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7 useful tips to stay safe and healthy in Singapore

These tips will help you be your healthiest self this season

By Dewi Nurjuwita
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It goes without saying, but we should all stay at home as much as we can until the situation gets better. But if you do have to go out, the general rules apply: like washing your hands (with soap) frequently, lathering up on the sanitiser after touching surfaces like doorknobs, bus handles, and MRT handrails, and avoiding touching your face and mouth. Once you've got those bases covered, don't forget another important factor: maintaining a healthy lifestyle. 

Our team at Time Out Singapore are strong advocates of taking good care of yourself. There's no better love than self-love, after all. To give you a refresher, we've come up with some tips to help you be your healthiest self this season. 

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Sweat it out

We know, we know – it's probably been said to death. But regular exercise can help your immune system perform at a higher level. And while all gyms are closed during the 'circuit breaker' period, there are plenty of local gyms offering free online classes – either through Instagram Live or Zoom. Stay zen at home with these digital yoga classes or the best online workouts from local gyms, whether it's Haus Athletics or CruCycle. All you need is 20 minutes a day. Just be sure to stay hydrated and stretch after your workout. 

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Go outdoors


If you're getting cabin fever from cooping yourself up at home, head to the nearest park for a jog or hike at a nature reserve – if you're staying nearby, that is. After all, getting some fresh air and immersing yourself in greenery is a good way to keep sickness at bay. Spend a portion of your weekend checking out lush hiking trails around town or go for a spin at these cycling routes in Singapore. We've also got a list of secret parks and hidden green spaces in Singapore. Just remember to follow the proper social distancing guidelines, that is. 

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Mask up

While you're out, remember to put a mask on – or be prepared to face a $300 fine. This helps to prevent a larger community transmission, especially as we don't know who may be asymptomatic. Here's everything you need to know about face masks in Singapore, including the different types of masks available and where to buy them. 

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Eat your greens

The age-old tip to staying healthy is eating healthy. Try to stick to a well-balanced, low-fat diet with lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Luckily for us, there are tons of healthy restaurants in Singapore that are doing delivery. For those flirting with the idea of a plant-based diet, check out this list best vegetarian and vegan restaurants around town. Craving for something sweet? Acai bowls have numerous benefits, too. 

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Catch some z's

Achieving the right amount of sleep each night – about seven to nine hours – helps the body repair itself. So hit pause on your You binge and snuggle up in the sheets instead. Need to invest in comfier duvets or bedsheets? You might just find them at these best home decor and furniture stores.

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Apps to get you through

Now that we're all basically in a relationship with technology, there are a variety of health and mindfulness apps to get you through the 'circuit breaker' period. If you're a beginner at meditation, Headspace and Calm will guide you to the path of zen.  Have mild symptoms and want to get it checked first before heading to the doctor? Download one of the telemedicine apps on the market such as Sata CommHealth and Doctor World

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