If you have heart disease or any medical conditions that puts you at risk for it (e.g., diabetes, high blood pressure, high lipids, BMI > 23, smoker), you can get physiotherapy consultations and exercise sessions all at a subsidised rate of only $4, as part of the Singapore Heart Foundation’s Cardiac Rehabilitation & Heart Wellness Programme. This includes use of their gym facilities, free nutrition counselling, free blood glucose monitoring during the session (if you have diabetes), and invitations to health talks and other events.
After paying the one-time enrollment fee of $20, each and every time you visit their centre, you pay just $4. Compared to a typical physiotherapy session, which can cost more than $100, or a typical gym membership, $4 per entry is an absolute bargain! (more…)
Staying healthy is not easy. We live in a society in which unhealthy food is quite abundant and ubiquitous, and often viewed and used as a reward (e.g., birthday cakes, celebration treats, etc.), and a sedentary lifestyle is the norm and is also rewarded (e.g., office desk job). But here’s a reward that actually encourages healthy behaviours. The Orange Health Screening by NTUC Income offers a basic health screening (BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose level) for just $15, and if your results are within a healthy range and you are currently under NTUC IncomeShield or Enhanced IncomeShield, you can get a $50 CapitaLand voucher. (more…)
Many people I talk to mistakenly equate “frugality” with “being cheap”. But being frugal is not about just seeking the lowest price; it’s about value and your Return on Investment (ROI) where return can come in the form of enjoyment, experience, knowledge, assurance, fulfilment, protection, and of course, actual money. The investment usually involves some combination of time and money. Doing something for free means that you’re likely going to have a high/positive ROI because your investment is so low. But sometimes even free things can result in bad or negative ROI. (more…)
More than 3 years ago I saw a documentary on the dangers and side effects of fluoride by the Fluoride Action Network, which, along with my own additional research, made me question the benefits of commercial fluoridated toothpaste. I stopped using commercial toothpaste after that. And have since been using my own homemade toothpaste and the Philips Sonicare toothbrush to brush my teeth. My dentist just gave me a clean bill of health. He even said my gums and teeth have never looked healthier. The recipe I use is easy, quick to make, and very inexpensive. (more…)
Staying fit, healthy, and flexible doesn’t mean you have to buy a gym membership. There are plenty of free workouts island-wide that I’ve written about in the past, including Health Promotion Board’s Sunrise in the City and Sundays in the Park Programmes. You can also apply for and use your free $100 ActiveSG credits for entry to any of the 16 ActiveSG Gyms (a list of them is here). On top of that, here are a few more ways to get fit the frugal way. (more…)