Now that the weather has broken, it’s much easier to stay active in NY for a low cost or free! No matter what borough you live in, there’s lots of options to get outside and get healthy. The city is bursting with beautiful parks and fitness groups that take advantage of them. Whether you’re into waterfront workouts, dancing, yoga, strength training, running, and more, you’ll be able to find your crew and get moving this spring.
Shape Up NYC
Shape Up NYC offers a variety of group classes throughout the five boroughs for free! This program features classes like Zumba, aerobics, yoga, pilates, and much more. You don’t have to pay anything to participate. Simply show up and get moving! For classes held at centers throughout the city, you do need a valid ID to show when you arrive however you do not need to be a member of that specific recreation center. In Gowanus, you can head to the Wyckoff Gardens Senior Center to enjoy a free Fuego Dance class. This class uses Latin Rhythms, Caribbean influences, and hip hop to work up a sweat every Tuesday.
Healthy on the Hudson
If you’d rather get fit in the fresh air, head to Pier 46 in Greenwich Village or Pier 25 in Tribeca where you’ll find Healthy on the Hudson. These free classes, held Tuesday and Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, set you along the banks of the river to enjoy yoga or a variety of other fitness classes. Simply bring your yoga mat and join in the fit fun!
Speaking of water, did you know that you can actually kayak or canoe right in the city? At three different piers, 96, 84, and 26, you’ll have the opportunity to put paddle to water and kayak down the Hudson. Whether you’re new or seasoned, you can learn from the professionals and some of the piers offer this activity at no charge. You can also paddleboard! If you’re looking to stay a little closer to your 363 Bond Street home, head to Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse to hop in a canoe and embark on a self-guided tour of the Gowanus Canal.
Another easy and free way to stay fit is to put feet to pavement. Going for a walk doesn’t have to involve an entire group and there are plenty of exciting places to explore throughout the city. If you want to speed it up and have some company, finding a running group to meet up with and traverse the borough or entire city together.
There’s really no limit when you try to stay active in NY, especially when the weather is nice. With all the opportunities around the city, the hardest part will be fitting in everything you want to try!