City life can be a drag sometimes. Concrete, steel girders and stuffy office spaces and apartment blocks aren’t kind to our minds or bodies in the long-term. As a city-dweller, it is so important to make healthy and positive choices each day because, in the long run, it’s the little things that will have a compound effect and make a huge difference to your overall health and well-being. On that note; here are just a few ways to stay healthy in NYC.
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Get Fresh Air
With more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities across the five boroughs, there are literally thousands of acres of green space in New York waiting to be discovered. Make time each day to walk through those acres of scattered woodland and breathe in fresh air. If you’re harboring feelings of anger, fear, or stress, they will melt away and be replaced with happiness and total relaxation. Being in nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it can also help to reduce blood pressure, release muscle tension, and decrease the production of stress hormones.
Look into Medical Marijuana
The state of New York made medical marijuana legal in 2016. You can get your card (which allows you to purchase it from legal dispensaries) easily online. As long as you consult a registered doctor online and you get the required medical documentation, the certification process is simple and quick. Medical marijuana can help to relieve anxiety, insomnia, spasticity, and chronic pain conditions. It can also help to treat depression and it aids in promoting better cognitive performance and concentration.
Avoid Pizza Slices
You’re in a rush and you don’t have time to meal prep. You decide to grab a pizza slice for lunch on the go. Sound familiar? You’re not alone! New York city is famous for its characteristically large hand-tossed thick crust pizza with rich tomato sauce and dripping mozzarella, which is often sold in huge triangle slices. And whilst they’re super tasty and highly addictive, it’s best to limit your intake of cheap pizza slices. There are lots of meal prep companies that will deliver nutritious, tasty and wholesome food to your door. Yes, it will be more expensive but your body (and waistline) will thank you for it!
Wash your Hands More Often
Washing your hands is one of the most effective steps you can take to prevent the spread of germs. This is so important when you live in a city as subways and door handles are havens for nasty bacteria. Wash your hands at every possible opportunity and carry hand sanitizer with you for those times when you cannot access a sink, running water and soap. Health experts recommend that you wash your hands for a minimum of twenty seconds.
Socialize with Friends & Meet New People
Socializing is a fundamental human need and there are few places with more interesting people than New York. From rooftop cocktail parties and cooking classes to athletic clubs and networking events, there is always something exciting happening in the city that never sleeps. Make an effort to meet with friends and go out of your way to meet new people and you’ll benefit from all the perks that socialization provides.