We’re sure that many of you stopped by the nearest nasi lemak stall this morning and ordered a nasi lemak tambah sambal sotong dan kari ayam for breakfast. For lunch, you probably enjoyed a wantan mee. And more often than not, you probably drove out to eat lunch. For some reason, we love to drive, even if it is just to the nearby shops for…well, a very delicious meal of char koay teow. To get around, most Malaysians take a few steps, get into their car and drive to their destination. Repeat for maximum unhealthiness.
But do you know what this kind of lifestyle does to your body? Well, let’s just say it’s not good. You may feel fine after eating an entire thosai soaked in oil but in the long run, these unhealthy foods coupled with lack of exercise will take a toll on your body. We’re not trying to scare you but heart problems, obesity and diabetes are some of the diseases which will eventually lead us down a road called death.
The most important thing is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s easier said than done. This is why it is advisable for Malaysians to walk a minimum of 10,000 steps a day instead of driving around. For comparison, 10,000 steps is like walking around the entire Mid Valley and Gardens combined. It’s may sound difficult but many of us can spend an entire day in the shopping mall without realizing it. If we walk, not only will we be able to keep a healthy exercise regime, traffic jams around the city will almost certainly be cut down. As the saying goes: no pain, no gain.
The second, and probably the most difficult, way to keep healthy is to cut down on intake of salty, oily and sugary foods. In Malaysia, it is especially difficult because the most delicious food we have usually fall under these 3 categories. But eating healthily does not mean totally living on a diet of fruits and vegetables. We can still enjoy the occasional satay, or a delicious plate of char koay teow. But as always, eat in moderation. Don’t gorge yourself with unhealthy food every single day. Not even exercise can save you then.
Use the food pyramid below to help you eat right and eat healthy.

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Of course, we’re not the only ones who support living a healthy lifestyle. Celebrities are firm supporters of healthy living, as evidenced by their good looks and great bodies. One such celebrity is Fahrin Ahmad, who will be providing tips on how he stays fit and active for his photoshoots and movies. These are the tips you don’t want to miss if you want to look like the amazing Fahrin! =)
For more information, check out www.gayahidupsihat.my. Remember, eat healthy and always exercise to live a healthy lifestyle.