New York City is a lot of things, but it sure isn’t a health spa. This is the land of polluted air, delicious greasy foods, long work hours, and precious little space for exercise. New York City may give you some of the best years of your life, but if you’re not careful, it could also take years off of your life.
New York City can make you fat, tired, sad, and worried — if you let it. The good news is that you can fight back. With some smart decisions and healthy habits, you can minimize the harm that New York City has on your mental and physical health and get more of the good stuff out of this crazy city. We’re here to help. Here are five tips and secrets for healthier living in New York City.
Try meal prep
Cooking in New York City can be a pain, because kitchens are often tiny, supermarket lines are long, and you have so many tempting options at take-out places and restaurants close at hand. But cooking at home is healthier than eating out (not to mention more affordable), so you need to do what you can to maximize your intake of home-cooked meals. Our tip? If you’re not a big fan of cooking, consider meal prep, the practice in which you make a whole bunch of food at once and then eat it through the week.
Join a gym
Gyms are expensive, especially in New York City. But they’re also a great way to stay fit. In New York City, harsh winters and crowded streets can make jogging a pain. Few of our tiny big-city apartments have room for free weights and other workout gear. So we’re at the mercy of gyms, unfortunately. Bite the bullet and join one near home or work, and start getting healthier.
Get a therapist
This city can really take it out of you. And if you’re trying to get by without therapy, you’re going to have a lot of stress and other mental health issues to deal with on your own. Therapy is a great idea for everyone, say the experts at NYC therapy group; it’s not just for people with mental illnesses. Therapy will give you insights and strategies that will help you be a better partner, become more productive, improve your mood, and stop negative thinking in its tracks. Therapy can help with common mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, but its appeal is by no means limited to folks with those issues. Give it a try.
Stay on your feet
If you’re like most New Yorkers, you rush to get a seat on the subway on your way to an office where you’ll sit all day. But sitting for a long time is bad for you. Standing and walking are much healthier.
No, you don’t need to say “goodbye to all that” for good. But experts agree that big-city living can be stressful, and studies show that getting out into nature can soothe anxiety and improve mental health. On top of that, we know that taking time off from work will help our mental and physical health and can even make us more productive when we return. So what are you waiting for? Get out of the city for a little while, and head for a natural setting. A camping trip or hike — or even a luxurious stay at a posh lakeside resort — can help you forget the concrete jungle for a little while and refresh yourself.