Summer is a good time to put your gym membership on hold and get outside. For some of us, running and biking are the most obvious summertime sport pursuits, but if you are looking for destination type workouts that are specific to New York and fun, then look no further. These 5 outdoor spots to exercise will not only give you a good workout, you will also get to enjoy some of New York Citys top outdoor spaces.
Annual Summer Streets:
For three Saturdays in August (August 3, 10 and 17) the 6.9 mile route from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park is closed to street traffic and New Yorkers and tourist get to explore on foot from 7am to 1pm a novelty for what are normally bustling Manhattan streets! All activities are free and most fitness stations even have a child-friendly component, from the Reebok Fitness Zone at the Astor Place Rest Stop to the Zip Line at Foley Square, and the REI Adventure Zone and Climbing Wall in SoHo. Find out more and map out your Saturday mornings on the official Summer Streets website.
Summer of Fitness and wellbeing with Lolë and FITiST:
Activewear brand Lolë has paired up with Hudson River Park and first-of-its-kind fitness concierge, FITiST, to deliver fitness and wellbeing classes every Tuesday at Pier 25 til August 20. The complimentary workout sessions are led by some of NYCs most in demand trainers and range from yoga to boot camp. Head to the Lolë Showtique Facebook page to sign up for VIP access.
Yoga at South Street Seaport:
South Street Seaport hosts free Feel/Change outdoor yoga classes every Saturday, from 9am to 10am. See SouthStreetSeaport.com for more information and follow @TheSeaport on Twitter for any schedule changes. The best part about this outdoor destination is post yoga you can also indulge in a little retail therapy and a bite to eat at the many pop up retailers.
Yoga at Bryant Park:
This is the 10th Anniversary of yoga in Bryant Park and is presented by Athleta. Practicing yoga outdoors amongst the elements is a popular activity, and hence also popular in Bryant Park. With classes both Tuesdays and Thursdays in the morning and the evenings, this is a popular destination for Manhantanites to get their yoga on either as a mid morning break or after work. The full schedule is on the Bryant Park website.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Fitness:
Brooklyn Bridge Fitness Classes are fun and varied, but you might find it hard to focus with breath-taking view of the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. If you are interested in trying out Zumba, sunset pilates, hip hop and dance classes, this is the go-to spot to get your sweat on outdoors. There are a variety of classes most weekends and weeknights and early morning yoga classes on Mondays. Children can take part as long as they are accompanied by and adult 18+. The Brooklyn Bridge Park Facebook Page is the most up-to-date with times and class schedules. You can also check out the Brooklyn Bridge Park website for more details.
What's your favorite outdoor workout?
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