Category: Outdoor Exercise

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.

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

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.

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?

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….

“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.

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 […]