6 Easy Ideas to Lead a Healthier Lifestyle

HEALTH  |  October 07, 2016
  • 1. Eat more vegetables
    1 / 6 1. Eat more vegetables

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    It’s hard to meet my daily minimum vegetable intake if I eat out (which is often), so I’ve started implementing Meatless Mondays instead. (Also Read: 10 Unusual Vegetables for Meatless Mondays) The aim is to eat more greens, as opposed to just cutting out meat (so a bowl of yong tau foo with veggies counts, but not plain prata). It can be difficult at first, so start with baby steps. At the very least, you’ll become more mindful of what you’re eating! 

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  • 2. Love your gut
    2 / 6 2. Love your gut

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    Probiotics have really been in the limelight lately, and have been linked to improving digestive health and boosting one’s immune system. I try to get a daily probiotic fix by starting my day with some yogurt. This is especially important whenever I travel as it helps to strengthen my stomach and regulate bowel movement. 

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  • 3. Join a class
    3 / 6 3. Join a class

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    In a bid to correct my posture and strengthen my core and back, I signed up for weekly Pilates classes with my sister. Working out with a buddy makes me more motivated, and sticking to a class means my teacher can track my improvement, plus she knows what I can and can’t do. If you’d rather not be bound by a workout package, grab a friend and join one of the Health Promotion Board’s free workouts instead.   

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  • 4. Have a goal
    4 / 6 4. Have a goal

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    I find that it’s much easier to make a lifestyle change if I’m working towards something. Every year, I count down the days to Shape Run and train for it. Since I’m not naturally inclined to run, it means having the discipline to squeeze in weekly training runs. There are days I’d much rather just stay home, but I’ll will myself to lace up and hit the road anyway. (Also Read: 6 Stretches You Must Do Before & After a Run)

    Now that Shape Run 2016 is done and dusted, I still make it a point to hit the road and clock a weekly run – all in a bid to hatch my Pokemon Go eggs and catch new creatures!

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  • 5. Boost your water
    5 / 6 5. Boost your water

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    A couple of months ago, I noticed an increasing number of colleagues adding chia seeds to their water bottles. These little seeds are packed with antioxidants and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, plus they’re so easy to incorporate in your diet! They don’t really have a taste, and I like adding just a little to my water or yogurt. This is an easy way to sneak in extra nutrients into your diet. I also know friends who add goji berries, cucumbers, or lemon slices to their water for a vitamin hit, so it’s really up to you. Get creative, and have fun!

     

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  • 6. Rest more
    6 / 6 6. Rest more

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    This one I’m still working on. I already know the benefits of getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but sometimes I just don’t have the discipline to go to bed as early as I should. I generally try to hit the sack by 11.30pm, but I’ve been tweaking my bedtime to be half an hour earlier. After all, it’s not like I fall asleep immediately when I crawl into bed. (Also read: 9 Ways to wake up happier)

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