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4 Really Easy Things to DO For A Healthy Lifestyle

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Getting older means getting inactive. We no longer have P.E. lessons that we all loved back in school. Many of us dreaded NS, but the physical training is a way to exercise too! With these lack of “compulsory” exercise, many of us are starting to get worried about our health. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are not uncommon health issues in Singapore. So what little things can we fit in our busy schedule to be more healthy? How do we even start to lead a healthy lifestyle? After all, our minds feel good when the body feels good.

Healthy Lifestyle Tip #1: Walk or Cycle instead of taking the bus.

Let’s start by changing our daily habits. For those travelling by public transport, many of us will probably take a bus before making a transit ride on the MRT. What you can do instead is to walk to the MRT station. Why not wake up earlier and take a good 10 to 15 minutes to stroll? It can be quite a relaxing walk while enjoying greenery around.

For those who live further than 10 minutes to the nearest MRT station could consider cycling as a viable alternative. You do not even need to own a bike these days thanks to bike sharing. Granted, some of us might be paranoid after the oBike saga, where users are unable to get back their deposit. However, there are alternatives available such as ofo (This is not sponsored.) Ofo charges $0.50 for every 30 minutes, or you can consider getting a 7 day or 30-day pass, which costs $1.59 and $6.99 respectively.

We recognise that there is the concern of getting all sweaty and stinky before work. Similarly, very few people would enjoy seating next to a soaking colleague. To avoid this, the recommended alternative would be to take a walk or cycle only when you are returning home. This way, you are still clocking some exercise while avoiding the social consequences of it.

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Healthy Lifestyle Tip #2: Exercise at parks – run, play badminton, play ball

Another common suggestion is to make use of the parks all around the neighbourhood. The parks are free to use so why not use it? There are many ways you can exercise at the park.

For those who want to chill alone, you can either jog around the track or build some muscles at the pull-up bar. There are often badminton, soccer and basketball courts available too! All it takes is just 30 minutes to 1 hour of your time. We are not asking you to do this daily as you are probably not training to be a professional athlete. – and in any case, excess training can lead to stress injuries and complications such as arthritis in hip joints and knees. However, getting some exercise done on a regular basis can make a huge difference to how healthy you feel.. For the less motivated people, visiting 1 to 2 times a week is enough. If you have time, feel free to drop by the park 3 times per week!

Nparks even has a map for all their parks. Be sure to check it out here!

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Healthy Lifestyle Tip #3: Healthier Diet (More Vegetables less delicacy)

What’s your favourite food in Singapore? Is it one from the list below?

  1. Chilli Crab
  2. Laksa
  3. Curry Fish Head
  4. Hokkien Mee
  5. Char Kway Teow
  6. Oyster Omelet
  7. Nasi Lemak
  8. Roti Prata
  9. Bak Kut Teh
  10. Roasted Pork Rice

If you say yes to at least one of the above, congratulations! You are enjoying something plainly unhealthy. Our local delicacies are usually oily or high in saturated fats. We admit it is hard to say no to these delicious meals.

Nevertheless, for the sake of our health, we should cut down on these. On top of that, try to mix in some vegetables when you are ordering Cai Fan or Zi Char next time. It’s cheap anyways.

After each meal, it is good to consume some fruits too!

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Healthy Lifestyle Tip #4: Health tracking apps and accessories

With smartphones and smart devices taking over life, tracking our health have become much more straightforward. Apple has their Health app, Google has Google Fit, and Samsung has Samsung Health. Ok, the names are not very creative, but still they are great for tracking your activities. Coupled with smart devices like step trackers and smartwatches, these apps can do wonders!

These apps are a good way for you to set a goal and monitor your progress. You can set how many steps you want to walk a day, how much (by distance or duration) you wish to run in a week, how much calories you consumed and many others.

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Over here in Singapore, the Health Promotion Board has their HealthHub app. Occasionally, there are events you can participate in to cultivate a healthier lifestyle. Some of the past events include scanning QR code when you choose the healthier option for your meal and a walking milestone challenge. There are also quizzes you can do which raises your awareness of healthier living. We shall elaborate on this point with a later post.

Reading this guide is useless if you don’t act! It is never easy to cultivate a new habit, but the first step is to start doing! Always persevere and never quit! 

Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. Okay, maybe we took it too far. 

Other than being physically healthy, remember to always keep track of your mental health too via

Let’s all work hard together and develop a healthier lifestyle.


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