The Hajj pilgrimage is physically demanding and involves rigorous activities. During this spiritual odyssey, you need to walk long distances, navigate crowded areas, and carry out rites of Hajj. Physical fitness and health are essential for performing the Hajj pilgrimage conveniently. Being fit and healthy can make it easy for you to perform all the rituals. So, it is a must for all the pilgrims to prepare for this holy pilgrimage.
In this guide, I will discuss how to prepare for Hajj physically. If you follow this guide, you will be able to endure all the rigorous and tough rituals of Hajj smoothly, without being exhausted.
Ultimate Hajj Fitness Plan: Preparing Your Body for the Journey
Hajj is not just a spiritual journey but a combination of physical and spiritual experiences. As you prepare for this journey with spiritual aspects, it is important to prepare your body for the physical demands of this journey. This article is written aiming to provide you with the Hajj fitness plan. I am going to share important steps about how to prepare for Hajj physically. I hope these steps will be beneficial for you in this holy journey.
- Start with Medical checkup:
It is wise to visit your physician and tell him that you are planning to set on the holy journey of hajj. Get a thorough check-up of your health conditions. Take supplements or make changes in your diet and nutrition, to strengthen your body to perform rigorous activities of Hajj. It is especially important when you have some kind of disease, symptoms of some ailment, or some pre-existing record of some kind of disorder. So, the best practice is to go and check your doctor without any delay before diving into physical training for Hajj.
- Cardiovascular Fitness:
Cardiovascular fitness is of core importance in your Pilgrimage. Start working on your cardiovascular activity to enhance your stamina and endurance. Start giving time to walk and make it a part of your schedule. Start with a short period and gradually increase your distance and pace for the walk. This will help you reduce the risk of fatigue in the completion of Hajj rituals.
- Strength Training:
It’s important to strengthen your body for performing Sai, Tawaf (circumambulation), standing, and performing prayers without being exhausted. So, it’s good to walk. But along with this, you should add muscular strengthening exercises like planks, squats, and light weight lifting activities. It is good for you to join the gym. This will improve your legs, core, and upper body strength.
- Flexible Exercises:
You can add yoga, or simple stretching exercises to your routine. You can watch multiple videos on YouTube, for guidance and motivation to do these exercises. These exercises will reduce stiffness in your body. And make it flexible to endure and perform multiple rites of the Hajj Pilgrimage.
- Proper Footwear:
Invest in a comfortable, durable, and simple pair of shoes. It is not recommended to use a brand-new pair of shoes in your Hajj rituals. It may be uncomfortable for you. It is good to use your shoes a week ago before setting on your spiritual journey. This will help you know whether these shoes are comfortable or not. And your feet will adjust too. It’s also a good suggestion to keep an extra pair of comfortable shoes in your luggage. Do not ignore shoes as you have to spend a long time on your feet during the hajj performance.
- Hydration and Nutrition:
Arabia is a dry deserted land with reasonably high temperatures. So, it’s crucial to keep yourself hydrated. Make a habit to keep yourself hydrated even before you have departed on your Hajj journey. Take fruits, eggs, and meat and prefer the food that contains, carbs, proteins, and essential vitamins and minerals. This will help you endure the harsh and dry climate of Saudi Arabia.
- Practice Rituals:
You need to know, how to perform Hajj, its all rites and rituals, their sequence and their significance. You can visit the Al Madinah Travel blog section and find complete guidance for your journey. You can join the training session for Hajj and you can take help from YouTube to practice the rituals of Hajj. Practice all the rites and rituals, and remember the prayers and supplications that you have to perform there. This will give you a smooth experience over there.
You can also visit people who have performed Hajj recently and take guidance from them.
- Rest and sleep:
Schedule your days and nights, and get adequate rest and sufficient sleep. So, that you may have proper energy and stamina by having perfect physical health.
- Medical Supplies:
Keep your luggage light but do not ignore medical supplies. It is good for you to have painkillers and bandages in your luggage. Do not forget to keep prescribed medicines in your luggage in case of any medical condition. You should keep painkillers and blister pads with you in a bit extra quantity, other fellows may also ask you.
How Physically demanding is Hajj?
Hajj is a physically demanding pilgrimage; you have to walk from 5km to 15 km daily. So, you need to get ready for this rigorous physical activity if you are planning to set on this journey.
How do I mentally prepare for Hajj?
Mental preparation and purification of intentions for Hajj are very important. The first and foremost thing is to work on your intention and purify it. Your intention should be just to seek the will and happiness of Allah and to get rid of your sins. There should be no desire for showoff or any other worldly purpose. After this repentance, seek forgiveness from others and forgive the people who hurt or harmed you. You should clear all the debts, and interests, your money should must be Halal if you want your hajj to be accepted. Make outstanding prayers, fasts, and dhikr
How do you stay healthy during the Hajj?
Do not buy uncovered and unhygienic foods.
- Wash fruits and vegetables well before eating them.
- Eat a nutritious and balanced diet.
- Check the food expiration date before eating it and read the labels to know their contents and nutritional value.
- Wash your hands with soap and water before eating.
What are the five conditions needed for Hajj?
There are 5 conditions of Hajj being obligatory:
1- you should be a Muslim.
2- you should have a sound mind
3- you should be an adult
4- you should be a free and independent person.
5- you should be physically and mentally fit.
Wrapping up Before How to Prepare for Hajj Physically:
setting on the spiritual journey of Hajj it is important to prepare yourself both physically and spiritually. In this article, I have thrown light on how to prepare for Hajj physically. Preparing yourself before going on this spiritual odyssey will give you a smooth and comfortable experience, this will add convenience to your spiritual voyage that will make it memorable for you and accepted in front of Allah. As you have put efforts to make it better. May all of your hard work and struggle be accepted.
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