5 habits of happy, healthy people [Infographic]

Start your journey to a fitter and more cheerful you today with these simple tweaks!

It’s every parent’s dream to live to a ripe old age and see their children grow up, marry the love of their life and have their own children. And you and your significant other have a better chance of achieving that goal when you consciously try to stay fit.

When parents practise good health habits, your children will have great examples to follow. Involving your family ensures that everyone works together to achieve a common goal! Here are great habits to instil today…

Infographic: Syahirah Maszaid

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1) Sleep more

Insufficient shuteye makes you less mentally alert and may give rise to an increased level of stress hormones — known as cortisol — in your body. In the long run, high levels of cortisol leads to an increased blood pressure and poor heart health.

Besides getting junior to sleep earlier and longer, you’ll also nod off easier when you:

* Turn your master bedroom into a gadget free zone.
* Avoid looking at any gadget at least two hours before bedtime.
* Make sure your room is really dark by installing heavy, thick curtains to block out light or put on a sleeping mask.

Insufficient shuteye makes you less mentally alert and may give rise to an increased level of stress hormones — known as cortisol — in your body.

2) Give up bad habits

While there are benefits to the occasional glass of bubbly, consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can add years to your face, since it causes fine lines and wrinkles to develop. It also strips the body of collagen and hence skin elasticity, and makes the complexion red, dry ad puffy.

Your spouse’s sperm health isn’t spared, either. Alcohol can damage sperm quality by increasing the oestrogen levels in his body. The Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommends no more than two standard alcohol drinks for men and one standard drink for women. A 330ml can of beer or 175ml glass of wine or 35ml of spirits counts as one standard drink.

Smoking is another bad habit you need to ditch. Just smoking one stick a day can dramatically increase your risk of throat, mouth, bladder and lung cancer, as well as heart disease. Indeed, some seven Singaporeans die prematurely from smoking-related diseases daily and tobacco use kills about 5.4 million people worldwide in a year.

Junior is also be more likely to pick up smoking if he’s constantly exposed to caregivers who smoke. You’ll also be increasing his risk of contracting a variety of health conditions, thanks to second- and third-hand smoke.

If you’re struggling to stub it out, try replacing cigarettes with less harmful alternatives. These can range from nicotine patches, gums, lozenges and inhalers that you can buy from pharmacies. Getting the support of friends and loved ones matters as well. For help, call the HPB’s Quitline at 1800-438 2000.