With cheap cha chaan tengs and McDonalds all around us, it’s easy to be tempted into unhealthy options. Especially when you’re living on a budget, it can be challenging to make conscious choices. But don’t despair, even on a budget it’s possible to eat and live healthy!

Free & donation-based classes

If you’re short on cash, you can of course try exercising by yourself, but most of us need to be pushed a little to get the best results. Luckily, there are some free classes available. Sportswear and lifestyle brand Lululemon is always hosting a mix of free classes, like bootcamp, running and yoga. Another alternative for a free class is the #JustShowUp bootcamp class, every Wednesday morning in Sai Ying Pun. Moreover, you can check out Meetup for free or donation-based classes. Our favorite is Ben & Jenny’s pay as you wish yoga class, held several times a week in Wan Chai, Sheung Wan & Kennedy Town.

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Fitness subscriptions

Hong Kong gyms are notorious for deceiving their customers with deals that seem to good to be true. So be careful when you sign up for any type of contract that turns out more expensive than you thought and is hard to get rid of! Popular alternatives are fitness subscriptions like K Fit. For HK$700 a month, you get access to 10 classes. Think of yoga, boxing class or bootcamp.

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Healthy recipes

Cooking for yourself can be much cheaper and healthier than eating out all the time. Especially since you can be creative and can always replace more expensive ingredients by something else if you have to. If you need some inspiration, good websites for healthy recipes are Hong Kong based Green Queen and The Flexible Chef.

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Healthy restaurants

Of course you may not have time to cook every single day. While most of the healthy restaurants can’t beat fast food’s prices, there are definitely some that are reasonably priced. Our favorites include Happy Veggies, a non-profit restaurant based in Wan Chai; MANA!, the famous flat-breads with healthy fillings like avocado, hummus & veggies; Bijas, a budget-friendly vegetarian buffet located on the HKU campus (perfect for students); or Meet at Sakura a healthy vegetarian restaurant in Prince Edward.

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