Want to get healthier and more energetic but not sure where to start? Fret not, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite resolutions recommended by experts so you can start fine-tuning your routine. Plus, these lifestyle tweaks are not all that difficult to incorporate. Read on to make 2019 your best year ever!
1 / 9 And they are actually doableRead more
2 / 9 Banish your phone before bedRead more
For a better night’s rest, turn your phone off or leave it outside the bedroom before hitting the sack. “Too much blue light from devices at bedtime affect melatonin production, giving your body the impression that you aren’t ready for sleep,” explains Guardian pharmacist Tiah Hui Xian. Poor sleep quality can lead to weight gain and poor performance the next day. Plus, blue light rays can also harm your skin and cause premature ageing, she adds.
(Also read: Your Smartphone Could Be Making You Less Smart)
3 / 9 Cut down on acidic foodsRead more
Food acids are commonly found in soft drinks, juices, vinegar and even white wines, says Dr Yue Weng Cheu, clinical director at DP Dental. “Consume these moderately, and wait at least 30 minutes after a meal before brushing your teeth,” he advises. The reason: it takes time for saliva to restore acidity levels in the mouth. Then finish up the teeth cleaning with a well-designed toothbrush. Try Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart Sonic($399, electronics stores), which boasts soft flexible bristles to remove more plaque.
4 / 9 Wash your hands before touching your contact lensesRead more
Poor hygiene is a prime cause of corneal infection which affects roughly 4 in 10,000 soft contact lens wearers and 22 in 10,000 extended contact lens wearers, according to the Singapore National Eye Centre. If you can’t reduce your wear time, switch to dailies. A good option is Alcon’s dailies Total1 Multifocal($98 per box), which boasts super high water content levels on the surface for more comfort and clear vision.
(Also read: Why Everyone Needs to Wash Their Hands)
5 / 9 Have more "me time"Read more
Carving out time alone has been found to improve productivity and increase feelings of happiness and gratitude. It can be as simple as setting aside five minutes to meditate every morning or rewarding yourself with a spa weekend. If you are crunched for time, try scheduling a quick facial or foot soak after your gym session at the one-stop Amore Fitness & Boutique Spa, located at various locations in Singapore.
(Also read: 7 Time Saving Gadgets to Simplify Your Life)
6 / 9 Throw open your windowsRead more
Researchers at the University of Oregon found that a sunlit room allowed just 6.8 per cent of bacteria to reproduce as compared to 12 per cent in a dark room. Not only is natural light great for keeping spaces cleaner, it improves your overall mood as well.
7 / 9 Go organic if you canRead more
A new French study analysing data from 69,000 people found that those who ate the most organic foods lowered their risk of cancer by 25 per cent. But while going organic is an option for those who can afford it, that doesn’t mean we should stop buying non-organic fruits and vegetables as they are proven to reduce your chances of chronic disease and cancer, say experts.
8 / 9 Schedule your workoutsRead more
Instead of saying “I’ll exercise if I knock off on time today”, pencil your workout into the calendar and stick to the plan. This helps you prioritise your active time and keeps you on track with your fitness goals.
9 / 9 Reduce time on social mediaRead more
US researchers have found that limiting your time on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram to just 30 minutes a day or less can reduce your feelings of depression and loneliness. On the flip side, other studies have found that excessive use of social media can induce feelings of envy, fear of missing out (FOMO) and exclusion since it looks like everyone else has a more interesting social life than you do.
(Also read: Here’s How Social Media Can (Gasp!) Make You Fat)
LIFESTYLE | 17 February 2019
FOOD | 17 February 2019