Exercising In NYC Without Going To The Gym

Kayaks on a floating dock overlooking downtown NYC

We are always looking for new ways to stay fit and healthy. Now more than ever, it is important to take advantage of finding ways to work out without going to the gym. 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!

Kayak On 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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A path in NYC's Central Park

Take A Walk

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!

Some great walking paths are:

  1. Hudson River Greenway Path
  2. Bridle Path in Central Park
  3. FDR Walk Path 
  4. The East River Promenade
  5. Brooklyn Bridge 
  6. The Reservoir in Central Park

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A close up of a woman rolling up an exercise mat in her apartment

Utilize Your Apartment

Utilizing Your Apartment

One of the simplest ways to sneak in some extra exercise that also takes the least amount of time is to exercise in the comfort of your very own home. 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!

If you are looking for exercise classes online, there are a ton to choose from. Currently, some very popular at home classes are: Tracey Anderson, Melissa Wood Health, and Chloe Ting. 

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