Every year, you make a resolution to start living healthier compared to the previous year. You go on a hunt for sports and fitness classes that you can attend after school or work.
But sometimes, life gets in the way, and you find that you might not have much time to spare for recreational sports activities. However, don’t let that stop you from leading a healthy lifestyle!
Healthy living extends beyond sweating out in the gym, lifting dumbbells and running on the treadmill. Healthy living is about taking responsibilities and making smart health choices for today and for the future. And eating right, maintaining your emotional wellness and spiritual well-being all come under healthy living.
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.” — World Health Organisation (WHO)
They can be as simple as incorporating healthy lifestyle habits into your daily life. But what are these habits that do not involve exercising? Let us run through these activities that Verlocal has in store for you to get you started on your journey towards a cleaner and greener way of living.
Related: 7 Fun Ways to Get in Shape This Year
As we mentioned, healthy living also means being spiritually hale and hearty.
Before you can do anything listed on this guide, you need to be spiritually well. If you are not, you may not be able to find in yourself the motivation to pursue any of the following steps.
When we talk about spirituality and relaxation, there is no way we can ignore the importance of mediation.
Allow your body to restore balance and renew vitality with meditation classes:
Price: $50/pax (1 workshop), $90/pax (3 workshops)
Date & Time: 13 June, 2PM — 5PM and 16 June, 10.30AM — 1.30PM
Appreciating the arts is another secular spiritual activity that you can engage in. When you express yourself through art, you find yourself more at peace as stress and tension reduces:
Price: $99/pax, $195/2 pax
Date: 24 June
Time: 2PM — 5PM
Exercising and eating healthy come hand in hand. It’s no good if you focus on just working out and neglect what you eat. In fact, some sources say that what you put into your mouth is even more important than how you groom it physically.
Preparing healthy snacks is really no hard chore and all ingredients can be easily sourced from our local supermarkets. And the best part is that you can have your snacks at any time of the day. Whether you’re a working adult, or a school-going youth, you can pop your snacks into your mouth whenever you need something to appease your hunger.
You can start your day off with muesli, which works as a great breakfast option because it has lesser sugar and calories as compared to other cereals:
Date: 6 June
Time: 12.30PM — 1.30PM
You can also go for a crash course that teaches you how to cook 6 fresh and simple snacks, that can serve as breakfast, lunch and dinner:
Date: 12 June
Time: 6.30PM — 8.30PM
And to treat yourself with some savoury snacks, you can make fruit tarts to placate your sweet tooth (don’t worry it’s still healthy!):
Date: 23 June
Time: 9.30AM — 3PM
Building terrariums is a great way to keep both yourself and your environment clean. By nature, humans and plants co-exist and rely on each other for oxygen and carbon dioxide.
In our homes, schools and offices, we regularly use air conditioning, which reduces the air exchange in buildings. We end up breathing the same stale air over and over again.
Thus, when you add terrariums to these spaces, you can replace polluted air with cleaner and fresher air.
Not just the environment, but you too can benefit greatly from terrariums! You can enjoy a reduction in stress and anxiety levels, lower heart and blood pressure rates and higher quality of life.
Date: 23 June, 6, 14, 21 July, 10, 18, 25 July
Time: 2PM — 4PM
If terrariums are not your thing, another way that you can go green is by reducing plastic waste. So instead of using disposable plastic cutlery or other non-biodegradable cutlery, why not make your own eco-friendly cutlery? It looks aesthetic and you can do your part to conserve the environment!
Date: 23 June
Time: 10AM — 1.30PM
Finding time to spend with your loved ones may not be easy these days, but it is not impossible.
Like what Australian entrepreneur Rachael Bermingham once said, “It’s not about having enough time. It’s about making enough time.”
Needless to say, research has also shown that family time reaps profound benefits. Even something as simple as having a meal together as a family promotes healthy development of children. And this extends to adults as well.
Additionally, healthy relationships with friends yield long-term physical and emotional health benefits, such as lessened grief, and increase in camaraderie to help you reach your personal goals.
What are some things you can do with your loved ones? Consider making some beautiful coasters to place under your cup of coffee or tea!
Price: $80.95/pax, $152.38/2 pax
Date: 9, 16, 23, 30 June
Time: 11AM — 1PM
You can also go for a stamp making session, as a group, to make personalised stamps bearing all of your friends’ and family members’ names:
Date: 2 September
Time: 2PM — 5PM
Related: 15 Unique Family-Friendly Things to Do in Singapore this June Holiday
Now that June is hitting real close, some of you may have short overseas trips planned out for yourself. For the rest who have nothing planned out, especially involving flying over to another country, don’t worry. You can be a tourist in Singapore for a day!
“But Singapore is so small! What’s there to see?” You might actually be surprised by the number of things you can do in Singapore. Pay a visit to places in Singapore that you have never visited before and you can even join a tour group if you want to learn more about the area you’re visiting.
You can get in touch with nature and history on this tour around Fort Canning, to learn about Singapore’s past dating 700 years back:
Date: 21 August
Time: 9AM — 12.30PM
To celebrate the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival (18 June), embark on a foodie adventure to make dragon boat dumplings yourself:
Date: 13 June
Time: 9AM — 12.30PM
Or if you want to experience Singapore’s nightlife like a tourist, you can go for Pub Crawls just for $5:
Date: Every Saturday from 25 August to 1 December
Time: 7.30PM — 11.30PM
Find plenty of other social events that you can attend here!
Everyone needs music in their life. It is therapeutic because it instils in you a sense of happiness and positivity, and it is a great way to express your feelings. Some even say music is the greatest creation of man.
There are many ways to incorporate music into your lives. It can be as simple as listening to music, such as performances by world class orchestras and opera singers:
Date: 2 June
Time: 7PM — 11PM
Or learning to play an instrument:
Date: 30 May to 30 November
Time: 11AM, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7PM
Home. Office. School. Home. This has become the daily routine for most of us. We find ourselves going through the same pattern everyday and let’s be honest, it can take quite a toll on our body. This can breed frustration and unhappiness when we find ourselves doing the same thing everyday.
So for a chance, why not embark on a new routine? One that involves you trying new things everyday?
Related: Things You Can Do Every Day in Singapore: June 2018
Coming out of your comfort zone and doing things you have never done before helps you overcome fear, and get to know yourself better. You test your limits and potential and by doing so, you see a new version of yourself.
It does not have to be something exotic or out of the world! It can be as simple as participating in a festival you may not have celebrated before, like Deepavali Evening Walk and Dinner in Little India:
Date: 1, 2 November
Time: 6.30PM — 10PM
Or making handmade chocolates for yourself and your loved ones:
Date: 19 June, 28 June
Time: 10AM — 3PM
Alternatively, you challenge yourself by building your own app:
The activities and events in this guide are definitely not exhaustive! There are so many other things that you can do to achieve a perfect balance of physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. Check out our Verlocal page for more ways to live healthily this year!