How to Work Out While Muslim — and Female

The need to exercise and the requirements of Islam don't have to conflict. But they can be a little sticky for Muslim women

Chris Carlson / AP

A surfer in high-tech but modest attire.

The first time I went jogging in Tehran, I nearly hyperventilated after four blocks, despite wearing the gauziest of headscarves and a decidedly immodest pair of Nike Capri pants. The fabric covering my ears and neck stoked my body temperature unbearably, and the pleasurable strain of running gave way to acute discomfort. "How am I going to stay fit here?" I wailed to my Iranian girlfriends, experts in the dilemma of balancing exercise with Islamic modesty codes. They offered me a rich store of advice, from headscarves with ear slits to calibrating outdoor exercise with the seasons to where to find...

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