insulin sensitivity which leads to more fat loss while retaining muscle mass.

The best and safest option to exercising while fasting, is very simply to do your workout after you have broken your fast. This is because, you would have refuelled your body at this stage and have enough energy for normal exercise (this applies to those who do a complete fast – no food or water – as well as those who a food fast).

But fear not those who want or need to exercise while fasting! Simple logic would recommend that you do so just before you break your fast. Seeing as you would normally be sweating and thus losing water during exercise, the ideal time would be to break fast immediately after you finish your work out to prevent dehydration.

In terms of intensity, exercising during a fast should be less strenuous than usual. Thus, if you do cardiovascular training, cut your intensity by 30 per cent (ie a brisk walk instead of a jog). Keep up your resistance training, as this would enable you to maintain your muscle mass. A good balance would be a low-intensity circuit-based weight training, as the pace of the workouts and the resistance itself would give you a combination of cardiovascular and weight training all in one.

A lot of info to digest I’m sure, but how does this apply to my workouts in Fitology you might ask? Well let us break it down step-by-step for you!

STEP 1. Book your Fitology Express or group workout session close to the break fast time. (Ideally, start training half an hour before your break fast time)

STEP 2. Kick it off with your usual 30-minute PT but time it closely so that when your PT ends, so does your fast! Proceed to break your fast with water, a sugary drink and perhaps a date or two.

STEP 3. Quench your thirst and continue to chug water as you proceed to have your FIR therapy. (As recommended!)

STEP 4. After the required 30 minutes, come out for your nutritious smoothie, which would replenish you further. Skip to Step 6 if you’re having an Express.

STEP 5. Proceed home (or out!) to have your well-deserved dinner after a whole day of fasting and an awesome session at Fitology!

And there you have it, a little insight on how to tackle exercise and Fitology whilst fasting! Hope it was helpful! 😉

 

Workshop: Introduction to AcroYoga & Enhance Your Yoga with Healthy Eating

Written by Fitology Malaysia on . Posted in Fitology News, Fitology Yoga Blog, What's New

Reconnect with your inner self and have fun at this introductory workshop in Fitology Yoga!

Crafted for individuals of all fitness levels and experience, this workshop will explore the skills of “moving” and “connecting” with another person within the disciplines of AcroYoga.

Acro-Workshop-Flyer CoverParticipants will be introduced to the basics of taking flight, solid basing and spotting. In addition, we will explore each person’s unique habitual movements through group games and partner work.

The goal is to be in the moment (breathe) and to find balance with your partner (action).

In this three-hour workshop, you will learn to ground yourself through your shoulders, hips and legs, while experiencing basic yoga moves such as the in the locust pose, upward bow pose, chair pose and downward dog pose.

There will also be an educational session on what sorts of food will enhance your Yoga practice.

Get centred and delight in this experiential afternoon out! It is perfect for those looking for some “me” time or partnered time with a loved one/friend.

 

WORKSHOP RATES*DSCF1320

Early Bird rate:
RM200 (Book from now until Nov 9, 2014 to enjoy this early bird rate)

Regular rate:
RM250 (Bookings from Nov 10, 2014 – Nov 29, 2014)

Same Day Signup:
RM280 (On Nov 29, 2014,)

*Kindly note that workshop fees are not refundable nor transferable

 

PAYMENT METHODS
We accept payment by cash, bank in/transfer and credit card.

Bank in/transfer, kindly make payments to Fitology Sdn Bhd (Alliance account no: 14167 0010 022 607). Kindly email your proof of payment to yoga@fitology.my.

Cash and credit card payments are accepted at our premises at Fitology, 9, Jalan Riong, off Jalan Maarof, from 9 am to 10 pm, Mondays to Saturdays. For more info, kindly call us at +60 3 2201 4311 or email us at the address above.

For a Q&A about AcroYoga, click here.

 

ABOUT SASAAcroYoga Sasa
A self styled “student of life”, Sasa is the first AcroYoga Montreal-certified instructor in Malaysia. She is also a Manasa 200-hour Certified Teacher.

An accomplished dancer, Sasa has been using Ballet, Street Jazz, Contemporary Dance, Aerial Dances, Latin Dances, Capoeira, Contact Improvisation and Yoga, as a form of expression since 1999.

When she is not teaching, dancing or practicing yoga, she feeds and rescues stray animals on the streets of Kuala Lumpur. She also offers Reiki healing energy and Thai Massage in exchange for koala hugs and raw chocolates.

Sasa believes that the practice of AcroYoga can be a powerful tool for effecting change in people. Her classes are always challenging yet refreshing, empowering yet caring. Those who attend them often discover new things about themselves, the world around them, and the beauty and joy that is AcroYoga. This unique experience enriches our soul and brings life to our breath.

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Seven Essential Movements in Personal Training

Written by Fitology Malaysia on . Posted in Fitology News, Trainer's Blog, Uncategorized, What's New

By Errol Fung

Oftentimes when we think about exercise and going to the gym, we think classes, machines and free weights. Most gym-goers visit the gym to train aesthetics and work on a single muscle group. Common goals are to get bigger biceps, toned triceps and a bigger chest.

A major downside to training aesthetics, or what some call “vanity muscles”, is that this kind of training often does not help to increase your quality of life by making everyday activities easier.

On the flipside of aesthetic training is what the fitness industry calls functional training. This means, training your muscles to do what it’s supposed to do, and working more muscles in compound movements. In simpler terms, getting more results with less work.

There are seven primal movements that your body was made to do. These are:

Push

The muscles involved in pushing are the triceps and chest. These are common vanity muscles for the ladies and gents alike.

What is it good for?

Toning fUntitledlabby arms, firming up the chest and provide some lifting effect. Time to perk up those babies, you hold the power girl!

Pull

Pulling is a very common everday movement. If you know how to push, you must know how to pull. Pulling works your legal guns (biceps. Just in case you didn’t know) and back muscles.

What is it good for?

These are fantastic for your posture from a long day behind the desk. It also works wonders for your confidence!

Squat

My oh my! Squats, squats and squats.. The squat should be staple to a workout as handbags, shoes and shades are to the Malaysian woman. Apart from working the thighs, think how amazing a round and firm butt would look in those tight designer jeans!

What is it good for?Pic 2

That Kim K. or the J. Lo look. Well, perhaps, not as bodacious but, you catch my drift.

Lunge

A close partner to the squat, the lunge is another important movement that we need to master. In order to be fit and healthy, we need to be able to get up from the floor and stand with minimal limitations. This exercise helps the body to stay limber into our golden years. It also helps to kick up those hamstrings and force the cellulite away for a more toned look.

What is it good for? Maintaining movement and strength in the lower body and ensuring your thighs look as hot as your round firm butt!

Twist

This is one of the easiest and most natural of the seven movements. I have had clients who didn’t even know that they could twist! Our desk-bound existence has made us forget what its like to use our body. Twisting actively fires the core muscles and promotes our underlying physical stability.

What is it good for?

Maintaining balance when we are active, it also helps to tone your abs!

Bend

To bend may also mean to lift, and it is another fundamental movement that is used in our daily lives. When we bend, this helps us work that toned back that we all dream for, but beware how you bend it involves the integrity of our spine. Many a time, injuries like slipped discs or prolapsed discs happen due to a weak back or a bad bend form when lifting things.

What is it good for?

Preventing spine injuries and giving you a nice toned back!

pic 3Walking, running and jumping

How many steps do we take a day? 1000? 2000? More than 2000? It is estimated that the average desk jockey usually takes anywhere from 3000-6000 steps a day. The walking movement is critical as it is the most commonly used of all the movement patterns in our daily lives.

What is it good for?

Healthy and strong joints, to ensure that stay moving and pain free into your old age. It also keeps your cardiovascular system in check, helps burn fat and keeps you breathing right!

 

Do you have questions regarding any of the seven movements? Send us a message on our facebook page (fb.com/fitology) and we will get back to your questions as soon as we are able!

 

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