Do you like to stay in shape on holiday? I feel that if you work out, even just once or twice, it will mean you don’t feel so bad about yourself when you get back home. If you eat and drink too much on holiday with no exercise then you’re going to have to starve yourself and exercise more when you get back and that’s not good for the post-holiday blues.
I went to New York to run the marathon in 2013 and I found it was really easy to find running routes to warm up my legs in preparation for the main day. Running outside is so much better than a hotel gym and as more and more of us stay in an Air BnB property when we’re away, it’s important to plan ways to stay in shape. If you leave it til you’re out there then you won’t fit it in and then you’ll miss out. Here are my top 3 running routes:
(1) Central Park Loop
This is a 10K run (approx 6 miles) but if you’re not feeling that energetic then just do half of it? It’s all outside through gorgeous green scenery and if you’ve ever watched movies or TV shows with locations in central park (eg When Harry Met Sally / Sex and The City) then this is your chance to relive those moments. Staying in shape has never been so much fun. There are subway stops all round so you can ride to the park, run and ride back to where you’re staying.
(2) West Hudson River Run
The path runs from the Bronx all the way down to Battery Park and is accessible from nearly anywhere. It’s 8.89 miles up and down but just do half or whatever you can manage. If you do it from top to bottom you’ll see the Statue of Liberty, Chelsea Piers, USS Intrepid, art installations, the George Washington Bridge.
If you would rather let someone else plan your route then visit the websites of these sports shops (click through the names above) and you’ll find out how to sign up. The benefit of this is you have a group to run with so you meet new people and it may even help you improve your pace. As most of them are real New Yorkers, you can get their local tips about where to eat and drink after.
OR if its cycling you prefer the you can sign-up for individual classes at the celebs’ fave spin studio, Soulcycle. You know, the one David and Victoria Beckham are always papped at along with Katie Holmes, Orlando Bloom and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
I visited the one in the West Village, as it was 10 mins walk from my hotel but there’s 11 throughout the city. Visit the SoulCycle website to book and choose a location. They’ll give you cycling shoes so all you need to bring is some suitable exercise kit.
With all this exercise you deserve afew treats and a good night’s rest! Check out my blog post about where to sleep and eat in NYC.
PS My tips worked. I completed the marathon in 3 : 36 and here is photo evidence, from the framed medal and pics I proudly display in my home.