How invested are time-strapped Singaporeans, in their physical and mental health? Well, not very, according to new research that shows one in two Singaporeans do not participate in any sports, at all.
Other than in yoga, that is.
BY CLARA NG
One-third of Singaporeans practise yoga to achieve mental balance, improve flexibility and boost their energy levels, according to a new survey conducted by the Pure Group. The rise in mindfulness is led by Generation X and millennials aged 25-34, with 31 percent eager to try out new mindfulness techniques, such as meditation.
Currently, about 13 percent are meditating regularly to clear the mind, reduce stress and calm negative emotions. This, even as the global mindfulness movement enjoys the vocal support of individual proponents such as Elon Musk and progressive corporate leaders such as Google.
The growing interest in yoga and mindfulness poses a sharp contrast with the broader indifference of Singaporeans to sports. The same survey showed that more than half of 1,000 survey respondents, aged 18-65, do not participate in any physical sports. They cite a lack of time and motivation to exercise, with many focusing on their career, relationships and family.
The national obsession with food, however, means that 80% of Singaporeans saw nutrition as vital. Two-thirds of respondents cooked healthy meals at home and one-third expressed curiosity about DNA-based diets to lose weight and improve their health.
Technology is going to play a larger role in sports, as well. Currently, nearly half of survey respondents use fitness trackers, with 40% citing interest in online workout training sessions and exercise apps. As a nod to the future, 35% of Singaporeans surmise that virtual reality headsets and glasses will be a sports trend in the future.
“Improving the overall health index of Singaporeans ranks very high on the country’s national agenda. While our study reflects this sentiment, the findings also reveal a lot still needs to be done to ensure holistic or 360° wellness becomes a top priority for people’s daily routines and way of life,” said Vikram Natarajan, Country Director of Pure Group Singapore.
“Despite various fitness initiatives, encouragement and prodding, our findings show many Singaporeans are still unable to find adequate time for fitness and personal wellbeing. This calls for greater participation from not just every individual, but also employers, academia and parents who must take charge and work towards prioritising Singaporeans’ overall health and wellness.”