Everyday Health: 10 Things You Can Do Every Day to Stay Healthy in NYC

May 2nd, 2018

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How do you stay healthy in a city this big? We're glad you asked! It can be a challenge, but it’s certainly not impossible. In fact, we’ve come up with no less than 10 simple, quick, and easy things you can do every day to make sure you stay as fit as a fiddle. Work these into your routine and you’ll keep looking and feeling great!

Meditate

Research has shown that meditation is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. In a city of loud noises, fast walking, and endless chaos it’s important to take a little personal time--even if it’s just for five minutes. Find a quiet space and free your mind. You’ll reduce your chances of becoming anxious and depressed and you’ll even sleep better. New to meditating? Download an app like Headspace to help you get started. shutterstock_594061400

Take Your Vitamins

We get it: you’re busy. It’s hard to stick to a strict diet but chances are that bacon, egg and cheese sandwich you bought at the bodega doesn’t have everything you need for a healthy mind and body. A daily vitamin routine will ensure you’re getting the good stuff that you might be missing out on in your regular diet. Something as simple as a daily multivitamin or a probiotic can change your whole world. shutterstock_791810890

Socialize

In NYC you’re rarely alone, which means you might forget to appreciate the awesome humans around you. Yeah, you don’t want to hang out with strangers on the subway, but making time for your friends and family is super important. Humans are social animals. We feel good when we spend time with people. Call your mom. Grab lunch with a friend. Spend a few minutes chatting with your significant other instead of just watching TV or reading before bed. We promise, you’ll feel great. shutterstock_364241306

Pet an Animal

Everybody likes animals and petting a fuzzy creature is actually good for you. Having a great relationship with your dog or cat makes you stronger, smarter and more resistant to stress. What’s more relaxing than cuddling with a kitty? Just had a hard day at work? Your doggie is there to cheer you up. Just got rejected? Who cares? Your animal companion loves you more than you can imagine, and they’re happy to prove it...right after you feed them. shutterstock_351316076

Eat Your Greens

A healthy diet is your key to looking and feeling great. Not sure how to start eating right? Check out our previous blog post on that very topic. Ditch the carbs, breads and fatty meals and replace them with fruits and veggies. Consuming large quantities of leafy greens will provide you with important vitamins and minerals. You’ll lose weight, feel great, and live longer. shutterstock_456319822

Exercise

We know you’re busy, but that’s no reason for you to skip daily exercise. You should be doing some exercise every single day. We’re not suggesting you do hardcore cardio or lift weights every day, though you should try to do a serious workout a few times a week. Go for a walk. Get your 10,000 steps. Do a few crunches or planks in the morning. Just get your body moving and your heart rate up. This is easy. You live in NYC. There’s a lot of walking. shutterstock_668632963

Drink a Smoothie

Having a hard time eating a balanced meal? Why not liquefy all that good stuff and drink it on the go? Fill your kitchen with fruits and veggies and blend them up in the morning. Don’t waste your precious early hours preparing a healthy breakfast and cleaning up after yourself. Just chuck it in the blender and take it to go. Not sure where you should start? What a coincidence! We have a blog post about that! shutterstock_379857475

Get Your 8 Hours

You have a super busy schedule. Sometimes you have to cut corners, but there’s one place you absolutely, positively shouldn’t: your sleep. If you’re a grown-up, you need to be getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep every day. Shut down your digital devices before bed--the light from your phone tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime. Get cozy. Snuggle up. Catch some z’s. Everything is crappier when you aren’t well rested. Oh, and be sure to check out our handy guide to great sleep in NYC. shutterstock_100110269

Read a Book

No, we’re not talking about surfing Reddit or scrolling inane Facebook posts. Find a good book and start reading. Reading reduces stress, sharpens your mind, expands your vocabulary, and can even improve your memory. As Tyrion Lannister said: “A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone if it is to keep its edge…” Reading is an entertaining and fun way to keep your mind in tip-top condition. Besides, it’s a great way to pass the time on the subway. shutterstock_255385252

Listen to Music

Speaking of passing the time during your commute, listening to music is also a great way to do it--and it’s totally good for you. Studies have shown that listening to music stimulates your brain in ways that nothing else can. Of particular note is the  "Mozart effect,"--a study which observed that musicians had enhanced mathematical and cognitive abilities. You’ve probably noticed that it’s easier to work when you’ve got some tunes playing. That’s no coincidence. Music activates your mind, encourages you, and drives you forward. shutterstock_465066368