Tuesday 23 August 2016


“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” – Mark Twain (American author and humourist)

There is more truth to Twain’s famous words than one might like. Many of us live busy lives that leave us so little time for ourselves, we end up neglecting our health and bodies. To live fulfilling, colourful lives, we must learn to take care of and preserve our energy. Here are some tips on how.

Get Moving 
Yoga is terrific for ironing out any tight knots in your body, stretching out tired muscles and relieving residual work stress. For those working in the Central Business District (CBD), you will be pleased to know that there are several studios located in that vicinity offering pilates, yoga and aerobics classes. Sign up at Hom Yoga Singapore at Canton Street or True Yoga at the Ocean Financial Centre for truly revitalising after-work workout sessions. To save on costs, simply buy or rent videos on yoga and schedule in an hour’s worth of exercise before dinner. Three times a week of yoga, with each session lasting an hour or so, will be sure to keep your wits about you, and your spirits up. Aside from yoga, other forms of exercise work, too; you can opt for a leisurely cycle or to take a long evening stroll after dinner. Studies have shown that 30 minutes per day each day is the optimal amount of exercise for a person.

Choose Water 
Swap your sweetened, carbonated drinks for water and limit your much-needed alcoholic adventures to once a week. Six to eight glasses of water a day is ideal. Simply make sure that you drink a glass of water when you wake up, a glass before each meal and another during the meal, a glass before you go to bed, as well as having a water bottle with you everywhere you go, so it is no excuse for you not to drink enough water. Drinking water not only helps one to lose weight, but also flushes out toxins in your body, thus leading to improved and clearer skin. A lack of water can lead to dehydration, which drains you of energy and makes you lethargic. Water works wonders for a worn out system by carrying nutrients to your cells and keeping your body healthy. Bottoms up!

Eat Right 
Instead of your usual packet of instant noodles and microwaved dinners, make the choice to switch to healthier options. With the countless number of recipes online and cookbooks around, whipping up a quick and delicious meal cannot get any easier. During lunch on working days, steer clear of greasy foods, such as chicken rice and curries, and stick to better alternatives like sliced fish soup and tofu-based dishes. Ask for more vegetables and less oil at stalls that permit you to, and stock up on fresh fruit. If you cook for dinner, then it’s even better. Simply use the leftovers from dinner to assemble a nutritious and scrumptious chicken sandwich, stuffed full with lettuce and tomato. Today, more and more eateries and cafés include a variety of salads and soups in their menus, catering to an increasingly health-conscious population.

Make Smart Decisions 
The small decisions are the ones that shape the way we live. Live well for yourself and for your loved ones. When you make a conscious effort to change your little habits, such as incorporating exercise in a hectic day and giving up your deep fried chicken drumstick for a sushi roll, you are taking a leap each time, moving closer to an ideal, healthier lifestyle.