Just like Muslims throughout the world, American Muslims alter their schedules and meals during Ramadan, when they are obligated to fast from sunrise to sundown.
Mubarakah Ibrahim is the head trainer and owner of Balance Fitness in New Haven, Connecticut. During Ramadan, she schedules sessions with clients for the morning hours when she has the most energy.
With Ramadan falling during the hottest time of the year in many places, Ibrahim, as a professional trainer, is especially concerned about hydration during the fasting hours when water is not allowed.
“I tell people that instead of drinking a whole bunch of water before they start fasting and a whole bunch at the end of the fast, drink eight ounces of water every 20 minutes [before fasting begins] and then your body will absorb it more, and then you’ll be more hydrated throughout the day.”
On her “Fit Muslimah” page on Facebook, Ibrahim gives nutritional advice for Ramadan throughout the holy month.