Of course, we're not suggesting that you stop living in a condo. It still has its advantages, especially in a highly developed city like Makati. What we're saying is it's possible to enjoy all the conveniences a condo offers, without sacrificing your health in the process. In other words, you need to do things like:
Take Every Opportunity to Get Moving
Your condo may be too small to accommodate gym equipment, but that doesn't mean you can't exercise at all. Even if you're lying on a couch watching your favorite TV show, there are exercises you can do while waiting for commercial breaks to end. The nice thing about them is you don't need any equipment at all — just your body and the couch.
Also, if you usually commute to your Makati office, check whether you can walk towards it instead. If it only takes you around 30 minutes to get to your office on foot, maybe it's time to ditch public transportation. Not only will you save money and avoid the hassles of commuting, but you'll also get your minimum daily recommended amount of exercise. Now that's a deal!
Use the Stairs, Instead of the Elevator
Obviously, it's too tiresome to climb up the stairs if you live on the 31st — or even 21st — floor. But almost anyone can go down the stairs, no matter what floor they're located. It's a great way to exercise your feet, and avoid crowded elevators at the same time.
You do need to take some precautions, though. First, make sure your hand is on the rail at all times, so you avoid falls and other accidents. Second, as some signs would say, "Keep right," in case you're not the only one using the stairs. Lastly, as other signs say, "Watch your step."
Cook Your Own Meals
When you're exhausted from work, it's tempting to just grab a 50-peso meal from your nearest convenience store/fast food outlet. However, these meals are often loaded with preservatives and other chemicals you don't want anywhere inside your body. Besides, they can prove to be quite expensive in the long run.
If you can spare an hour, try one of these quick and easy Filipino recipes. You can adjust the amount of ingredients according to your preferences, and/or according to what's available in your pantry right now. In case you have leftovers, you can always store them in the fridge, and reheat them in your office pantry's microwave. This way, you save money, and ensure that what you eat is of the highest quality at the same time.
Clean Your Condo Regularly
If your condo is facing a construction site, chances are your unit is dust-prone. This may not seem bothersome at first — until it gets to the point where even the non-asthmatics in your condo start sneezing.
Spend an hour or two dusting your furniture, appliances, etc. Use a good feather duster, a piece of cloth, or even sheets of toilet paper to clean up. In effect, you kill two birds with one stone: Your condo looks and feels fresher, and you exercise your body too.
Maximize Your Condo's Gym
You don't have to pay expensive gym fees on a regular basis. If you live in a condo, there's bound to be a gym or two in your building. Ask the administration or security guards where it is.
Then, check it out for yourself. If the facilities are satisfactory, and you don't have to fight for space every time, say goodbye to your paid gym memberships. Of course, you'll probably miss having a personal trainer, but considering the myriad of exercise videos you can look up on the Internet, you can always construct a workout program on your own. Just don't forget to consult your doctor for advice.
Avoid Secondhand Smoke
If you're a non-smoker, and you live with a smoker neighbor, it can be a frustrating experience. But since it's not possible to dictate someone else's habits, your only option is to work around it instead.
Close your doors as soon as you smell cigarette smoke outside. If the problem is getting too much for you to handle, talk to the administration. Calmly explain to them that, while you respect your neighbor's right to smoke, it's starting to bother you. They're sure to offer you a solution or two.
Condos allow you to keep up with a fast-paced lifestyle, but they can also indirectly contribute to health problems. However, if you follow the tips above, you can enjoy both a city life and a long life.