Ain’t no mountain high enough

Rizal Faisal

Brunei Darussalam has seen its fair share of maintaining a healthy lifestyle among its residents.

During the holy month of Ramadhan, Muslims have to change their workout regimes accordingly. The Bulletin recently interviewed some fitness enthusiasts who adapted to the change.

Rachel Azzahra Ang, 37, who works in legal and compliance, usually does cardio, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), boxing, and yoga.

She said that these workouts benefit her in terms of weight maintenance, mobility, stamina, muscular strength, and immune system boost.

“I find that I’ve hardly fallen ill since I started exercising regularly,” Ang said.

Her daily regime consist of a combo of boxing and weight training three to five times a week.

“I recently started practising yoga, and I’ve found it greatly improves my mobility and posture,” she said.

Speaking on changes made to her workout regime to accommodate the fasting month, Ang said, “My workouts have been reduced to three times a week. I prefer to exercise around 5pm before breaking my fast, and occasionally after a light meal in the evening.”

Her philosophy is to listen to her body and take breaks when needed

“Thankfully, the changes to the workout schedule hasn’t affected my body. Regular exercising has helped in maintaining my stamina and strength, even when it’s less frequent,” she added.

Meanwhile, Muiz, a bodybuilder, said he follows the advice of his gym instructors.

He said, “Fasting does not stop me from exercising. Sometimes I do double workout at the gym after Sunnat Tarawikh prayers.”

Another fitness enthusiast, Mariah, 24, does an endurance-based workout by spinning to increase her stamina and leg strength. It also helps her keep a healthy mind.

“I feel fresh, especially when I’m gearing up for work in the morning.” She said that it also relieves her of stress. Usually she would attend spinning classes two to three times a week. “Ever since Ramadhan started, I’ve been refraining from pushing myself too hard.”

Instead, she opts to work out at home and “attend the classes when it is convenient”.

Thirty-year-old Shawabi, a calestenics body workout fan, said that his workout of choice allows him to build strength using own body weight.

As his regime does not require any equipment, he said that calestenics can help improve the mind-body connection. His goal is to improve his postures through improved muscular strength, mobility and agility.

Normally he would exercise three to four times a week but has changed his workout schedule for Ramadhan.

“I do my workout before sungkai. If I am too weak or tired, I would go to the calestenics gym,” he said.

As he ruptured his arms and legs muscles last Ramadhan, which had affected his workout greatly, Shawabi has wisen up and is basing his workout routines on the advice of his doctors and coaches.

“I also listen to my own body and try to lower the intensity when needed to prevent injuries,” he added.