Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fruits, Vegetables and Exercises

I know all of us are encouraged to consume 2 servings of fruits and vegetables, as so advised by the Health Promotion Board for better Health. I also know that we are strongly encouraged to exercise 2 to 3 times per week for healthier bodies. I know these facts but like many, putting them into practice can be really a challenge.

With the busy hectic lifestyles we lead, in the office, we would normally just gobble down all the MSG-laden noodles and rice and snack up on unhealthy snacks hurrily. There are definitely some fruits for sale at the many cafes, coffeeshops but I do not consume them; the reason being that these cut fruits are often sold at such a mark-up from the prices sold at the markets and secondly have being cut and exposed to the surroundings for hours, how much of the original vitamin content can be retained?

I have brought some fruits before to the office. However, it is rather challenging to eat them in the office when it is always so busy at work. In the past, I tend to gnaw on apples with the skin on, as health experts have told us that the skin contains great nutrients for health. However with the increased use of pesticides, it is now a tad dangerous to be eating apples this way, lock, stock and barrel. If you bring a shaver to shave off the skin, you will be eating away some time from work just to do that and it can be hardly excusable if you have a hectic work schedule.

To embrace healthy living, we need to exercise. However with the many hours committed at work, we come back home, tired and still have to deal with our own personal affairs, as a result, many become couch potatoes the moment they return home...staying glued to the TV.

It really takes discipline to find time to eat that two fruits and two servings of vegetables a day and exercise for at least 20 min for a minimum of 3 times per week. I am still faring okay.. having some exercises here and there, popping a muli-vitamin (as a substitute for fruits).....

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