It’s not easy to live a healthy lifestyle in a hectic city like Hong Kong. Our schedules are always busy, we rush around the whole day feeling like we never stop.
Being busy is not necessarily negative: it implies being strong and ambitious. On the other side, it can affect the quality of our lives, increasing stress levels and decreasing health and general wellbeing.
In a typical scenario like this, the good news is that you can live healthy despite your busy schedule. You don’t need to turn your life upside-down: just take one small step at a time and you’ll be living a healthy lifestyle before you even realize it.
Here are the 9 simple tips that will get you started.
Healthy Food for a healthy lifestyle
If it’s true that “you are what you eat”, then you understand how important it is to eat healthy.
To sum it up, you should eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, wild caught fish and organic legumes, season with olive oil and cut down on sugar.
For more detailed information, have a look at our article about the basic rules for a balanced nutrition.
Health is not only a matter of what you eat, though.
How can you change your eating habits for the better, while leading a hectic life?
Here are 3 simple gimmicks:
- Don’t skip breakfast.
It’s the most important meal of the day: it wakes up your metabolism and gives you the right amount of energy to kick-start your day thanks to food like eggs, yoghurt, fruit and nuts.
- Meal prep is the way.
Meal prep is the weekly preparation of your meals. You plan and cook them in advance, so they are ready to be enjoyed in the upcoming days.
The advantages? It saves time, money and it helps you keep up with a healthier lifestyle!
- Read labels.
Next time you go to the grocer’s, start paying attention to the labels of processed food. The easy rule is: the shorter the label, the more genuine the food.
This is how you can work towards a healthy lifestyle through your eating habits.
But what other factors should you consider?
Healthy living, healthy moving
Exercising is probably the first thing to disappear from your routine when you’re particularly busy, because you feel like you don’t have time for it.
Moving your body is part of a healthy lifestyle, though.
So, how can you fit that in your hectic schedule?
If you subscribed to the gym but you never feel motivated to go work out after a hard day’s work, try and complete your workout in the morning: as you wake up, when have more energy. Also, prefer a high intensity workout: it will wake your body up and keep you more active throughout the day.
If you’re not a workout person, use small tricks to be less sedentary:
- Walk instead of driving or using public transports
- Use the stairs instead of the elevator
- Stand up and walk whenever you can – even during a phone call or a meeting
Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to become an athlete: small changes are enough to make your life healthier!
Wellness and healthy living
When your schedule is always busy, as it often happens in a city like Hong Kong, keeping an overall healthy life can be tricky. Food and exercise surely play a big part, but you shouldn’t neglect your psychophysical wellness.
Speaking of which, here are 3 more tips for a healthier lifestyle:
- Get some quality sleep.
As the National Sleep Foundation states, adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. There are no hard-and-fast rules as per when is the “best time to go to bed” because it mostly depends on your circadian rhythm but, once you understand what works best for you, try to be consistent.
- Use stress-relieving techniques.
Whether it is yoga, meditation, painting, dancing, getting a massage – you know yourself better than anyone else and you know exactly what you need to manage your stress levels. This is crucial if you aim for a healthy life inside a hectic environment.
- Don’t forget your social life.
This is a key factor for psychological wellbeing. Spend quality time with your friends and family, enjoy your social life and your wellness will thank you.
As you can see, living a healthy lifestyle is possible even in a chaotic environment. Building new, healthier habits and fitting them into a busy schedule is a matter of consistency. Start from the small steps we suggested and you’ll be living healthy in no time – and without sacrifice!
Taking care of nutrition, movement and psychophysical wellbeing means taking care of yourself, and you can start right away.
Have you ever tried any of these tips?