While there’s plenty of health news that just seems like its designed to scare the pants off us, there’s plenty that we need to pay attention to, too. This monthly update will answer a few questions and give you news that’s relevant to keeping you fit and healthy in Singapore.
Move over, smart watches – there’s a new wearable technology in town that can help us in the time of coronavirus. Leading event tech platform PouchNATION has taken its wearable technology and integrated it with real-time body temperature monitoring, allowing households and businesses to do contactless health-screening checks. This is genius – not only for the workplace, but also for families looking after relatives from afar. You’ll you get notified if your elderly mum’s temperature rises above normal no matter where she is in the world, with symptoms logged into the free mobile app. And, the contactless technology means you won’t have to bother your kids with daily temperature checks, as you can see their status in real time! The wristbands themselves are lightweight and water-resistant, and come in various colours and sizes – and they don’t require charging!
Learn more at pouchpass.com.
Hitting All the Right Spots
It’s normal to feel aches and pains after intense exercise. Known as delayed onset muscles soreness (DOMS), the feeling typically occurs 12 to 24 hours after the workout, and can be anywhere from simply uncomfortable to full-on painful – and a foam roller or self-massage will probably not be enough. Luckily, there’s a powerful post-workout recovery tool that can help. Now available in Singapore, the Hydragun uses percussive massage therapy to vibrate and massage your sore muscles, improving blood flow and muscle repair to help you bounce back faster.
From 5 October to 5 November, EL readers can get $20 off their Hydragun purchase with the code “EXPATLIVING20” at hydragun.sg.
Fitness to Feel Good About
Happening until 4 November, the 3M Moves at South East (previously known as 3M Step-Up Challenge) is an opportunity to work out while doing some good at the same time. For every 20 minutes of exercise clocked, 3M Singapore will donate a 3M household product pack to elderly and families in need – an awesome initiative to get on board with! In addition to jogging and swimming, participants can join in free, virtual exercise classes – including F45, CrossFit and yoga workouts – hosted by participating gym partners.
Find out more at 3m.com.sg/3m/en_sg/company-sg/3mmoves.
Q. What exactly is mindful eating?
New dieting fads come around so often, listing what you should or shouldn’t eat, that at times it can feel overwhelming. But with a simple set of techniques, you can avoid all that by tuning into your mind and your body for long-term change. This is known as “mindful eating”.
Mindful eating offers a positive alternative. This approach (also called intuitive eating) draws on mindfulness, a practice that involves developing self-awareness to combat stress, along with other positive effects.
With mindful eating, rather than dieting, you work on really understanding what you’re eating and why. In this way, you make conscious choices, and learn to understand how foods make you feel physically and mentally. You can discover which foods give you pleasure, not only immediately, but also in the long term.
A major hurdle in maintaining weight is the easy availability of food. If we eat mindlessly – in front of the television, for example – it’s easy to consume large quantities without realising, or without even really enjoying it.
Eating mindfully involves exploring how you feel when you are eating, how you feel afterwards, and considering what you might do differently next time. Over time, the idea is to understand what works for you, so that you can become more aware of what you eat and enjoy your meals more intensely.
Next time you eat, slow down and use all your senses to become aware of every detail about the food. Put your cutlery down on your plate between bites, and pause before picking it up for your next mouthful. Focus on the sensations of chewing and swallowing the food, and all the different tastes and textures.
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