The mere thought of being active can be tiring, especially when age catches up. Yet whatever your age, being active is crucial to good health. Contrary to common misconception, this is even more so as one gets older and energy levels decrease.
An active lifestyle reduces the risk of many health problems, including obesity, cardiovascular diseases, Type 2 diabetes, strokes, some cancers like colon, prostate and breast cancer, and osteoporosis.
Even if one does not suffer from health problems, physical activity has many other benefits. It makes the body stronger through increased bone density and muscle mass, improved balance and improved ability of muscle to take in blood glucose. It slows down the ageing process through increased mobility and reduces body fat. Endorphins, or “feel-good” hormones released during exercise improves the mood and reduces depression.
Staying mentally active also contributes to overall well-being. It will keep the mind sharp at any age, so that one can lead a rich and fulfilling life. It is also a recommended form of deterrence against neuro- degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Learning a new skill or honing existing skills are the best ways to help you stay curious and involved.
There are many affordable ways to enjoy an active lifestyle. Aside from the usual free fitness amenities and grassroots events that you can tap on, your nearest community clubs offer a plethora of activities and courses.
The following are examples of practical and fun courses that are held on a regular basis or have been held recently in community clubs in the Bishan and Toa Payoh areas. They are suitable for adult beginners and are available in English.
360 degrees body fitness
Learn varied and all- rounded workouts to improve fitness and achieve weight loss goals. Components taught include body toning, cardiovascular training, dance fitness, kick boxing, pilates and yoga. These training segments enhance muscle endurance, strength, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and metabolism, which are all important for optimal health at any age.
A fun and energetic activity comprising of various dance movements ranging from Hip- Hop to Salsa. The movements set you high on energy as you dance to the beat of catchy, vibrant music. It is an enjoyable way to lose weight and get in shape.
Hawker’s Delight – Local Delights at Home!
Learn to make delicious hawker food such as Hokkien Prawn Mee at home. By learning how to prepare the dishes yourself, you have absolute control over the ingredients and will be able to customise them to your heart’s content. No need to worry about annoying the hawker aunty or uncle with your picky tastebuds!
Bags and pouch making
Sewing is an intricate activity that will hone your focus and good hand-eye coordination skills. Furthermore, knowing to sew can help you to save money. You will be able to do simple repairs on your clothing, and express your creativity through hand-made products that will make original treasured gifts.
Baking for parents and kids
Getting children involved in food preparation not only helps them to be more appreciative of food, but also increases their confidence and self-reliance. This also presents an excellent opportunity for the family to bond. Children can attend the class unaccompanied which also has the bonus of providing opportunities for them to socialise with other children.
The above list is barely the tip of the iceberg. For more information and classes, visit https://one.pa.gov.sg/CRMSPortal/CRMSPortal.portal or call your nearest community club. Passion Card members enjoy courses at discounted prices. A 5-year membership term costs $ 72 for adults aged 18 – 59 years old and $10 for anyone outside this age group.
– This article first appeared in a lifestyle magazine.