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How to stay healthy in Singapore
Eating healthy in Singapore can sometimes be easier said than done. With an incredibly large choice of restaurants all around the city, it is not unusual for Singaporeans to spend more time eating outside than at their own place. And with busy days at the office, many people often have some food-on-the-go for their lunch breaks. With this kind of habits, it can sometimes be hard to maintain a varied and balanced diet.
In order to adopt a healthier lifestyle, the first thing that you should do is to eat more home-cooked meals. Because most the fast food restaurants or instant meals are full of additives and preservatives, cooking your own dishes will help you avoid any kind of processed food. Don’t hesitate to invest in fresh and nutritious ingredients instead. There are many stores in Singapore selling clean, green and healthy food. When you are shopping at the supermarket, also try to make healthier decisions. For instance, look for the ‘Healthier Choice’ symbol labeled on many items which have great health benefits.
If you don’t have time to cook, there are also many restaurants in Singapore where you can find clean and healthy food. So avoid fast food restaurants and unhealthy food and start eating more salads, soups, poke bowls…in other words, more healthy cooked meals with nutritious ingredients!
Finally, don’t forget that Asian cuisines are among the healthiest in the world. Don’t hesitate to treat yourself with some Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai or even Lebanese food. What these cuisines have in common is that they are all made of natural, fresh ingredients full of incredible virtues. So embrace Asian flavors as part of your new diet!
To keep your health on track, it is also essential to engage in a regular physical activity. With long working hours in the office and an active social life, it can sometimes be delicate to find time to exercise. However, Singapore offers a wide variety of sports facilities such as swimming pools, public gyms or badminton courts. No matter how much time you have to dedicate to your workout session, you can always find a sports complex close to your office or your home. Moreover, as the Singapore government is really proactive in encouraging its citizen to maintain a healthy lifestyle, many facilities offer a free access or discounts to its members so even if you are on a budget, you will be able to access a few facilities at a really low price.
In Singapore, we also have the privilege to be surrounded by greenery all around the city with a lot of places to exercise. So don’t hesitate to go to your nearest park for a daily walk or to take advantage of the many running routes where you can easily go for a run without being in the middle of traffic.
Engaging in a new physical activity will quickly have some positive results on your health: you will feel a lot more dynamic, less stressed and will also sleep better.
Stress and anxiety have been proven to be much more common in large cities. Important workloads, long working hours or even imbalance between family and work can indeed cause high levels of stress.
Therefore, it is essential for you to take some time to unwind in order to avoid being overstressed. Some people will like to have a quiet time on their own to relieve stress, while others will prefer to have an intense sports session. You can also take part in yoga or tai chi classes, try a meditation session, go to the spa… Simply try to find the solution that suits you to handle your stress better.
You will quickly notice that taking some time to relax will help you concentrate better, gain self-confidence but also give you some extra-motivation in your professional or personal life.
Protect yourself from the haze
Last but not least, when the haze is around, try to stay indoors as much as possible. The haze is an annual occurrence in Singapore and it typically happens between May and October. It is caused by winds bringing particles of ash from the forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia. On the long term, breathing these particles can increase the risks of developing infections, heart and lung diseases, cancer and stroke. So what can you do to protect your health?
Try to follow these simple steps:
- Avoid going outdoors. If it is really necessary, cover your mouth and nose as you go out.
- Drink more water – this will help your kidneys flush out all the toxins that you absorbed through your skin and lungs. And in the same time, avoid drinking any coffee or alcohol, which would dehydrate your body and leach its nutrients.
- Use an air purifier at home to clean the smallest particles. An air-conditioner can also help removing pollutants.
- Boost your immune system with foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids (oranges, guavas, nuts, seeds, salmon…).
…and do not forget to cover your health!
To make sure that you stay healthy all year round, don’t forget to get your health checked regularly. As Singapore’s healthcare costs are known to be relatively high, it is essential to choose a comprehensive health insurance that will cover all your medical expenses. Contact one of our advisors today to learn more about your insurance solutions.