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Too Much Partying & Feasting? Here Are Things To Do To Help You Get Back On Track With Your Health & Fitness Goals

Need a reset after all that festive feasting? We got you.

With non-stop gatherings and festivities happening for the past two months, we don’t blame you if you’ve put those wellness #selfcare goals on the backburner.

After all that feasting and partying, your body is probably craving a little R&R — that’s rest and reset. If, like us, you think it’s time to get back on track with your health and fitness goals, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up a few unique ways to get you started.

#1: Take a home DNA test.

Before you embark on a new diet plan or workout regime, how about finding out what your body needs are first?

The pandemic has taught us to be familiar with swab tests by now, but here’s a home test of a different sort that could unlock a whole new perspective on your health: a saliva swab with a DNA test kit that could tell you more about yourself.

CircleDNA’s range of DNA testing kits that offer an at-home test churn out results to help you discover anything from nutrient needs and food sentivities to behavioural traits and optimal exercise routines, and even screening for risks of diseases.

There are a few kits that the company, set up by genetic experts, offer. It starts from the most basic, a wellness-focused Vital DNA Test ($279) that zeroes in on diet, exercise and lifestyle so you can discover your optimal diet and fitness routine based on your genetics. On the other end of the spectrum, the Premium DNA Test ($899), which the company touts as “the world’s most comprehensive DNA test”, has over 520 reports across 20 categories and covers every test that CircleDNA offers, including those in the Vital test, plus reports about carrier conditions and genetic health risks.

However, it’s important to note that genetics testing is neither medical diagnosis nor treatment. In fact, CircleDNA states that their tests help users understand their inherited health risks and more, and take the necessary action such as seeking professional medical advice (if necessary), or improving your diet and lifestyle.

To get started, follow the instructions to complete the cheek swab test, send off your sample back to CircleDNA’s accredited labs in Hong Kong (delivery is free both ways), and wait for the results to land in your inbox and on the app within 18 business days. All information is kept confidential.

Once the results are out, there is a lot of data to sift through. Just under the Diet category, you get information on your sensitivity to alcohol, caffeine, carbs and more. You may also discover health indications you’d never even thought about, such as sensitivity to pollution or your level of stress tolerance.

It’s a lot to take in, which is probably why there is a free one-on-one consultation with a genetics-trained health professional to discuss the results and next steps.

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#2: Attend a wellness festival.

If your body, mind and soul are thirsting for a wellness reset, join hundreds of others at a festival that could help you do just that. Glow Festival 2023 is a wellness retreat that brings international and local health and wellness practitioners together all under one roof. They’ll be leading some 50 classes — including yoga, Pilates, barre, spin and CrossFit sessions — at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. Tickets are $49 per class.

Get fit-spo from the likes of co-creator of Strala Yoga, Tara Stiles, who will be returning to Singapore with her signature Strala classes designed to build strength, flexibility and balance. Australian fit-fluencer and former pole vaulter Amanda Bisk will lead Abs Booty cardio classes and Pilates sessions. They will be joined by the likes of local fitness gurus like Bebe Ding of CRU and Linda Tang of WeBarre who’ll lead the charge in spin and barre classes respectively.

You may be doing the downward dog (and other workouts) indoors at Marina Bay Sands, but thanks to augmented reality, the expansive hall will be transformed into a peaceful outdoor tropical rainforest. Perfect, given the weather these days.

But it’s not all work(out) and no play, party-Glowers. Go from yoga mat to the dancefloor at the festival’s closing party at Marquee on Feb 12 from 8pm to 2am. Tix to the shindig are priced at $59.

Glow Festival 2023
When: Feb 4 to 12
Where: Marina Bay Sands Convention Hall C, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
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#3: Step up on the home workouts.

Netflix and sweat, anyone? If you prefer to work out in the comfort of your own home, Nike and Netflix have you covered, with a series of on-demand workouts that you can access with just a few taps — and some willpower to get off the couch.

Just search for ‘Nike’ in Netflix to find the 10 workout series and a total of over 100 videos. They're from Nike Training Club’s archive of workouts led by Nike’s certified trainers, some of whom you may recognise as fitness influencers in their own right.

It helps, too, that there’s something available for every fitness level. The beginner-friendly ‘Kickstart Fitness with the Basics’ is perfect for workout newbies. ‘Bodyweight Burn’ will get your heart pumping, while ‘Fall in Love with Vinyasa’ may just be the perfect way to wind down after a hectic day at the office. Got a small pocket of time on WFH days? Choose from 10-, 20- or 30-minute workouts to suit your schedule.

Photos: CircleDNA, Glow Festival, Netflix



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