The Year 2020 definitely didn’t start off on a promising note as most of us would have hoped. With the sudden outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from Wuhan, Singapore too has not been spared.
Most people are afraid and that is understandable.
But from the slew of measures introduced, ranging from the distribution of free masks to the needy (and 4 to each Singaporean household), contact tracing, 14-day quarantine upon return from China, mandatory daily temperature taking and health declaration; I am sure all of Singapore will be able to contain the Wuhan virus spread and eventually triumph over it.
Yet, while our community efforts deserve a thumbs-up, most importantly as individuals, we should also take responsibility. Yes, take responsibility for your own health.
If you are sick, please see a doctor and avoid crowded places. But if you are not sick, life goes on as usual.
Here are 3 tips to boost your immunity to stay healthy during these trying times.
#1: Eat Healthy
Our bodies need good nutrition to operate at its optimal best. Eat from all six class nutrients – i.e. carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, good fats and water.
Only when we have a balanced diet can we stay on top of the situation.
Personally, I love including foods that are high in antioxidants in my meals. Good (and tasty) ones to have include tomatoes, broccoli and all citrus fruits.
If your budget allows you, you can also incorporate supplements such as fish oils and multivitamins.
#2: Continue Exercising
If you are not sick, there is no reason why you should stop exercising or play sports.
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. And extensive medical research has shown that endorphins relieves stress and pain.
We personally advocate a good combination of both indoor workouts in the gym and outdoor exercises.
Gym workouts are good considering that you can choose from functional training, circuit training, HIIT, TABATA to TRX. This depends on your fitness goal – whether you would like to lose weight, build muscle or train for IPPT.
Exercising outdoors too is encouraged as scientists have discovered that the COVID-19 does not thrive as well in hot and humid climates. Getting outdoors allows us to get an adequate supply of Vitamin D – which is necessary for increased immunity and stronger bones.
Of course, steer clear of exercising outdoors from 12pm to 2pm (when the sun is at its strongest) especially if you are not wearing sunscreen.
#3: Wash Hands With Soap
This may sound like common sense but in fact, it’s the little things we do in life that helps us boost our immunity. Take washing hands with soap for example.
When should you wash your hands with soap?
Before eating anything…
After visiting the toilet…
When they are dirty…
And…never touch your eyes, nose and mouth with your bare hands as you just don’t know how much bacteria there is on our hands.
In the event where you have no access to soap, please use a hand sanitizer as most brands claim they kill 99% of germs.
Stay vigilant, stay strong and live healthy not for yourself but also for your loved ones and community!