Category: Health

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.

Are you going to make any New Year’s Resolutions this year? You’re not alone. Most of us believe we can do better, and the start of a new year is the most symbolic time to do it. It’s not easy to change our habits. But it’s not impossible. Here are seven ways to make resolutions easier to keep. Plus: a special bonus offer.

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 […]

This year’s fall crop of free Nancercize classes is a doozy … learn how to spice up fitness walks with stretches and strengthening exercises designed to make you feel great! Four spectacular NYC parks are your Green Gyms! Register now to

Nancercize for balance and strength.

STAY FIT THIS SPRING WITH CITYPARKS SENIORS FITNESS It was a tough winter but we made it – spring is here! Time to get out of the house and into your local park. Starting today, New York City seniors can register for free fitness programs in all five boroughs! Even in moderate amounts, exercise can help […]

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.

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?