The 8 Things Every New Yorker Should Do for Her Health
Don’t worry, no one’s asking you to give up gluten
With an influx of information on everything from cardio to cupping to carbs, it’s hard to figure out which health advice is actually essential. We tapped Brooklyn-based health coach and author Katrine van Wyk for her expert tips on what every NYC dweller needs to do to feel her absolute best.
Get Some (Quality) Sleep
We know, it's hard to prioritize rest in the city that never sleeps (or, let's face it, anywhere with Netflix). But recharging is essential, so make sure your bedroom is a dark, cool space that you associate with restfulness. If you’re having trouble nodding off, try supplementing with magnesium: The mineral decreases cortisol (aka the stress hormone), so you can let those thoughts of tomorrow’s to-do list drift away.
Seriously, Cut Down on the Caffeine
We'd never tell you to give up your morning double-shot latte (we're not monsters). But maybe don't reach for that midday cold brew, too: Aim for no more than a cup or two (a cup = 8 ounces), and get in tune with your body's natural energy level—it may turn out that just a small matcha is plenty to get you through the day.
Protect Your Skin
Even though beach season is (tragically) coming to a close, you need to make sure SPF is a non-negotiable part of your daily routine, year-round. Choose a mineral sunscreen, like Beautycounter’s Dew Skin, that’s free of potentially harmful chemicals.
Eat Your Veggies
Walking around the city all day means constant exposure to pollution (ew). Fight off the damage with antioxidant-rich foods like leafy greens, berries and dark chocolate. (Van Wyk is something of an expert on the subject.)
Block Out the Noise
What’s that? The constant cacophony of street construction and honking taxis might not be good for us? Even if you feel more or less immune to it, remember to give your mind a break every so often. A guided-meditation app, like Headspace, can help you sift out all the external chaos.
Do Some Yoga (or Just Stretch)
All that walking you do is great, but make sure to counteract those repetitive muscle movements—aka pounding the pavement in heels—with stretches that open up tight hips and hamstrings.
Unplug Every So Often
Even if you're constantly group-texting with your besties, make a point to put down the phone for some IRL interaction as much as you can. Studies consistently show that human connection is linked to better overall health.
Clear the Air
Air pollution is like that regrettable ex you dated years ago: It’s easier just not to think about it. But toxins are everywhere—including in your apartment. Stock up on plants (bonus: they look pretty), or invest in an air purifier, and you can breathe easy.