Physical preparation for Hajj
Hajj involves both the physical & spiritual aspects of worship. Physical preparation for Hajj is something you should not take lightly. From your multiple visits to the Haram to the eagerly awaited Hajj period, you’ll be constantly on your feet.
For this purpose, develop a habit of walking prior to your departure for Hajj. With only a month to go now, you really have no time to waste. Start with walking for 30 minutes daily, and then gradually increase the time period. Make sure to invest in some comfortable shoes, as you’ll really appreciate them out there. Once the adrenaline wears off, your feet and body will begin to ache and you’ll wish you listened to this small token of advice J
Practice a few body exercises daily, especially focusing on your lower body. You can do squats, crunches, cycling and swimming to strengthen your muscles for the great amount of physical activity ahead.
The Hujjaj will have to face intense climate, with temperatures reaching up to 49 degrees. So it is always better to adapt a healthy and simple lifestyle (if you’re not used to one). Include a greater portion of fruits and vegetables in your diet and regularly fluid intake to get the essential nutrients and strengthen your immune system.
The Hajj rites (Tawaf, Sa’i, Rami etc.) require a great deal of strength and endurance. The hundreds of thousands of other pilgrims, each trying to perform the same rites at the same time in limited spaces and very hot weather, compound the demands on your physical conditioning and mental toughness.
Whilst physically preparing also utilize the time to spiritually prepare yourself. Recite the Talbiyah, make istighfaar, concentrate on the meaning of the prayers and reflect on your life and the journey you are about to take. This will keep your mind occupied during the monotony of the exercise, and will also help you get in a peaceful frame of mind.
These were just a few tips to help you with your preparation for Hajj – may Allah give us all tawfeeq!