Team Nila volunteers at one of the mask distribution points. Photo: Team Nila Facebook
Singaporeans from all walks of life are coming together as we seek to fight the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or Wuhan virus, as it is more commonly known. From volunteering at mask distribution points across the island to individuals giving out free surgical masks at MRT stations, everyone is doing their part to get through this tough situation together.
When to wear a mask?
As individuals, we can also play our part by being socially responsible and wearing a mask if we are feeling unwell. You should also see a doctor as soon as possible and stay away from crowds until you are fully recovered.
Exercising or playing a sport outdoors
However, if you are not sick, there is no reason to stop working out or playing a sport with your mates during this period. In fact, exercising outdoors has been linked to improved mental health, such as reduction in stress levels, boost in self-esteem levels, and enhanced mental well-being, according to a study published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal.
Exercising outdoors is good for your immune system. Photo: Sport Singapore
Being under the sun also provides you with a healthy dose of vitamin D, which is essential for strong bones, a healthy immune system and strengthen metabolic function. Additionally, exposure to sunlight can improve sleep quality, raise immunity and increase endorphin production to lift your spirits.
Good nutrition to maintain optimal immune system
Our immune system requires vitamins and minerals to function at an optimum level. Consuming a wholesome and varied diet ensures that our immune system operates at peak performance and helps us guard against illnesses and immunodeficiency problems.
Consuming a wholesome and varied diet ensures that our immune system operates at peak performance. Photo: Sport Singapore
Foods such as citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, spinach and garlic are just some examples of immune boosters that you can consume to stay fighting fit and raise immunity.
Here are some healthy lunch ideas and recipes for your consideration.
Relieve stress to prevent suppressing of immune system
Consider going for a run to relieve stress. Photo: Sport Singapore
Yes, stress can weaken our immune system. Basically, higher levels of cortisol and adrenaline can suppress our immune system and we will find ourselves falling sick more frequently. To counter this, why not go for a run or do some yoga to relieve all that pent up stress from work or school.
It is good to keep yourself updated on the status of the coronavirus situation but don't get unduly stressed over fake news that may be circulated to instill fear and unrest.
Photo: Active Health
A lack of sleep can make you more prone to falling sick as your body produces less antibodies in response to an infection when it does not get enough rest.
Every hour of sleep matters to our immune system. Getting less than seven hours of sleep almost triples our risk of catching the flu bug.
Lastly, do remember to practise good personal hygiene by washing your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. Visiting our ActiveSG facilities? Do have a look at this advisory before heading down.
- Wash your hands frequently
- Practice respiratory hygiene
- Maintain social distancing
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth
- Seek medical care if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing
- Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products
You can also check out the wide array of Active Health programmes on offer at the various Active Health Labs and ActiveSG Sport Centres.
In the meantime, stay active and be safe! #SGUnited
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Gary Yang is a myActiveSG Editor and Presenter. Gary started his career as a suit cum copywriter at an advertising agency, followed by a successful stint in Corporate Communications with Singapore Press Holdings and Asia Pacific Breweries, before eventually joining the editorial team at Sport Singapore. He now turns his attention to fitness and wellness headlines and sniffing out news angles in the sporting arena. Follow Gary on Instagram @thisisgaryyang