(This is a sponsored article on AIA Malaysia.)
According to a National Health Morbidity Survey from 2015, the life expectancy of men in Malaysia is roughly shorter than that of women five to six years.
Being at home under CMCO means many of us miss going to the gym or taking fitness classes with friends.
But that doesn't mean we can't learn new skills to stay fit or maintain our sanity. Working with Movember and AIA, we have compiled a list of some online courses that men can use to manage diet, physical and mental health.
The more you know: Movember is an annual event held in November to raise awareness of men's health issues. Movember was originally a movement where men grow their mustaches in November.
Watching what you actually eat is important
An important aspect of managing health is as simple as watching what we eat. If you only gobble up fatty foods daily, you are at increased risk of diabetes, acne, heart disease, and stroke.
While most online courses that focus on nutrition are courses for nutritionists, there are some for the average Joe just looking to learn more about taking care of his own health.
1. Introduction to Human Nutrition – Revised
Alison is an international portal with over 2,000 courses for different skills. However, this course focuses on nutrition to give you some insight into your personal eating habits.
At the end of the course, you will get an idea of how to create a healthy diet for your own body.
price: Free / Alison
2. The first step course
Nutrition Track is a local company founded by Adele Wong, a nutritionist who provides dietary services to corporate groups, media, teams and individuals.
Your First Step course will give you a better understanding of a sustainable way to eat healthily. This is actually a full 8 week course so it will take some dedication to put it into your life.
Some of the classes from Nutrition Track / Image Credit: Nutrition Track
The course includes a meal planner, habit tracker and portion guide so you can easily track your diet.
Price: RM400 for the course / Nutrition track
Take care of your physical well-being
Due to the current situation, some local gyms offer online classes for everyone, even if you are not a member of the gym. This meant that if you can attend them now, you no longer have to wonder what the classes are like.
1. Apply your burn virtually
Since its first club in Malaysia in 2001, Fitness First is one of the larger fitness chains in Malaysia today.
With the MCO, they even had to switch to offer their clients virtual courses.
Through their extensive list of specialized trainers, they offer courses that range from freestyle to strength training to yoga. In terms of equipment, Fitness First stated that all you need is appropriate clothing and a yoga mat, and that you are ready to go.
If you want, you don't even have to turn on your webcam to become a member.
For November, in addition to Celebrity Fitness and FIRE Fitness, they have a special package for unrestricted access to all of their virtual classes.
Price: RM25 for November or RM10 per class / Fitness first
2. Jump safely at home
Jumping is a dynamic fitness training system that uses trampolines as an exercise form. According to Jumping Fitness Malaysia, jumping is three times more effective than jogging because it uses more than 400 muscles at the same time.
They are now offering online courses with unlimited online VOD streaming for a month, but you will of course have to rent a trampoline for the exercise. For the first month, they offer a free month-long class pass for those who rent a trampoline.
Price: RM150 (virtual class pass with VoD) + RM350 (1-month trampoline rental) / Spring Fitness Malaysia
One of her classes in front of the CMCO / Image Credit: Jumping Fitness Malaysia
Adding weight to the "fitness" of mental health
According to the UM Specialist Center (UMSC), mental illness could be the second largest health problem affecting Malaysians and everyone else 3 out of 10 adults over the age of 16 suffer from some form of mental health problem.
In a 2000 study by the Malaysian Burden of Disease and Injuries, they reported that men are more prone to mental disorders such as substance abuse, suicidal tendencies, alcohol addiction, and violence compared to women.
Mental illness often remains a taboo hidden subject. Getting the right help with mental illness can be a lifesaver. Maintaining good mindfulness can also be important along the way.
1. Know how to deal with mental illness
ThoughtFull is a platform that gives people a solution that is easily accessible and accessible.
For ThoughtFull, mental health is something that needs to be exercised or maintained on a regular basis.
When you reach out to the ThoughtFull team they offer a personalized approach to your issues and allow the user to measure and track their health outcomes over time.
You recently started some courses on how people can deal with duality (related to work / life) and how to manage personal and professional separations.
price: SGD $ 199 (approx RM606) per month with a 14 day free trial with code (TRYTFC) /. ThoughtFull
Know your health
To help Malaysians live healthier lives, AIA Malaysia has created an online health assessment tool called AIA Vitality that allows you to keep track of your condition.
AIA Vitality wants to be like a virtual coach who guides and motivates you to stay healthy even in this difficult year.
To join AIA Vitality, you must pay a monthly fee of RM 10. However, you do get access to discounts like gym membership, health checks, and even online purchases. Most importantly, you'll have a quick look at your health situation and see what needs to be fixed in order to lead a healthier life.
Take responsibility for your life
AIA Malaysia has just launched a campaign called #BrosInterrupted in collaboration with Movember. So that men can better understand their current health situation.
My #BrosInterrupted quiz results, I guess I still have work to do
If you join this campaign, you have a chance to win a home gym grand prize RM1,299 and a BP Health Screening voucher worth RM1,600.
To win this enticing grand prize, you must do the following:
- Take the # BrorosInterrupted quiz here.
- Take a screenshot of the result and post it on Instagram or Facebook.
- Complete this sentence as a heading: "A true brother cares about his other brothers because …”In 20 words or less
- Tag 3 of your brothers, tag @aiamalaysia and use the hashtag #BrosInterrupted #AIAMalaysia.
- For more information on AIA's #brorosInterrupted campaign, visit Here.
- Join AIA Vitality Here.
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