30 Jun EVERY MOVE COUNTS
Need a mood lifter? Or want to feel better and destress after a long day? Exercise.
One of the great ways to boost your physical and mental health is to have physical activity. A brisk walk, dance class or any activity that you enjoy helps to improve your mood. Physical activity stimulates happy chemicals in your brains that will likely leave you feeling good, relaxed and less anxious. It can also boost your confidence and self-esteem! Exercise also has a significant social component – it gives you the chance to meet new people and establish a network of friends with similar interests. It is such a great way to unwind and connect with families and friends!
However, we also recognise that getting started can be quite challenging to some. There are many reasons why people avoid it. They may think that it is too difficult or lack the motivation and time. We feel you, but we should also acknowledge that physical activity has too many advantages to be ignored. Every move matters. Simply sit less, do any amount of moderate-to-vigorous activities and you will gain some health benefits.
Physical activities bring countless benefits to the human body. It is also important to stay safe during physical activities by following some guidelines:
Use the acronym ‘SAFER’ to remember the key safety tips:
S is for screening, sustainability and suitability of exercise and equipment use
A is for awareness of environment (weather), hydration, nutrition, and rest
F is for fitness level, knowing one’s limits (ability and competency)
E is for exercise with buddies to help take care of each other and be aware of emergency protocol and equipment
R is for responsibility of taking ownership of one’s safety and learn CPR/AED to support others if needed
Ref: SINGAPORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES (SPAG)
Now that you are aware of the benefits of exercising and are well equipped with some basic exercise knowledge, why not put them to good use? Our upcoming event, the Good Vibes Run, happening from 15 -18 Sept, is the perfect opportunity for you to start. There are three spectacular 5km routes for you to choose from. Best news is, you can walk, jog, run, roller blade or even cycle! Everyone can experience the health benefits of physical activities – age, race, ethnicity, abilities, shape or size do not matter. Let’s spread the good vibes and have some healthy fun!