A run through mountain trails. Yoga on the beach. Surfing. When we are on vacation fitting in a outdoor workout is a no brainer. But back in the city? Well, we spend a lot of time underground and inside. Studies have shown that exercising outdoors leads to an increase in energy, upbeat mood and a decrease in stress and cortisol levels. Plus, it’s a great way to get some extra Vitamin D (just remember sunscreen) and explore your city!
So this summer, get off the elliptical or out of the HIIT box and take your workout al fresco with some of the best outdoor workouts in the city.
The Sweat Sessions
The Meatpacking District and Wellthily have teamed up for a series of free outdoor classes all summer long. Running each Tuesday from May to August, the series will offer different styles of classes – like yoga and bootcamp – at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pmat Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park.
Offering free outdoor classes in different boroughs five mornings a week, The Rise is on a mission to bring outdoor group fitness to the masses. Classes utilize park space, jungle gyms and other outdoor “props” (benches, stairs, etc.) to give you a full sweat session. All levels of fitness are welcome to try out their different types of classes, named after their location like Brooklyn Body Circuit or Core Body Bootcamp or the Flatiron Fit and Flow.
YoYoga prides itself on “non pretension and no judgment.” They offer a wide range of classes at their eastside studio, including rooftop classes during the summer. To tap into the outdoors even more, check out their paddleboard excursions at nearby Lake Oscawana where you will practice yoga both on land and on a paddleboard. Afterwards, you have time to swim, paddle and lunch dockside.
Twice a week from May to September, Bryant Park in association with Atheleta hosts yoga session in its Upper Terrace. Instructors, provided by Yoga Journal, vary week to week so you can try a variety of styles. The park’s central location makes it easy to squeeze in workout either in the morning (Tuesday) or after work (Thursdays). Bring your own mat and enjoy practicing with a diverse group of people in one of the city’s most underrated parks.
Don’t be fooled: New York has some of the best surfing on the East Coast. New York Surf Schools is a mecca for both novice and experienced surfers. You can rent boards, sign-up for group or private lessons, or even enroll in surf camp. Afterwards, check out Rockaway Beach Surf Club for beach eats and drinks. You’ve earned it.
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