Sweat and the City

Trying to be healthy in a city where it’s easy to indulge is a constant battle. Some of beloved New York’s downsides affect our fitness plans and overall wellness. Here are ways to combat a few of these cons and make your city living as healthy as possible.
Con: High cost of living
This involves your outrageous rent, your expensive organic food, and what I’m really getting at–your gym memberships and workout classes that cost an arm and a leg.
Make it a pro
There are a couple of ways to get the most out of spending so much money on your favorite fitness method. Make sure you spend your money on something you enjoy where the teachers know and challenge you. Within this one place you should be offered a variety of fitness options, so you don’t plateau. You’ll be happier while you work out and always feel challenged. Schedule your classes in advance so it’s an appointment for you. That way you’ll be less inclined to miss class for a silly reason, and you’ll make sure you don’t waste your money. If you’re using a gym for cardio equipment alone, then learn to run outside. You’ll save tons of money and spend more time outdoors, something we all need.
Con: Pollution
While exercising outside is usually satisfying, one thing that gets me down about is the NY pollution. I feel like I’m sucking in more exhaust fumes than oxygen.
Make it a pro
Use this as an excuse to find beautiful natural environments in the city where you can exercise. Run along one of the rivers, walk through a park, etc. If the place is new to you you’ll be distracted by all there is to take in, making your work out fly by. If the place is an old favorite but still natural and peaceful, you can use the opportunity to get more zen with your work out. A lot of these more natural places in the city have obstacles you can use to your advantage: sidewalk ledges for adding some quick cardio intervals (like running up and down from ground to ledge or bunny hops) and park benches for standing plank push ups or tricep dips. If you’re not in the mood for cardio, bring a mat to do some pilates or yoga.
Con: Long work hours
Unfortunately, it’s part of New York culture to have an impressively busy work schedule.
Make it a pro
If you spend a lot of time at your job, you’re probably stressed and constantly occupied by tasks you have to do for others (your boss, your co worker, your client), but think of your exercise as your time to do something for yourself. When you schedule those class appointments or pencil in an early morning jog, that time is for you and you alone. Don’t use the time to mentally write your to do list, but rather listen to your favorite songs and let your mind go blank. No need to stress yourself out even more while you should be taking “me” time! In fact, if your mind is in overdrive while you’re exercising, you’ll be more likely to quit your workout early to start accomplishing tasks. Make the workout the top of the to do list!

We love New York, but it certainly does make things more difficult at times! Make your exercise time your personal oasis from this busy concrete jungle we call home.

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