Sure joining a gym is expensive. Sure almost every surface in the city is concrete. But you can still get a great workout! No more excuses—here are 10 things you can do in the city to get fit, toned, buff, whatever! Get moving!
1. Run steps
The key to a better butt. Run steps in your apartment. Run steps in your office building. Run steps in the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, etc.
2. Wall sit against a building
This one tones your thighs, and you can do it literally anywhere. But beware of wet paint/graffiti.
3. Row a boat in Central Park
You might not be able to find anyone to race you, but you can race to beat your own time. Rowing is a great all-over workout. It hits your arms, back, core and shoulders.
4. Learn to breakdance
Those subway station breakdancers are always ripped.
5. Do pushups on a bench
Perfect pre- or post-run activity. You can face toward the bench to work your pecs, face away from the bench to work your tris, or put your feet on the bench for an extra challenge.
6. Do pull-ups on some scaffolding (make sure it’s sturdy)
Work your biceps on your urban playground. Just be careful not to fall, or break anything.
7. Help a street cart vendor move his cart at the end of the day
Those carts are freaking heavy! And some vendors have to move them without a vehicle. Lend a hand, and work your whole body with this weight-hauling challenge.
8. Use your kickboxing skills to beat up a mugger
Jab, cross, hook, uppercut! You’ll get your workout and maybe impress a fellow or a lady.
9. Whatever this guy is doing:
You do you, man.
10. Play with your roommate’s/partner’s/friend’s dog
Except this time, you don’t just stand there while Fido fetches. It’s a race for the Frisbee.