How can I get more exercise? Start slow and find something you love to do

By Amanda Leung Sze-man, Leung Shek Chee College

In this modern era of technology and smartphone addiction, it is easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle

By Amanda Leung Sze-man, Leung Shek Chee College |

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Everyone is Hong Kong should do more exercise.

I’d like to talk about Hong Kong teenagers’ unhealthy lifestyle. They waste too much time playing phone games and watching TV. They love to eat junk food that is full of additives and sweeteners. They rarely exercise. They don’t seem to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

A balanced diet is important. Eating the right amounts of the right foods can help us live a longer, healthier life. Our diet should contain nutritious foods like leafy vegetables, fruits, and fish. It is never too late to start eating right.

Exercise also plays a very important role. We need to balance the calories we get from food with the calories we use for physical activities. Regular exercise can keep your heart healthy and boost your mood.

Amanda Leung Sze-man, Leung Shek Chee College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Amanda. People of all ages in Hong Kong have a tendency to sit down for too many hours each day. Whether they’re students trying to finish their homework, or adults in an office job, we lead “sedentary” lifestyles – this means a life

where we sit down too much.

Recent studies have shown that sitting down too much can be almost as unhealthy as smoking cigarettes – it can shorten your life by many years, so we really do need to find ways to add more exercise to our day.

This doesn’t mean you need to become sporty if you don’t like sports. I honestly hate doing sports, but I love to walk, so I try to do that whenever I can. Even getting off your bus or train a couple of stops earlier, or taking a few flights of stairs instead of the lift is better than nothing.

The important thing is to find something that you quite enjoy, and do it every day – try to be active for at least 30 minutes every day.

As for food, Hong Kong is a paradise for those of us who enjoy different cuisines, but it’s also so convenient to pick up unhealthy fast food or street food instead of taking the time to make something you know is good for you. While there’s nothing wrong with “a little of what you fancy”, as you point out, we need nutrients. There are many different opinions on what we “should” eat, but at the very least, you should try to get at least five portions (equivalent to five handfuls) of vegetables and fruit a day.

Start with that as a bare minimum, and you will be healthier and happier.

Karly Cox, Deputy Editor

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