10 Video and VR games to help you exercise at home
When it's too cold to hike, cycle or run, and the current social distancing restrictions make it impossible to go to the gym, Hongkongers are turning to digital games to replace their workout. As you read on, though, you’ll find there’s more than one reason to try any of these games as a workout alternative, whether it’s the stunning simulated environment, or the distraction it provides (both from life and all the exertion), or the dose of weirdness and unpredictability that your workout was missing in the first place. By Kate Lowe Note: If you do try out a VR game in your apartment — wireless headphones pose the least risk of property damage. Don't say we didn't tell you so! RECOMMENDED: Also check out some of the best Nintendo Switch games that will get those calories burning. For other ideas of what to do indoors, check out our guide for Time In and dabble in some DIY or grab some board games and friends for a night in.
20 Things you can do to be happier and healthier this year in Hong Kong
Yes, we all know what 2020 did to us all, and many of us are absolutely going to want life to look different this year. But let's face it, even if we already bid our goodbyes to last year's grim tales, this year, we are still looking at most of its remnants. On the flip side, at least we can now plan how to tackle what's ahead of us. While we wait for the global health crisis to fix itself, we can choose to make the most of life and focus on our emotional, physical, social, environmental, and intellectual wellness. So, as you reflect on all the good things you want to happen this year, here are 20 tips and tricks to help you achieve a happier, healthier you. We don't expect you to do all of these, but sticking to a few will definitely get the ball rolling. RECOMMENDED: Visit our Wellness hub for more for guides on home workouts, healthy meals and drinks, self-care ideas, and tips and tricks to help you keep up with your wellness goals.
The best cycling routes in Hong Kong
Got the need for speed when you’re out tackling some of the best hikes in Hong Kong? We’ve got just the solution for you. Hop a bike to get a sweat on. From famous routes in the New Territories to lesser-known gems, read on to find the best cycling routes in Hong Kong. RECOMMENDED: Travel and sightsee around Hong Kong with these scenic bus rides.
The best healthy restaurants in Hong Kong
Maybe it was the festive season that lured you into overindulgence or perhaps it was last Friday night's craving for a cheeky slice of pizza, either way, there's no judgement here, we ordered ours with doughnuts too! Still, there's nothing quite like the new year to help kick you into healthy eating action. Luckily, Hong Kong has a great number of restaurants, from the plant-based and vegetable-forward to those that focus on local and sustainable options, and then there are the not-so-healthy eateries that have also chosen to provide nutritious offerings. Ahead is our list of the top ten to help you keep you clean, green, and balanced in 2021. RECOMMENDED: If healthy eating isn't your bag, try these healthy tonics and drinks or go for refreshing cold-press juice instead.
Best home workouts and fitness programs to follow online
With gyms in Hong Kong temporarily closed in order to adhere to social distancing restrictions, it’s not surprising that we're all on the hunt for some home workout support. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons to follow an online fitness programme; they’ve been rising in popularity thanks to their convenience and customisability, they provide comfort for those who prefer not to work out in a group, and, to be quite frank, the fees are a little friendlier when compared to a regular gym membership. Ahead, we've listed some cost and equipment-free programmes as well as options for all levels, so there’s no need to second-guess whether you’re ready: just open up your laptop and get working out. By Kate Lowe and Fontaine Cheng RECOMMENDED: Wanna get out while keeping your distance? Check out the best Hong Kong jogging routes to pick up your pace.
The best cold-pressed juices
Whether you're wanting to reset your system with a cleanse, or simply looking for a tasty way to get your vitamins in, cold-pressed juices are just the ticket. Plus, they're incredibly refreshing and come in a whole host of different flavours and blends, depending on your preference for fruit, vegetables, and sometimes even spices. Hong Kong has its fair share of cold-pressed juice options, and we've found some of the best that offer some seriously delicious and healthy concoctions to try. RECOMMENDED: Need more healthy boosts this season? Check out these healthy tonics and drinks instead!
The best healthy meal deliveries in Hong Kong
There are plenty of great restaurants and cafés in Hong Kong that offer healthy, clean meals. But, what if you could have a week’s meal already planned for you that is not just healthy but also hearty and delicious? From vegan, paleo to high protein meal plans, the city offers a variety of healthy meal deliveries to choose from. Here’s a list of six of the best healthy meal delivery plans in Hong Kong to help you jumpstart a healthy change to your daily delivery routine. By Shanti Parmanand RECOMMENDED: For quality vegetarian and vegan options around town, check out this list of venues that offers delivery and takeaway in Hong Kong.
Where to get healthy drinks and tonics in Hong Kong
The sudden drop in temperature, which seems to make some of us break out the ski jackets in Hong Kong (no judgement here!), can cause colds, flu and general illness. Not to mention the ongoing outbreak is still at large, so taking care of your health is so important, now more than ever. With that in mind, here are the best healthy drinks and elixirs to try as an alternative to medicine. By Elaine Wong and Fontaine Cheng RECOMMENDED: For alternative ways to keep good health and wellness, check out our introduction to CBD and the products available in Hong Kong. To relax and destress, try essential oils, or sip on some cold-pressed juices to cool down.
Where to find the most tempting healthy desserts in Hong Kong
From milk-tea filled cookie shots at Dang Wen Li by Dominique Ansel to our favourite egg waffles, Hong Kong is definitely blessed with a wide selection of dessert offerings. But there’s one thing they’re definitely not: healthy. As living a health-conscious lifestyle steadily becomes more mainstream, shops and restaurants are finding innovative, healthy ways to make sweet treats. These five dessert spots in town will satisfy any sugar cravings you have. RECOMMENDED: If you’re looking to really expand your horizons and start living a greener lifestyle, check out our list of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city.
Where to find the best kombucha on Hong Kong Island
Yes, it is still a thing. Kombucha, the fizzy drink that took the health food industry by storm a few years ago is here to stay. Since living up to its gut-healing hype, kombucha has proven to be more than a fad and is gaining more and more converts every day. Booch – as millennial enthusiasts call it – is an ancient fermented tea that has been popular in Asian culture for many years, and for good reason. It is brewed using scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), which contains bacteria found in your intestines – aka 'the good stuff' – that breaks down food so it can be easily absorbed by our bodies. Many of the neurotransmitters that affect mood, digestion, sleep, and even libido are found in your gut. So, by incorporating fermented foods into your diet, especially pre and post-meal, it prepares the body for nutrient breakdown and absorption. Of course, it helps that they taste really good too! Next time you're at any of these restaurants below, consider swapping out the soda pop for some gut goodness by the glass. RECOMMENDED: For more immune-boosting, vitamin-packed beverages, check out our list of the best cold-pressed juices in Hong Kong.
Hidden gardens and green spaces in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is awash with amazing secret islands, hiking trails, and even stunning waterfalls, but they're not always the most convenient places to get to. Luckily, there are urban green spaces in the city. From extensive lawns by the water to small oases tucked away in commercial districts, find out about the best spots to get away for a breather. RECOMMENDED: Want to fit in some quality time with a furry friend? Head to these dog parks in Hong Kong for a grand time.
Best night hikes in Hong Kong
Hiking in Hong Kong is a very popular pastime, with trails like Dragon's Back and Sunset Peak occupied on many weekends with hobbyists who want to get out from the concrete jungle and breathe in some fresh air. It can't be denied that hiking in Hong Kong is a great way to spend your days. However, hiking after dark grants a different experience entirely. Not only is night hiking significantly less gruelling without the sun beating down overhead, but a nocturnal trek also provides the most captivating night views of Hong Kong as the city's skyscrapers all light up, magically illuminating our beloved metropolis. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll that comes with harbour views or a challenging cliff-side climb, these are the best night hikes to try for you an active night out. By Amanda Sheppard and Sam Evans. RECOMMENDED: Are you looking to spend your evening with a drink, rather than a hiking stick? Check out our list of the best happy hours in Hong Kong.
5 Accessible city hikes on Hong Kong Island
Hiking seems to be everyone’s go-to outdoor activity in Hong Kong. While our city offers many scenic trails (some even with waterfalls!), and places to just catch a breath of fresh air, the idea of commuting all the way to somewhere rural for a hike – not to mention the journey back home – can be offputting. If you’re anything like us and often find it hard to even crawl out of bed on the weekends, we’ve got just what you need. Here’s a list of accessible city hikes scattered around the hilly side of Hong Kong Island. By Andrea Wong RECOMMENDED: If you don’t feel like going on a hike, check out these sunset spots in Hong Kong and have a chill evening soaking up great views.
5 Accessible city hikes in Kowloon
Following up on our roundup of accessible city hikes on Hong Kong Island, we’re back with another master list of city hikes – this time in Kowloon! We’ve got a mix of everything. From short, leisurely strolls to different route variations that lie on Lion Rock Hill, grab a friend or two and start exploring these nooks in Kowloon. By Andrea Wong RECOMMENDED: Want to avoid the scorching daytime heat? Check out these amazing night hikes.
Hikes that take less than an hour in Hong Kong
While many of us enjoy a good strenuous hike, sometimes there's nothing better than enjoying a good trek in nature without the need to exert ourselves to the absolute fullest. Considering that Hong Kong weather can be unpredicatble, short wanders out in nature – in which sweating is kept to reasonable rather than torrential levels – can prove especially prudent, especially for those who are tired of staying in all day watching Netflix with the AC on full blast. Here are some of the best hikes in Hong Kong that take less than one hour to complete once you've got yourself there by public transport or other means. By Hoi Man YauRECOMMENDED: Check out the best night hikes in Hong Kong to chase the sunset or if you just want to escape the sun altogether.
Break a sweat
7 Workout essentials for at-home fitness sessions
Now that most of us are staying at home, it’s easy to slip into a routine of lounging around and becoming a couch potato, but it’s never been more important to remain active and healthy. Not only is exercise essential for our physical health, but it can also do wonders for our mental wellbeing. A quick home workout can break up the monotony of being at home and help us recharge and refresh during the day. The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days a week, and with gyms around the city still closed, it’s a good time to get into the habit of exercising at home. Whether you’re just starting, or you’re expanding your home gym, here are some great workout essentials to help you sweat out at home. By Tiffany Tsoi RECOMMENDED: Use these types of equipment together with our recommended Hong Kong-based home workout programmes that you can follow remotely from home
Six killer workouts you can do at home
Staying at home may reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus, but it also means that we're not getting the proper fresh air and exercises that we need to stay fit. Luckily, we enlisted the help of Stephanie Cuvelier, owner and fitness trainer of Calibrate Studios, who shares with us six easy and efficient workouts that you can do without leaving the comforts of your own home.RECOMMENDED: Don’t want to be stuck at home? Why not hit one of Hong Kong’s best hiking tails instead?
9 Nintendo Switch games that can replace your workout
Staying committed to an exercise routine isn’t always easy. While hiking and cycling are great workout alternatives, there’s also a handful of games on the market that perfectly melds fitness and fun, like Nintendo Switch. So, if you are hoping to keep yourself active at home but want something more entertaining than just doing yet another set of squats, here are some of the best Nintendo Switch games that will get those calories burning. By Natalie Lam and Erika Yip RECOMMENDED: Don’t have a game console? Don’t worry. These killer home workouts will be perfect for you.
Ask the expert: workout for posture and general wellbeing
Follow this quick workout routine to promote better posture and general wellbeing, as instructed by personal trainer Jon Lee of One Personal Training during Time Out Hong Kong's Ask the expert series. Each exercise and its benefits are outlined below. Photograph: Courtesy One Personal Training
Alternative workout ideas in Hong Kong
Keeping fit and working out regularly can sometimes feel like a slog, so it’s important to keep things fresh in order to stay motivated. Thankfully, there are an increasing number of weird and entertaining workouts available. From mermaid swimming to lightsaber fights, here are six fun ways to make exercise feel less of a chore. Can’t take the heat in summer and in need of some air-conditioning? There’s plenty of indoor sports in town or simply head out to the sea for these awesome outdoor watersports.
An introduction to CBD and products available in Hong Kong
CBD products are now easily accessible in Hong Kong, be it online, in stores, or as added ingredients in food and drink in cafes. With the increase in product availability, it seems like the CBD movement has made enormous strides forward in the city. "People in Hong Kong, as well as mainland China, have not lost their connection to plant and herbal remedies for overall health and wellbeing like we have stateside and to an extent in Europe," explains Jamie Leilani Pelayo, co-founder of Natureofthings, a wellness platform from the US that offers an array of CBD luxe bath products and bodycare. "I think Hong Kong consumers are very savvy and knowledgeable on using natural remedies to take care of themselves," she adds. At first, products available in the market – may it be digestible or topical – are mostly used for anxiety, sleep disorders, and chronic pains, but today even beauty industry retailers are embracing the anti-ageing and antioxidant properties of CBD, and are releasing more skincare products in the market. "When Saint Jane launched in January 2019, there were not many luxury CBD brands on the market, especially ones that focused on skincare," says Casey Georgeson, CEO and founder of Saint Jane, a luxury beauty brand offering CBD-infused skincare products. "The market at the time was dominated by edibles, tinctures, and products targeted for muscle and pain relief. That lack of beauty-focused products is why I created Saint Jane. Once I learned about CBD's powerful benefits that transform the skin, I wanted to share those benefits and created a Luxury Beauty Serum with thoughtfully curated botanicals that supported CBD's wellness mission," she adds. With so many available options, it can get overwhelming which product to use, and how to even get started. So, let's break down the basics. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for skincare products without all the extra fuss, check out this list of the best homegrown skincare brands in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong’s holistic and wellness centres
While we wait for a vaccine to combat the virus that's causing a potential threat to our city, good hygiene, wearing masks, and boosting the immune system are just a few measures any person can do to stay healthy. For people who want to take other steps to reduce their stress levels and achieve overall wellbeing, we've put together a round-up of holistic and wellness centres in Hong Kong to help you keep your body and mind in prime conditions. Recommended: If you just want to destress and take a relaxing massage, check out this list of spas in Hong Kong. Make sure to have clearances from your general practitioner before trying out any services. Prevention is still better than cure, so always be cautious before trying anything!
Urban wellness staycations to book in Hong Kong
With the current outbreak still gripping the city, now more than ever, we have to take care of our mental and physical health. A bit of R&R is good for our wellbeing, and sometimes a day or two at a wellness retreat is just what we need. While there are a lot of great hotels and rental properties in Hong Kong that offers great staycation escapes, here are hotel deals that integrate health and wellness into all aspects of your stay. Note: Saunas and steam rooms are currently suspended in all hotels to adhere to the government's social distancing restrictions. To keep updated with the current city regulations, visit our social distancing guide. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for a vacation that feels more like home, check out these cosy Airbnb properties that offer great weekend escapes.
Where to find affordable mental health care services in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has always been a stressful city to live in, and recent events have, sadly, not made it any easier. Whether you're a long-term sufferer of mental illness or you have just been struggling with stress and anxious thoughts lately, we've put together a list of affordable mental health care services you can seek help from. RECOMMENDED: Looking for ways to relax? Check out these 15 ways to destress and relax in Hong Kong, the best places to avoid crowds in town, or look for some getaway ideas here.
5 hand sanitisers you can actually buy in Hong Kong
Running low on hand sanitisers? Don't have time to wait in line for a bottle of bacteria-killing potion? Worry not, because there is a handful of alternatives you can turn to. While some of these may be slightly on the pricier side, they are a perfect alternative to your usual hand sanitisers that tend to have an overpowering alcohol smell and leave your hands feeling dry like sandpaper. So, without further ado, here are our top five favs. RECOMMENDED: Hand sanitisers really damage your hands if you don't take care of them properly, here are 5 hand creams you need to keep your hands feeling silky smooth all day, every day.