8 Easy Ways to Make Your Day Healthier!

by Dawn Chen
HEALTH  |  September 11, 2016
  • Follow these quick tips and be on your way to a better, happier you.
    1 / 9 Follow these quick tips and be on your way to a better, happier you.

    Have your best day ever by making these small tweaks that promise big benefits for your overall well-being!

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  • Have a healthier day by… protecting your skin. 
    2 / 9 Have a healthier day by… protecting your skin. 

    After washing your face, remember to moisturise and put on some sunscreen to fend off environmental aggressors like UV rays. Trust us, your future self will thank you. If you’re not big on liquid sunscreen, try a powder or spray-on version instead.

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  • Have a healthier day by… eating breakfast.
    3 / 9 Have a healthier day by… eating breakfast.

    For a more nutritious option, why not have a bowl of yummy overnight oats? The fibre will aid bowel movement and keep you full longer, plus eating oats has been shown to reduce your risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Try out this delicious overnight oats recipe. (For other healthy breakfast options, read this for five quick and tasty ideas.)

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  • Have a healthier day by… squeezing in a quick workout.
    4 / 9 Have a healthier day by… squeezing in a quick workout.

    We’re not talking about some killer HIIT here. Instead, start your day with some simple stretches and easy poses like these eight stress-busting yoga moves. They’ll help you relax and improve your blood circulation.

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  • Have a healthier day by… looking on the bright side. 
    5 / 9 Have a healthier day by… looking on the bright side. 

    It might be tempting to scroll through your Facebook news feed on the way to work, but leave the online stalking to later in the day if you often get FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). The same goes for reading the news. You don’t need to be bombarded with negativity so early in the day. Instead, use your travel time to reflect or catch up with a friend via text.

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  • Have a healthier day by… counting your blessings. 
    6 / 9 Have a healthier day by… counting your blessings. 

    Being grateful isn’t just good for your state of mind, but has physical benefits too – research by the American Psychological Association shows that giving thanks and expressing gratitude can improve your heart health. It “was associated with better mood, better sleep, less fatigue and lower levels of inflammatory biomarkers related to cardiac health,” says lead author Paul Mills.

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  • Have a healthier day by… listening to music.
    7 / 9 Have a healthier day by… listening to music.

    Beat midday sleepiness by plugging in to your favourite tunes. It’ll keep you calm by decreasing your cortisol levels, plus it also helps to lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Perfect for beating any office blues!

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  • Have a healthier day by… eating more vegetables instead of fruits.
    8 / 9 Have a healthier day by… eating more vegetables instead of fruits.

    Eating fruits are good for you, but be careful not to overdo them as they are high in sugar. Instead, try to incorporate more vegetables into your diet for a nutrient hit. If you’re bored of the usual lettuce and spinach leaves, try dining at these top vegetarian and vegan eateries in Singapore instead!

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  • Have a healthier day by… going to bed early.
    9 / 9 Have a healthier day by… going to bed early.

    In our fast-moving society, sleep sometimes feels like a luxury. Take the time to wind down and hit the sack at least seven to eight hours before your alarm rings. Sleeping less than five hours a night makes you 82 per cent more likely to catch the flu, pneumonia or an ear infection, says a study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. (Have trouble sleeping? Read this for more easy tips on having better, deeper sleep.) Make sure your bedroom is dim and cool, and think about all the things you’re grateful for before drifting off. Sweet dreams!

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