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Are you tired of being tied to a fitness class schedule? Tired of spending all that money too? Here’s a way for you to free yourself of other people’s schedules and fitness fees.

You might not equate museums with physical activity, but the Museum of the City of New York is taking steps to change that. Get discounted tickets to film screening, and a lively conversation about running in the city.

Nancercize for balance and strength.

  While flying home for the holidays might lead to joy, the trip itself will likely be anything but. After the long lines and hours of sitting, you’re likely to arrive tired, thirsty, and cranky, with your brain and body feeling like they’ve been through the ringer. The good news is that many airlines and airports […]

If you’re in New York this spring or summer, join me in these warm weather hikes.   And don’t forget–you can have your own Green Gym Day on May 31st — or any day. Send me your pics or videos from the day, and we’ll include you in our video.   FREE! Community Outdoor Urban Hikes 2015 […]

Join me in some outdoor fun!

I’ve just published the latest version my online magazine. Read excerpts or full stories:
Exercise better, feel better by getting outside.
Children need to play out doors.
Five ways to exercise with your children
Too much sunshine?

Don't let fear of falling keep you from exercising in winter.

‘Tis the season to be falling! And nothing ruins your holidays or plans for outdoor activities like a big old cast on your arm or leg. A bad fall can lead to long-term health problems for anyone, not to mention time away from work, family, and the other good things in life. Happily, you don’t need to hibernate all winter to be safe—you just need to be informed and follow these tips.

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?