Whether you buy or rent an apartment in Hong Kong, the residence is probably smaller in size than elsewhere in the same price range in the world. A cramped living space doesn’t face just problems of storage, but also of health. You’re hardly going to have the indoor space to do stretches or squats, never mind squeeze an exercise bike into the home.
However, exercise is not confined by place. One can always do it outdoors, like running along a promenade, going for a hike or playing ball games. The list goes on. But not every neighbourhood in Hong Kong is blessed with enough sports facilities or open areas that promote a healthy lifestyle.
Have you ever considered the idea that a healthy community can improve your wellbeing? Here are some neighbourhood features to look for:
People with sedentary jobs ought to find a way to keep exercise part of everyday life. If your own neighbourhood happens to have a promenade nearby, taking a short walk will give you a sense of wellbeing while maintaining your activity level. The Hung Hom Promenade, West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade, Sai Wan Ho Promenade, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park, Ma On Shan Promenade and Shing Mun River Promenade are popular places to relax for the residents in those areas.
Cycling is not just an eco-friendly mode of transportation, but it’s also good for your health. The sport has become a favourite in Hong Kong recently, but it has also led to a surge in cyclist traffic accidents. Wearing a helmet and having lights and a bell installed on your bike will reduce chances of a collision and the resulting injuries. It’s also safer to ride on cycling tracks than on roads. Cycle paths can be found in the residential areas from Tuen Mun to Yuen Long (including Tin Shui Wai), Sha Tin to Tai Po or Ma On Shan, and in Tseung Kwan O.
Parks and Playgrounds
Exercising is for all ages. The elderly are used to hitting the jogging trails in the early morning hours to stretch and chat with friends; children prefer being taken to playgrounds after a long day at school. It’s always an added bonus to have these leisure spaces around where you live. Quarry Bay Park, Victoria Park, Lai Chi Kok Park, Tuen Mun Park and Yuen Long Park are some of the large-scale parks with an array of facilities in Hong Kong.
Having green hills and water around your property is a good sign from a Feng Shui perspective. This also helps cultivate a love of nature and is the perfect way to refresh your mind. Despite its tiny size, Hong Kong has a high ratio of country parks, which must not be sacrificed for development. A wide range of hiking routes is available across the city that caters for both experienced and amateur hikers, ranging from the longest, the MacLehose Trail, to the easy nature walks.
The Mid-Levels West and Quarry Bay on Hong Kong Island, Wong Tai Sin and Diamond Hill in Kowloon, Tai Po and Yuen Long in the New Territories, and Tung Chung on Lantau Island are the starting points for many hikes in Hong Kong.
Sports Amenities and Fields
It’s much easier to give up exercising than to keep it up. But if your community has sports venues like stadiums, fields, swimming pools and gyms, you could somehow be tempted to make regular exercise a habit — particularly after seeing some well-toned bodies walking out of those venues. If all those common sports are not your cup of tea, you can always try something else offered by the Community Centres or Town Halls, like Karate, Taekwondo, Dancing and Yoga.
Too much stress in life will drag you down if you don’t deal with it properly and exercising is one of the most effective ways of doing so. A healthy neighbourhood enables you to keep an exercise schedule. No matter how busy you are regular exercise is essential. It will pay off in the long run.