7 Ingredients of a Healthy Lifestyle

It’s a busy life for most of us. And keeping healthy is not always on top of our to-do list. But it’s easier than it seems.
Here are a few steps towards a healthier life you can take every day!

PART 01. WAKE UP EARLY

Waking Up Early | 7 Ingredients of a Healthy Lifestyle

Wake up early | 早起 (Zǎo qǐ)

As the Chinese saying goes, 早睡早起,身体好 (zǎo shuì zǎo qǐ, shēntǐ hǎo, lit. “early-sleep-early-get-up, body-good). It’s common for Chinese people to wake up around 7 am, and for elderly people to get up as early as 5 am.

PART 02. BREAKFAST

Breakfast | 7 Ingredients of a Healthy Lifestyle

Don’t skip breakfast | 每天吃早饭 (Měitiān chī zǎofàn)

It’s believed that 3 meals make the day, or in Chinese, 一日三餐 (yī rì sān cān). And among them, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

PART 03. DRINK TEA

Tea | 7 Ingredients of a Healthy Lifestyle

Drink tea | 喝茶 (Hē chá)

Tea is rich in antioxidants and less caffeinated than coffee. Of course, that’s in case you choose 绿茶 (luchá) or 红茶 (hóngchá) of good quality — not the milk tea, 奶茶 (naichá)!

PART 04. DRINK HOT WATER

Hot Water | 7 Ingredients of a Healthy Lifestyle

Drink hot water | 喝热水 (Hē rèshuǐ)

Staying hydrated is key. And drinking 热水 (rè shui), or warm/hot water, is believed to be better for your digestive system than drinking ice or cold water.

PART 05. GO FOR A WALK

Walking | 7 Ingredients of a Healthy Lifestyle

Go for a walk | 去散步 (Qù sànbù)

Walking 10,000 steps a way is the way! Or at least, according to the Chinese saying, you should walk 100 steps after a meal: 饭后百步走,活到九十九 (Fàn hòu bǎi bù zǒu, huó dào jiǔshíjiǔ, lit. “Meal-after-100-steps-walk, live-until-ninety-nine”).

PART 06. DANCE

Square Dancing | 7 Ingredients of a Healthy Lifestyle

Dance together in open-air | 跳广场舞 (Tiào guǎngchǎngwǔ)

Group exercise such as square dancing, or 广场舞 (guǎngchǎng wǔ), is a fun social activity; it’s a way to stay healthy and keep each other in check. Wish more countries adopted this practice.

PART 07. SLEEP EARLY

Sleeping Early | 7 Ingredients of a Healthy Lifestyle

Sleep early | 早睡 (Zǎo shuì)

Finally, in order to wake up early, you need to go to bed early too. Getting 7 or 8 hours of sleep while it’s dark outside, and waking up with the sun is considered good for the body.

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