Exercising In NYC Without Going To The Gym

We are always looking for new ways to stay fit and healthy. New York City makes it almost too easy! Here are some ideas for exercising outside of the gym, whether it be in your apartment or on the streets of NYC!

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Changing Up Your Daily Commute

Unless you happen to work from home, a daily commute is an inevitable part of every New Yorker’s life. Rather than looking upon this necessary part of life with dread, why not look at it as an opportunity to sneak in a free workout to and from the office? You can switch up your commute to include more walking–whether this means actually walking to and from the office in lieu of taking any kind of transportation, or simply getting off the train a stop or two early to get more steps in before you head inside for the day. And once you’re actually at work, take the stairs instead of the elevator. You’ll be amazed how quickly your legs will begin toning!

An easy way to track how much extra exercise you’re actually getting is to utilize a pedometer. You can get an old school one that clips on your belt, or step things up and use any form of FitBit, iWatch, or even an app straight from your smartphone.

And don’t forget to load your phone up with favorite playlists and podcasts, or set a reminder to call a friend or long distance family member during these walks. It’ll make the time go by in a breeze, plus you’ll feel extra productive!

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Taking Advantage Of Outdoor Classes

Summertime in NYC means a plethora of outdoor fitness classes, and, get this, so many of them are free! Definitely beats a pricey gym membership with a commitment, right? Take for instance, Bryant Park. During the summer they offer free yoga classes on the lawn Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 6pm, Bootcamp classes Wednesdays at 6:30am, Pilates Mondays at 7:30am, and Tai Chi Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30am. Glenwood residents living in Midtown East in buildings such as Paramount Tower will love the close proximity of this outdoor goodness!

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Kayak In The River

Manhattan is surrounded on all sides by rivers, and those rivers offer plenty of opportunities to kayak, which is great exercise for building both stamina and upper body strength! Not to mention it lets you do something novel and fun during your summer. We did a roundup on 10 places to kayak for free in NYC. Residents living Downtown at the Tribeca Bridge Tower will really appreciate the Downtown Boathouse.

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Utilizing Your Apartment

Finally, one of the simplest ways to sneak in some extra exercise that also takes the least amount of time (because: no commute!) is to exercise in the comfort of your very own home. While most Glenwood buildings have an on-site gym, there’s simple things you can do when you have a few extra minutes at home that will end up making a big difference in your overall health. For example, if you’re watching your current go-to show, make a point to do crunches, jumping jacks, or hold a plank during all the commercial breaks. Or, if you want to multitask working out with cleaning, set a timer for 15 minutes and run around the apartment with a giant basket, returning everything that’s out of place to its proper spot. Another easy idea? Put on your favorite upbeat music and have a dance party with your partner or kids! None of these things require any extra equipment, but all are guaranteed to break a sweat!

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