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How To Fast For Ramadan

Watch more How to Celebrate Ramadan videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to fast for Ramadan in the correct - and healthiest -- manner. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Start on time Ramadan's start date differs from year to year, so consult your local mosque or a reputable web site to find out what day and at what time it begins in your area. Tip Those exempt from fasting include children under age 12; menstruating, pregnant, and breastfeeding women; the frail and elderly; those who are not capable of understanding why they're fasting; and people whose health would be compromised by fasting, like diabetics. Step 2: Stay hydrated Starting the night before the first fast day, and every night thereafter during the month-long holiday, drink plenty of liquids. Food _and_ beverages are prohibited from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan; this will help you stay hydrated. Step 3: Eat a good breakfast Eat a balanced pre-sunrise meal, often known as _suhoor_ or _sehri_, to prepare your body for a day of fasting. Include whole grains, like whole wheat bread or oatmeal; a protein, like eggs or yogurt; a healthy fat, such as nuts or an avocado; and some fresh fruit. Step 4: Begin the fast Say the appropriate prayers and begin fasting when the sky first starts to lighten on the horizon. Smoking, using perfume, and having sexual relations are also forbidden from sunup to sundown. Tip Avoid strenuous exercise while fasting so you don't become dehydrated. If you have a regular fitness routine, cut down on the intensity and duration. Step 5: Do good deeds Use your extra free time for charitable acts, reading the Koran, and performing daily prayers. Step 6: Break your fast Break your fast at sunset with the meal known as _iftar_. Say the appropriate prayers; then start out slowly, with a sip of water or milk, and a date or other fruit. Eat a variety of healthy foods to ensure that you're getting enough nutrients. Tip Don't stuff yourself at sunset. Eating a few mini-meals throughout the evening is better for your digestive system. Step 7: Repeat Repeat for the remainder of Ramadan, which lasts 29 or 30 days. End with the three-day celebration known as Eid-al-Fitr, during which fasting is _forbidden_ and the wearing of new clothes is encouraged. Did You Know? Because the Muslim calendar follows the cycles of the moon, years are only 354 days long, and the months pass through all the seasons every 32? years.
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