Living Good in New York City

Living Good in New York City

by Niki Cheng
New York City is one of the biggest and most exciting cities in the world. It is also home to some of the busiest, bustling people. We New Yorkers are always in a rush whether it’s to work, the gym or the deli around the corner. All that running around can take a toll on our health in the long run. How can we take better care of ourselves? Here are some ways to put some consistency and control in your tiring and unhealthy lifestyle.IMG_2204Exercise Regularly

Pick a workout that you love and stick to it. I’ve been practicing yoga daily for 4 years and I have never felt better about myself physically and mentally. The goal is to make exercise a fun part of your lifestyle. It is always hard in the beginning as you force yourself to get through the first 5 minutes but once it becomes a habit, you will love it!

Live Smart

Make your home comfortable and functionable. Your home should be a place where you are most relaxed. Create a home with smartly spaced out furniture and colors that make you feel at ease. Living in a location where you can easily commute to work, friends and your favorite restaurants is not only ideal but gives you a daily workout.


Look & Feel Your Best

This may sound silly but if you look your best, you will also feel your best. Treat yourself to a massage or facial once in a while. You might think it’s impossible to schedule some ‘me’ time but taking care of your body’s needs can help you relax and refocus. Helping out a good cause always puts me in a fantastic mood so while you put away the new clothes you just bought from Nordstrom into your closet, think about taking out your old clothes and donating them.

Eat Healthy

Health experts say this over and over but they know what they’re talking about; eating healthy makes a huge difference on your mind and body. You are what you eat so be conscious of your food intake. I always start my morning with a vegetable smoothie. Here is one of my favorite and super easy to make recipes:

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/4 lime
  • 2 tablespoons of blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Directions: Blend together until smooth and voilà! Your daily health fix is ready.


Step Away from Technology

When we’re not telling a taxi driver where to go or ordering a coffee at Starbucks, our eyes are glued to a smart phone, laptop, etc. Put the gadgets down once in a while! We don’t realize how dependent we are on technology to pass the time but before all that was created, people actually found entertainment outdoors. The summer is meant to be spent at the park, beach and rooftops. Grab some sun (hello, vitamin D) and just enjoy the company of family and friends.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain


crop3Niki Cheng

is co-owner of BoConcept New York with her husband, Shaokao Cheng. They started BoConcept New York in 2003. With an architecture and interior design background, she has furnished many homes in New York City. She is the proud mother of a 7-yearold girl and 4-year old boy.