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Fasting and working out too? Keep these tips in mind to make Navratri less painstaking

Published on:6 October 2021, 08:00am IST
The Navratri season kicks in the festivity, but that doesn’t mean that you falter on your fitness regimen. Here are some tips to up your ante!
Nikita Bhardwaj
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You can totally fast, and keep up with your fitness routine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

The Navratri season is all set to kick in!That means many of you must be planning on fasting as well. But what about your fitness regimen? Have you thought it through?  Hey, fret not missy, because we are here to guide you this festive season. How? By helping you design a fitness plan that will not strain you, while you’re fasting. FYI, it won’t affect your workout as well.

Here are 6 tips to work out during your Navratri fast that will not press pause on your fitness goals
1. Go for LIIT

Those of you who think that LIIT means no calorie burn and weight loss are highly mistaken. There are certain low-impact intensity exercises, if done right, and with the right speed and form, will burn fat just like HIIT, or maybe more.

During Navratri fasting, doing HIIT exercises can be strenuous, and that means a higher chance of muscle injury. Do you know why? Well, that’s because the diet during fasting is different from usual.

If your muscles don’t get enough nutrients, they will get strained, and you will end up with soreness. So, skipping HIIT for these nine days is a better bet.

2. Yoga is also a great way to keep yourself fit and fab

Whatever your goal may be – yoga can help you with all that. Doing yoga on a regular basis will not just keep you physically fit, it will keep you energized as well.

cobra pose
These yoga poses will help boost your energy levels! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

If you are aiming for weight loss, a surya namaskar marathon that suits you is a good idea. But if you want to gain muscle, you can opt for yoga poses like cat-cow pose, upward and downward dog, pigeon pose, cobra pose, etc.

3. Keep yourself hydrated

Well, it’s a Navratri fast and not karwa chauth, so you can drink fluids as much as you like. Consume juices, coconut water, buttermilk, lemonade, etc. This will help you steer clear of dehydration, and at the same time, will also keep the fibre levels up. This will further help you with weight loss and muscle building.

Another thing is that a good electrolyte level and nutrients will keep you energized, and help you follow your fitness regime to the T.

During Navratri, you tend to eat some oily food, so to curtail acidity and heartburn, you can totally rely on buttermilk.

4. Eat a clean diet

Of course, it will be great if you ditch those oily bites and swap them for some healthy food options. And because you will be skipping meat, eggs, and chicken, ensure that you have vegetarian sources of protein to feed your muscles right.

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Another thing is that, eating a clean diet means you don’t have to strain yourself for hours. Even a quick LIIT session is enough, as fat content is on the lower side.

5. Keep stretching

Stretching before and post-workout makes all the difference. So, don’t shy away from relaxing your muscles after a workout session. And FYI, there are so many stretches that also help in weight management, and can keep you calm too.

6. Dance baby dance

What’s Navratri without garba? And guess what? Dance is also a great form of workout, so if there is some garba night happening in the neighborhood, be a part of it – but don’t forget social distancing.

Ta-da! So your Navratri special fitness routine is ready. Are you?

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.