5 Alternatives to boring sports to try during Ramadan

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Aren’t you bored of the sports that are overdone or just not entertaining? There are plenty of activities to keep you fit and energized, but some might not even be very effective, and if they are, they are mentally draining, as they don’t give you the variety you are craving. In addition to that, Ramadan really limits our time frame for physical activities. During the day it is too hot, and many of us are fasting. Then once the sun has set and we’ve fueled up on energy in iftar-shape, we can’t find the motivation to go for a run in the gym. Or at least I find it hard.

This is why we need something to look forward to. Something out of the ordinary that inspires and challenges us. Imagine a sport so cool, you can’t wait for the next session. A sport that won’t leave you exhausted but feeling stronger, healthy, revitalized and empowered! Here are for you a collection of sports to do at night that anyone can do during Ramadan.

1. Dynamic Hot Yoga

Before you start scrolling down, give it a chance! It’s not your typical yoga in the form of Vinyasa or Ashtanga. At 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm you can try out hot yoga at Garvey’s European Club. At around 42 degrees in the studio you can sweat as you take dynamic yoga positions. This is good for your joints, toning your muscles, your airways, and serves as a detox and means to stimulate metabolism for optimal calorie burning and weight loss. You can get this for 110 QR per drop in, 400 QR per 5 sessions, or 800QR for unlimited access. Not-so-boring Yoga!

2. 1000CC

What’s behind this strange name for a sport? 1000CC promises you can burn up to 1000 calories in 60 minutes. How is that possible? In a fun atmosphere with lighting and upbeat music you find the ultimate circuit. It’s a fun alternative to boot camps that are more military like than friendly. Get the same effect in this class from 6-7 at the Stronbox locations in Doha.

3. Fencing

How cool is fencing? Although a little pricier given you want to buy the gear, but this will be a sport that has you anticipating each class. The 19th century Olympic sport has the drama element as well as effectiveness for statue, fitness, and muscle toning. Discipline and mental training don’t fall too short either. For 600 QR per 10 sessions you get this all round fitness at Clement Fencing Academy in West Bay. Try something new (and old)!

4. Wing Chun

Wing Chun is a Martial Art with a twist. It’s a Chinese close range MA that combines relaxation techniques with punches, kicks and trapping and grappling methods. It uses the whole body with elbows and knees and has an emphasis on the central axis concept. For fitness, revitalizing and self defense this is the perfect sport. Keep fit like Bruce Lee at the Six Senses Spa in the Sharq hotel for 30 QR for members and 60 QR for non-members from 10:30 till 12:00 every Friday.

5. Clay pigeon shooting

In Lusail at the Shooting Range you can enter for your 25 turns per 100 QR together with your friends from 4 pm until 8 pm. It’s the most exhilarating out of these activities, though not very fitness focused. I personally underestimated the strength and weight of the guns you are given. Placing your cheek so closely to the gun when shooting will surely give you a scare, but the success of hitting the clay plates grows on you. With this much fun, cheering and adrenaline it barely feels like exercise, but my chest and arm muscles were sore for a couple of days!

Found something you're interested in? Use the time you have during Ramadan to try these out, and find your fitness passion for the long haul! Think we've missed something even cooler? Let us know what you think is the best way to stay toned and healthy!

Log on to www.ramadan.qa, Qatar's official Ramadan website, to find out more.