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  • Finding the Next Outdoor Gym in the City: Morningside Park

    Did you know that there’s a free gym right in your own neighborhood park? And that fitness mapping is a new way to find the hidden potential in any outdoor space? While every community and business can benefit, this approach is especially needed in city parks, in neighborhoods that lack health clubs. Now, everyone can afford to go to the gym and bring their friends and family for free to enjoy healthy hidden treasures. Find out how at Morningside Park in Harlem, September 27th.

  • Vermont, Get Ready for Nancercize!

    Who’s going to be giving a Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Vermont this fall? If you guessed me, you guessed right. Vermonters will be learning how to be a Nancercize instructor right in their own parks. Open to everyone interested, including parks staff, health care professionals, nonprofit leaders, and regular folks.

  • Green Gym Day 2014: A Day of Discovery

    What wonderful thing have you discovered lately? If you had come with us on the second annual Green Gym Day, you would have discovered a lot. A secret forest in northern Manhattan, above Harlem; a peaceful cove with a floating Victorian-style boathouse; columns from medieval European cloisters; the largest heath and heather garden on the East Coast; a 200-foot stone tower – and ethereal outdoor art. You would have hiked through and between five of the most gorgeous parks in the city, with the most spectacular views of the Hudson and East Rivers. You would have danced and stretched during the breaks in each park. And you would have eaten free mulberries from a tree.

  • Let Your Spirit Soar with Outdoor Yoga

    Any form of activity gains something from the natural environment. In this guest post, yoga instructor Shawna Emerick, one of the yoga teachers in the summertime yoga program I coordinate, writes beautifully and eloquently about what doing yoga in nature means to her. “Community grows from this place. From the communion with nature, to the communion with friends, old and new, we share in the practice of “union”(yoga) together. We come to see that we share so much more than just flesh and bones, breath and movement; we share in feeling.” Do you agree?

  • It’s an American Green Gym Day in Sheffield, UK

    This year, our UK partner Kate Hill, founder of FunMeFit, is expanding the idea of Green Gym Day by one week. how? They are celebrating American Sports! It’s the first sports day of its kind in the city, if not the country. This is just what we want to happen. Join the movement to make every day a “green gym day” by going outside to play. Play is for everyone!

  • Green Gym Day Is Only 2 Weeks Away!

    What are you doing for this year’s Green Gym Day? The second annual Green Gym Day is only 2 weeks away!
    Green Gym Day Is a Day for Everyone to Get Outside and Play. In NYC, we”ll be hiking through 5 beautiful northern Manhattan cliff parks (wait till you see the views!) Here’s the schedule….

  • He Called Me “Charismatic”

    Brian McMahon, a student at City University of New York’s Baruch College, recently videotaped our Nancercize class. I think he managed to capture the essence of Nancercize in his interviews, footage, and commentary. He called me “charismatic”!
    See if you agree.

  • My Green Gym Project Won!

    The Partnership for A Healthier New York City selected my program as one of its group of Neighborhood organizations to receive funding through the Community Transformation Grant. This grant, called CTG for short, was received by the Department of Health and Mental Services from the CDC. Nancercize is collaborating the Friends of Morningside Park and youarethecity,

  • Is Exercise Like Medicine–or Candy?

    Valentine’s Day or everyday, you might have candy on your mind. But there are all kinds of candy. In my world, exercise makes us feel so good, and it’s as much of a pleasure and reward as candy. Even better–it’s a gift that goes on giving, even after you’re done.

  • Being Active Because of Love or Hate?

    “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King

    Which emotion do you most equate with physical activity—love or hate? Think about it. As I write this, it’s Martin Luther King Day, and although we don’t automatically think of him when we think of fitness, I find his wonderful quote quite inspiring in every aspect of life, including fitness. Let me explain.

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  • Did you know that there’s a free gym right in your own neighborhood park? And that fitness mapping is a new way to find the hidden potential in any outdoor space? While every community and business can benefit, this approach is especially needed in city parks, in neighborhoods that lack health clubs. Now, everyone can afford to go to the gym and bring their friends and family for free to enjoy healthy hidden treasures. Find out how at Morningside Park in Harlem, September 27th.

  • Who’s going to be giving a Train-the-Trainer Workshop in Vermont this fall? If you guessed me, you guessed right. Vermonters will be learning how to be a Nancercize instructor right in their own parks. Open to everyone interested, including parks staff, health care professionals, nonprofit leaders, and regular folks.

  • What wonderful thing have you discovered lately? If you had come with us on the second annual Green Gym Day, you would have discovered a lot. A secret forest in northern Manhattan, above Harlem; a peaceful cove with a floating Victorian-style boathouse; columns from medieval European cloisters; the largest heath and heather garden on the East Coast; a 200-foot stone tower – and ethereal outdoor art. You would have hiked through and between five of the most gorgeous parks in the city, with the most spectacular views of the Hudson and East Rivers. You would have danced and stretched during the breaks in each park. And you would have eaten free mulberries from a tree.

  • Any form of activity gains something from the natural environment. In this guest post, yoga instructor Shawna Emerick, one of the yoga teachers in the summertime yoga program I coordinate, writes beautifully and eloquently about what doing yoga in nature means to her. “Community grows from this place. From the communion with nature, to the communion with friends, old and new, we share in the practice of “union”(yoga) together. We come to see that we share so much more than just flesh and bones, breath and movement; we share in feeling.” Do you agree?

  • This year, our UK partner Kate Hill, founder of FunMeFit, is expanding the idea of Green Gym Day by one week. how? They are celebrating American Sports! It’s the first sports day of its kind in the city, if not the country. This is just what we want to happen. Join the movement to make every day a “green gym day” by going outside to play. Play is for everyone!

  • What are you doing for this year’s Green Gym Day? The second annual Green Gym Day is only 2 weeks away!
    Green Gym Day Is a Day for Everyone to Get Outside and Play. In NYC, we”ll be hiking through 5 beautiful northern Manhattan cliff parks (wait till you see the views!) Here’s the schedule….

  • Brian McMahon, a student at City University of New York’s Baruch College, recently videotaped our Nancercize class. I think he managed to capture the essence of Nancercize in his interviews, footage, and commentary. He called me “charismatic”!
    See if you agree.

  • The Partnership for A Healthier New York City selected my program as one of its group of Neighborhood organizations to receive funding through the Community Transformation Grant. This grant, called CTG for short, was received by the Department of Health and Mental Services from the CDC. Nancercize is collaborating the Friends of Morningside Park and youarethecity,

  • Valentine’s Day or everyday, you might have candy on your mind. But there are all kinds of candy. In my world, exercise makes us feel so good, and it’s as much of a pleasure and reward as candy. Even better–it’s a gift that goes on giving, even after you’re done.

  • “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King

    Which emotion do you most equate with physical activity—love or hate? Think about it. As I write this, it’s Martin Luther King Day, and although we don’t automatically think of him when we think of fitness, I find his wonderful quote quite inspiring in every aspect of life, including fitness. Let me explain.

  • Since I’m in the frigid, slippery northeast and many of my readers are too, it seems brilliant to do write a blog post about an indoor alternative to my usual outdoor exercise class.

  • According to the American Council on Exercise, the average American ​takes in 3000 cal​ories​ at the typical Thanksgiving dinner. Some of us ​vacuum up even more… Kind of a disaster when you consider 2000 calories a day is all that most of us need. That’s a lot of turkey trotting to stay in balance and [...]

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Testimonials
  • "Nancercize rocks! Nancy makes fitness seem like an everyday thing you look forward to instead of something to dread."

    -- Lourdes Hernandez, 38, Assistant Professor at Columbia University

  • I was days short of sixty-five when i entered her group and after a few weeks i was able to spend the rest of the summer with two very active granddaughters........and i lost about five pounds!"

    -- Jennifer N. Kothe, 64, Retired

  • "Simple, commonplace, often overlooked... the park bench. You may sit on it, walk past it, but have you ever considered it your outdoor gym? Nancy Bruning's ""101 Things to Do on a Park Bench" is a delightful and fun invitation to transform the park bench into a healthy pleasure. Combine convenient exercise, a dose of nature, and perhaps a few friends and you have a natural prevention prescription as powerful as most drugs. Think outside the gym and enjoy your neighborhood park."

    -- David Sobel, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Patient Education. Kaiser

  • "She transforms benches, walls, steps and even trees into props and supports for all sorts of pressing, pushing, stretching and balancing. Best of all, this is all done with the idea of having practically anyone of any age participate."

    -- Stuart Dean, 56, Qigong Instructor and Former Lawyer

  • "The exercises can be done in any park and this is a strength of the program. No matter where we live we can use what we learn here."

    -- Mandy Braun, Software Sales and Services

  • "The sunlight, the clean, clear air, the views of nature from vast river vistas to the details of leaf, rock and twig are a gift to the soul as well as the body. By contrast, in a gym work-out the air is stuffy, the light and visuals are dull and bland, the feeling is enclosed. When physical exercise is perfomed out in nature, the body seems to respond with a deeper level of satisfaction which no gym can offer."

    -- Laura Hembree, 61, Real Estate Agent