Category: Nature and outdoors

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.

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.

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,