As stated by WHO, “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
As of today, Singapore has over taken Japan to have the longest healthy life expectancy in the world.
This is wonderful news. Our public health policies to encourage Singaporeans to participate in healthy behaviours is working. From National Steps Challenge to Eat, Drink, Shop Healthy Challenge, there are lots of resources going into helping people achieve their well-being.
To a large extent, prevention is better than cure. Do you know strengthening exercises can reduce your risk of joint issues?
Here are three ways you can be more healthy.
Finding more opportunities to exercise within your current lifestyle
One of the easiest way to get more exercise into replace sedentary activities with active ones.
Take for example, choosing to walk instead of taking the bus or choosing to take the stairs instead of the lift.
While these actions seems miniscule, it will add up over time. Being healthy is not about running a yearly marathon. It is about being able to adopt health-promoting behaviours in a sustainable way.
Eating out less
Changing eating habits is always challenging when living in a food city such as Singapore.
Hawker food, while cheap and accessible, is often high in carbohydrates, sodium, and fat.
To kickstart healthier living, choose to eat at home for one additional meal a week or to bring your own lunch to work. Eating at home or bringing your own lunch to work allows you to control what goes into your meal.
Alternatively, you can order meal prep from as little as $6.50 and have healthy pre-cooked meals delivered to you.
If you have children at home, you can set a good eating example and reduce their risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as diabetes.
Focus on your inner well-being
Taking 15 minutes off of your schedule to meditate can make a big difference to your well-being.
Studies have shown meditation to help improve stress, anxiety, fatigue, sleep, and mood. This often translates to better productivity and increased work performance.