Episode 11: How to Reignite Your Physical Energy With Two Awesome Tools After Ramadan!


How to Reignite Your Physical Energy With Two Awesome Tools After Ramadan!

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakathuhu, 

Welcome to the Best Versions Podcast, where I help you unlock your fullest potential to move from average to excellence in Worship, Energy, Love and Legacy.  

I’m your Host, Rushdhi Ismail. A computer engineer turned nutrition and life coach. I’m going to use my experience of over 25 years in the personal and spiritual development field to provide you with practical tools to move from average to excellence, bi’idnillah!  

Alhamdulillah, I’m super excited to meet you in another episode of the Best Versions podcast.

As I keep saying, the goal of the podcast is to help you move from mediocrity to excellence. Because living in mediocrity means, you are living in your comfort zone. That’s not the place you can grow.

If you want to come closer to Allah subuhanawuta’la or achieve incredible physical and mental energy or become that role model parent or spouse or achieve your larger-than-life goals, you need to quit your comfort zone because nothing grows there.

However, when you venture out of your comfort zone, you’ll find yourself better positioned to grow and become better in life, bi’idnillah

And when I talk about average to excellence, it’s about moving from being an average Muslim to a Mumin and then to a Muhsin.

Being a Muslim is a great place to be Alhamdulillah, but it’s not enough if we want to achieve the highest success in both worlds. We need to work on moving to the next level, that’s becoming a Mumin, which is definitely better than just being a Muslim. 

However, what is the best rank to achieve? 

Well, that is to become a Muhsin. 

Even the Quran and Sunnah constantly nudge us to achieve that pinnacle. That’s why Allah subuhanawuta’la often mentions in the Quran that He loves Muhsin. (Innallaha Yuhibbul Muhsineen) 

That’s certainly not an easy rank to achieve. However, the first step towards it is to wish and dream big. 

The Prophet ﷺ commanded us to dream big and always seek the best. He said, “If you ask Allah, then ask Him for al-Firdaws, for it is the last part of Paradise and the highest part of Paradise” (Sahih al-Bukhari)

Think about its value. A handspan size of land in Jannah is more valuable than everything else in this world. Subhanallah

If you are genuinely asking that from Allah subuhanawuta’la, what prevents you from having high aspirations for this world? Why do you settle for mediocrity in this world? 

High ambitions in life will help you raise your bar. That will insha Allah help you create a life that is larger than you!  

Ask Allah to help you achieve your best version in Worship, Energy, Love and Legacy. Dream big and then work hard! 

That’s what the Quran commands us to do. It says to work hard to achieve our best.

For instance, Allah subuhanawuta’la orders us to compete to get to Jannah.

سَابِقُوٓاْ إِلَىٰ مَغۡفِرَةٍ۬ مِّن رَّبِّكُمۡ وَجَنَّةٍ

To compete with one another for forgiveness from your Lord and a Paradise… (Surah Hadeed: 21)

In order to compete and win the race, you need to work hard.

So the simple message Islam teaches us is this. If you want to achieve success, raise your bar and work hard. And that requires you to move from average to excellence. 

With those motivating words, I’d like to begin today’s episode.

Alhamdulillah, we are reaching the final sprint of Ramadan, and we pray that Allah subuhanawuta’la accepts our fasting and all the good deeds we’ve been practising this month.

While Ramadan is a great boost to our imaan and spirituality, it certainly drains our physical energy. It pushes us to the brink of collapse as we eat less, sleep less, and even move less.

In this episode, I would like to provide you with two simple, zero-cost tools that anyone can implement to reignite their physical energy after an exhausting month of fasting.

Sure, there are many things I could talk about when it comes to increasing your energy, but my goal today is to provide you with two tools that are universally accessible to everyone and easy to implement for most people. 

The first such tool is sleep.

Yep, that simple tool that every living being on earth practices! 

Most probably, you do consider sleep as a pillar of good health. 

But the truth is, sleep is more than just a pillar. It’s, in fact, the foundation of your health. 

What does it mean to be the foundation?

If you don’t take care of it well, your health will collapse. Even if you eat right and move well, if your sleep is at risk, your health is at risk. It’s as simple as that.

Like a building needs a solid foundation to exist, you need good sleep to stay healthy. 

It’s not just my opinion. It’s the opinion of the sleep scientists, such as Dr Matt Walker. 

He says so eloquently in his groundbreaking book “Why We Sleep”.  

“There is no aspect of a human being’s wellness that isn’t eroded by a lack of sleep. EVERY single disease that’s killing us in the developed world has causal links to it.”

He came to this conclusion after studying 17’000 research papers on sleep. So there is a lot of weight to his words. He also mentions a very long list of diseases caused by lack of sleep in his book.

There is so much to tell about sleep, but I’ll save that for another episode.

For now, strive to get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every day. 

Sleep is an individual thing. How much sleep you need for optimum health depends on many variables. However, if you can stick to the minimum amount of 7 hours a night, you are on the safe side, bi’idnillah!

In fact, I would argue that getting sufficient sleep is the fastest way to be more energised in life. 

Any attempt to fix your life without fixing your sleep is like carrying water with a leaky bucket. Not an efficient way to move forward in your life. 

The well-rested you are, the better you can perform at all levels. You’ll see that your focus, energy, and efficiency will insha Allah be better.

So hold on to a minimum of 7 hours of sleep every day. 

Having said that, the regular sleeping and waking up time is as important as those 7 hours of sleep.

Sleeping 10 hours a night one day and then sleeping 5 hours a night another day or sleeping at 10 pm one day and sleeping at midnight on another day isn’t a great way to improve your sleep.

Almost every sleep scientist talks about the importance of regularity in sleeping and waking time. So, if you want to get a good night of sleep every night, be regular with your bedtime and wake-up time.

Insha Allah, in a later episode, we’ll talk about sleep in much more detail. For now, just remember these two things when it comes to sleep.

  1. Number of hours
  2. Regularity

I guess it’s simple enough for you to put it into action immediately. 

Ok, let’s now talk about the second tool that will insha Allah help you reignite your physical energy.

This tool is none other than sunlight.

Yep, this zero-cost tool has an amazing impact on all levels of your health.

So what time during the day you are exposed to sunlight defines many things in life.

For instance, getting morning sunlight helps you reset your internal biological master clock. And that’s important, particularly after having spent many irregular sleeping patterns during Ramadan. 

So light, particularly natural light, is incredibly beneficial for our health, as it powerfully aligns our brains and organs.

Everything from mental health, metabolism, and wound healing are positively enhanced by light early in the day.

The same light at night is incredibly harmful to your health, as it resets and disrupts the internal circadian clocks of our brain and body.

We, humans, have a built-in circadian rhythm, also known as our internal biological clock. This clock regulates many of our biological activities, such as our

  • hormone production, 
  • core body temperature, 
  • insulin levels, 
  • sleeping and waking patterns, etc. 

Since this clock regulates when we feel most awake and most tired throughout a 24-hour day, our exposure to light at the wrong time messes this clock greatly.

We have many internal clocks. However, the master biological clock called Supra-Chiasmatic Nucleus (SCN) keeps all these internal clocks in sync. 

This master clock is very sensitive to bright light. Depending on what time during the day you are exposed to the bright light, it will either enhance your health or deteriorate your health.   

For instance, a lot of bright light in the evening affects this master clock and creates havoc on your body.

However, a lot of bright light in the early morning enhances your health in every imaginable way. 

So if you want to feel energised and reset your sleep and waking pattern to a regular time after Ramadan, one of the easiest and quickest ways to do it is to practise getting exposed to sunlight as soon as you wake up. 

Now, here is how you can practice it. Try to get some sun exposure for 10-20 minutes soon after waking up. 

The best would be to go out for a quick walk when the sun starts to rise. If that isn’t possible, get some sunlight directly on your face by putting your head out of the window. 

When doing so, keep your eyes closed because looking at the sun directly will harm your eyes, and that’s certainly not what I recommend. 

That’s all from me for today. 

If you want to read the transcript of this podcast, you can find it at https://bestversions.me/podcasts/11. 

Thanks so very much for listening to my podcast. I sincerely pray that this episode helps you go from average to excellence in worship, energy, love and legacy. 

And last but not least, please subscribe to my podcast, and share the podcast with your family and friends. I’m confident you can make a difference in others’ lives by sharing this information with them.

Until we meet in the next episode insha Allah next Friday, I pray that Allah subuhanawuta’la showers his choicest blessings on you and your family. 

Love you all! 

And let me end the podcast with the greetings of Jannah, Asssalamu Alaikum Warahmathullahi Wabarakathuhu.