Looking good and feeling good come hand in hand. And although we’ve always been told that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, the outside needs some help to stay healthy too. After all, if you look good, you feel good, and vice versa.
Being healthy should cover both areas but sometimes one part may be neglected. For example, you may be eating healthily but aren’t taking care of your skin externally – this will not result in the best possible complexion! You need to work on both together for the best possible results.
We’ve decided to help you out by listing out a few things that you could start with. This may not cover it all but you’ll get the idea!
We all shower daily (at least one would assume so!) but how many of us actually think of what’s in the gels and soaps that we use? Sometimes, we are all too lax with the chemicals that we put on our bodies and place too much trust in the manufacturers and the relevant authorities in deciding what is safe and what is not. How about making informed decisions yourself? Know what to look out for before you lather up. A good rule of thumb would be to choose products with all-natural and toxin-free ingredients – if it has ingredients that you can’t pronounce, chances are, the product isn’t very natural!
There are tons of skincare products out on the market and sometimes being bombarded with images of beautiful people can be a very persuasive tactic of getting you to buy those products. Buying those big name brands that you see in those glossy magazines however may not be the best thing for your skin. Again, you have to decide if you want to slather all those chemicals onto your face. Look for products that are safe, gentle and will give you beautiful skin without all those potentially dangerous chemicals. Yes, sometimes it is claimed that whatever chemicals may be in minute amounts and are negligible but do you really want to take that risk when you have other options? Go for all-natural, chemical-free, toxin-free and cruelty-free products that are not only kinder on your skin but you can also take comfort in the knowledge that your beauty did not come at the cost of the suffering of any living creature – win-win situation!
This is of course the most important thing that you put into your bodies, so you should always try and eat a balanced diet with loads of fresh and unprocessed foods. Having fast food drive-throughs may be convenient but they’re certainly not in any way beneficial to your health! Be more aware of what you eat – go for organic food if possible as these contain no harmful pesticides and chemicals. You should also take care of how you prepare your meals - for example, having deep-fried organic chicken is kind of an unhealthy no-no as it somewhat defeats the purpose! Use the best quality ingredients possible (that won’t burn a hole in your pocket) and prepare delicious and healthy meals. Try making a delicious panfried salmon dish or even healthy char kuey teow, and then a chocolate chia pudding for dessert!
Taking supplements will also help to keep you healthy. This is because although we may try to have a balanced diet, there are supplements that can help to boost your health further and enhance certain functions. But not all supplements are created equal! There have been cases where supplements sold are found to contain more fillers than anything else, so be careful of what you purchase. Do be wary and do your research on what those ingredients mean. (Note: A ‘natural’ or traditional product doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe. Some natural herbs can be dangerous so do practice caution)
And last but not least, physical health. Exercise is very important as part of maintaining your overall health. Even if you’re not a gym enthusiast, some form of physical activity is encouraged at least three times a week. Of course, how much exercise you need depends on your level of fitness and your intended goals. If you hate running, take up pilates. If you want something more vigorous, take up kickboxing or maybe even a dance class. If you’re really up for a challenge then try a HIIT class. The point is, there will be something that you can do and actually enjoy, so just do it!
Do seek advice from your doctor before you embark on any fitness routine, especially if you have existing health conditions.
The above tips should get you off to a good start. Now go forth and make those necessary changes for a better and healthier you – both inside and out.