General Health

The cost of healthcare in Singapore has been rising continuously throughout the years. And even with the poor economic outlook, I really doubt that healthcare cost will go down anytime soon....

The cost of healthcare in Singapore has been rising continuously throughout the years. And even with the poor economic outlook, I really doubt that healthcare cost will go down anytime soon. I mean, people still get sick during recession right? In fact, more people are getting sick due to work related stress. It is not like doctors or whatever are not longer in good demand during recession. My friend told me that the most recession proof job is a doctor. Nowadays getting sick is like being fined in the courts. You pay lots of money. That’s about it. Just a few months ago when I was down with fever, the medicine and the consultation fee added up to S$150. Furthermore, I had to go for blood screening, which I think cost about S$30 or so. Yes, that is in total about S$180 wasted. And I got nothing out of it anyway. It is not like eating medicine will make me healthier or fitter. It is not like I won’t get sick again.

However, we all have alternatives. The best way is to start eating right. It isn’t expensive at all. If you browse through your local supermarket, you can find all sorts of healthy food which are pretty reasonably priced. Fruits, vegetables, fish among others are all healthy alternatives to fried and oily staff we eat everyday. I eat yogurt and drink Kefir everyday.  The additional cost is like S$3 per day or so. But I definitely feel much healthier now. I don’t tired easily and at night, I can sleep properly. The S$3 I spent is more than worth it.

Another way to a healthier lifestyle is to exercise. I am lazy and I found it very difficult to get myself to exercise. Well, pretty sure that I am not alone in this. Everyday after work, we are all so tired that we just want to go home and sit on the couch to watch TV and relax. Well, to at least have some exercise, now going home, I stop about 1 bus-stop before my actual bus-stop and walk to rest of the way. I know it is not optimal, but it will do for now. For those who drive, it can be a problem, especially if you have limited parking areas.

If you find it difficult to get up and exercise, what you need are friends! Yes, they do help to motivate you to go out and exercise. Get a group of friends and regularly plan to exercise. It can be as simple as a game of squash, basketball, soccer or just a jog around your housing estate. Before I started work, I spend my days lazing around in the house. My friend living nearby asked me to go swimming with him.  Initially I dreaded going swimming, but after a while, I found that swimming with friends can be fun and yes, it is good exercise as well. Or try taking up Yoga courses with your friends. Yes, I know that such courses are not cheap, but due to the reason that it is not cheap, it is good motivation for you to continue to go to the Yoga courses which you have already paid for. Wuhahah, money as a motivation actually works wonders.

Well, if you are looking for Yoga classes, please take a look at the list of Yoga Courses in Singapore I have created. Live long and prosper!