Mix Up Your Workout: NYC Outdoor Fitness
Get out of the gym and mix up your workout a little — the sunshine and vitamin D is extra good for you! We tracked down some of the best outdoor fitness activities in NYC that are so fun it barely feels like a workout. Several of these could double as fit date ideas for fit AND romantic adventurers out there.
Free Kayaking in Battery Park
We know it is a bit of a shock to see the work “free” associated with anything in New York City, but this is not a gimmick! Downtown Boathouse at Pier 26 in Battery Park offers completely free kayaking on the weekends from 9:00AM to 4:30PM. Since it’s summertime and everyone wants to get out and adventure, they’ve extended the hours for July and August to include weekday nights from 5:00-6:30PM.
If you are a more experienced or ambitious paddler, there is a 3 hour guided trip that takes you out onto the open Husdon that leaves on most Saturday morning from Pier 26 at 8AM.
Line up early if you want to snag a boat, since it is all first-come, first-serve.
Rock Climbing at Chelsea Piers
Rock climbing will defiantly add that jolt of adrenaline and fun that has been missing from your workout. We love Chelsea Piers rock wall because it is gigantic, which means there are plenty of options for first-timers as well as experienced climbers.
The gym recently instituted a policy that allows for non-members to purchase a day pass in order to use the wall, so you can log some climbing hours without having to join the gym! Shoes, harnesses, and chalk are all available. Of course, there are expert climbers there to help you get your bearings and keep you safe while scaling a vertical face.
SUP Yoga at Rockaway Park
Take a day trip out to Rockaway Park and enjoy some yoga on the water while you are there. SUP Yoga is a yoga practice taken to the open water, balancing on a paddle board. It’s a sure way to fire up your core, challenge your balance, and engage your mind.
A-Team Paddleboarding offers SUP classes every day; just be sure to show up 30 minutes before the class is scheduled to start, since you will need to be transported to the class site (getting to open water is a bit different that that hard-wood studio floor).
A-Team was started by super fit couple, Amy and Andrew. Andrew was a former lifeguard, so he knows firsthand how important it is to have up to date CPR certification — that’s why this team keeps up to date with CPR and World Paddle Association certification. Don’t worry if you are wobbling around on your board during class — this team has safety as their number one priority.
Roller Skating at Prospect Park
From Wednesday to Sunday, you can try out roller skating at the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park. They offer skate rentals and for those of us inclining to falling while skating, helmet and pad rentals as well.
Roller skating is a ton of fun but there are also fitness benefits. Skating offers aerobic, strengthening, and endurance benefits. It challenges your balance while also strengthening your legs, glutes, and core. If you are bored of jogging or indoor cycling, skating would definitely be a fun way to switch it up!
If you are feeling like you want to mix in a fitness routine with a night out, you can always head over to Lola Star’s Dream Land Roller Disco. Also in Prospect Park at the LeFrak Center, this features guest 21+ enjoying “fabulous themed DJ roller disco dancing, dazzling carnival arts performers, kitschy contests, roller dance lessons, giveaways, and more.”
Taking your workout outside could be the perfect way to amp up your workouts this summer. After all, variety helps to challenge your muscles and ensure your workout don’t stagnate. Let us know which outdoor workouts we should have included in this list, and which ones you can’t wait to try!