Whether you’re in class or studying at the library, it is safe to say that as college students, we don’t spend a lot of time outdoors. Sitting down for large parts of the day means not getting enough exercise. While we have numerous gyms, with multiple workout machines, these are all indoors. We go to school in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, and it would be shameful not to take advantage of what New York has to offer.
From a running workout to a soothing yoga class, there are many ways to be active, especially in NYC. We all know the store Lulu Lemon, for their most comfortable and slightly pricy athletic gear. Well shopping isn’t all they have. Every Wednesday they have a running group that begins at 6:45pm. The best part about it is that it is free. Speaking to one of the general managers at the SoHo store, she explained that Lululemon focuses on the communi
ty aspect of running. If you aren’t a runner, and don’t think you can keep up with the group, that should not stop you from joining. They will never leave a person behind, and there will be an instructor to help and motivate you along the way. It’s a three to five mile run, which lasts for about an hour. The route changes every week. During the run they stop to get in some push-ups and lunges, giving you a full workout.
If Wednesday night doesn’t work for you, fortunately you can go to one of the most beautiful parks just minutes away. Central Park has a wide range of paths, designed for the comfort of your running level. With a city that can be overwhelming at times, some nice greenery can be pleasant to run through. If you go to the website centralpark.com, you can go to the running category where they have an array of paths for you to choose from. So don’t stress about getting lost; Central Park created running guides from short to long distances.
While these are all invigorating opportunities, most students need an additional incentive to run outside—let’s face it; it takes enough to get us on the treadmill, right? However, running outdoors definitely has its advantages. Since there is no wind resistance indoors, it requires less energy to run on a treadmill. Effectively, you will not be using as much energy, therefore burning fewer calories. Due to the incline of the ground constantly shifting, you’re using your muscles in multiple ways to keep up with the change in the ground level. So why not take that extra step outside, and shed off some of those calories from late night ordering at Tiberias?
If you’re looking for more of a relaxed workout, you can join a yoga class offered at Central Park for 15 dollars. They offer a class on Sundays at 10am and Thursdays at 6:30pm. If Central Park is too far for yoga, Lulu Lemon offers a class Tuesday morning at 10am in, and Thursdays at 6pm in Bryant Park. Senior, Sara Baumser says, “I think it’s really great that there are so many sporting options in the City. Since I’m not on a team, it gets you to hang out with other people in a fun setting”.
If you’re more of the active type, Bike New York is an organization that offers free bike classes. The communications director for New York, Brent Tongzo says, “We have a wide variety of classes at various levels.” On a college budget, bicycle rentals can get pricy, and owning a bike while living in a dorm is not practical. Fortunately, BNY has nine bicycle centers, and they provide classes for all participants that do not own a bike. Although biking in New York can get dangerous, Tongzo explains, “We have a bicycling basic class, which teaches you skills that you need to bike on the road. From there we have a class called traffic skills 101. In addition we have winter riding classes, which teach you how to ride in the cold winter”. If a bike class isn’t for you, but you’d still like to ride around at your own pace, the company Bike and Roll has a rental service that provides renters with more riding freedom than an organized class.
So for all students that are not on a sports team who would still like to more exciting exercises than just another day at the gym, the City offers you fun options different days of the week. So take a break, lace up your sneakers, and get exploring.