SWAN Lecture: Sporting Activities Necessary During Ramadan – Expert

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SWAN President, Honour Sirawoo

By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Chief Executive Officer  of Kayrom Lee Gym and Fitness Centre, Alhaja Ambassador Rahamat Romoke Ayinde has advocated regular physical activities for sportsmen and women  during the Ramadan period,

Ambassador Ayinde made the call in Ibadan on Monday while delivering the maiden Oyo State  Sports Writers Association (SWAN) Ramadan lecture  titled: Sporting Activities during Ramadan: Facts and Myths”  held at the Lekan Salami stadium.

She emphasized that “such activities will not only help in enhancing their performance but would put them in good form to participate in both national and international competition. “, saying,  sporting activities enhances the state of being active in one form of sport, exercise or another”.

“It will be a misnomer for any athletes to off training for a whole month, as such athlete will definitely lose form, hence, training is  a continuous exercise for any athlete either Muslim or non Muslim,” she said.

According to the Chief Executive Officer  of Kayrom Lee Gym and Fitness Centre, ” research has shown that fasting for thirty consecutive days without performing any physical activities reduces strength and physical fitness, hence the need for Muslims to remain active in the month of Ramadan in order to stay healthy”.

Emphasizing that “there are no scientific bases for the belief that fasting increases cortisol level that can lead to problems such as muscle loss, only that fasting can change cortisol rhythm.”, she
debunked  the myth that sporting activities during  Ramadan fasting period lowers blood sugar level.

“During fasting period, your body switches to fat burning mode through the process called fatty acid oxidation. This in essence is the changing of fats in our body from its acidic nature to something positive to our living.”

While cautioning athletes not to be gluttonous, Ambassador Ayinde said ” fasting during Ramadan with sporting activities should be encouraged as it helps to keen the body and soul fit.”, adding that moderate exercises are advised.

“Individual should consult their physician before starting any physical activity. Brisk walk, slow jogging, cycling, criss training and light machine exercises at gym for the Ramadan are encouraged. One should avoid games like squash, lawn tennis especially any racket games during Ramadan, while eating a balanced diet and taking adequate amount of liquids and carbohydrates are necessary to help maintain a healthy exercise routine during the period,”

Oyo State SWAN Chairman, Alhaji Niyi Alebiosu, while speaking assured that the annual Ramadan
would henceforth be an annual event.

Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Oyo State Council, Comrade Adewunmi Faniran lauded the organisers of the lecture and urged the state chapter of SWAN to keep the flag of good governance afloat.

The Ramadan lecture was attended by the Oyo state NUJ Secretary, Comrade Bola Ogunlayi, General manager Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Alhaji Rashidi Balogun and General Manager Oyo State Sports Council, Gboyega Makinde. Veteran Sports Journalist, Ade Somefun and the Chief Executive Officer, Frenage Soccer Academy, Prince Oluwole Olodade were among those in attendance.

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