Article written in collaboration with Mary Johnson.
Getting a workout in outside and enjoying the sunshine is a rejuvenating way to get a workout in when you can. The arrival of the summer and the pandemic are two factors that may encourage you to take your workouts outdoors (especially if you’re tired of staying home).
New York City is a very active city and is full of places to workout in, so if you are looking for a spot to get some exercise and sunshine in, you have plenty of options!
Here are 5 spots in NYC to enjoy nature and workout outside:
1. Central Park
Central Park is the most famous park in NYC, a place to hang out outside and get a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. While lounging on the grass and going for a walk are two of the most popular activities here, you can also get a workout in. There are running trails, courts, and fields in the park, as well as the lake and a public pool. So whether you want to get a bodyweight workout in, go for a run, play a sport, swim, or bring your yoga mat to the park, you can make Central Park your destination for some fun and exercise.
2. Bryant Park
Located in Midtown, Bryant Park is the spot to go to if you enjoy yoga. It is a gathering spot for a yoga class on Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the summer. While you workout you’ll enjoy a great view of the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building that are just nearby. To be outside exercising with views and the reminder of where you are is a special NYC offering. If you do want to participate in the yoga class, remember to sign up before!
3. The High Line
The High Line was once a railway but is now a 1.45 mile-long outdoor park above 12th Avenue. While it can get crowded, head here in the early morning for some open space to get a workout in with city views. During the summer, free classes and events are also held such as meditation, Tai Chi, and Latin Dance classes.
4. Hudson River Park
Hudson River Park runs from Battery Park to 181st Street and is the longest riverfront park in the United States. It is also a less frequented park by tourists so there is a bit more space to work with to get a workout in. If you want more of a peaceful spot to go for a run, this is where to go. There are also free fitness activities held here if you want to get a class in.
5. Governors Island
Near Manhattan, Governors Island is a gorgeous destination for relaxing away far enough but close enough to the city. You can get there by ferry, and then enjoy the 7-mile car-free zone where you can bike and enjoy the outdoors. If you want to get on the water, you can also rent kayaks at the Downtown Boathouse.
Even if you don’t live in NYC these places are still great to go see when visiting, to get a workout in or simply to enjoy nature.