Run this city: New York & New Jersey
I absolutely love traveling, but it can really throw off my health and fitness routine. Between all the missed workouts and eating out the entire time, my body often feels terrible by the time I return home from a long weekend away.
Because of this, I always pack sneakers and workout clothes with the intention of going to the hotel gym when I'm there. Sadly, more times than not the clothes stay in the suitcase and I never end up breaking a sweat throughout the duration of the trip.
However, on my last trip to New York, I realized that going for a run around the city was a super fun and surprisingly easy way to get a workout in while traveling.
Yes, running seems like an obvious thing to do while on vacation, but it's honestly not something I've really enjoyed doing before. When I'm on vacation I want to enjoy it and feel relaxed and doing intense cardio doesn't always make me feel like that.
I think the biggest thing was that while on this trip I really changed my attitude towards working out while on vacation. Instead of making myself feel pressured to workout, I took a more relaxed approach to it.
I figured that any workout would be better than nothing and that I shouldn't stress about reaching a specific intensity. Instead, I'd do whatever workout I felt like doing, for however long I felt like doing it.
That meant I probably wouldn't do the BBG workouts I was "supposed" to do that week and I wouldn't do anything that felt too intense. I decided that I wouldn't plan anything and see if I had time to workout when I got there.
When I arrived at the Airbnb we were staying at, the first thing I noticed was how beautiful the view was. We stayed in New Jersey, up on the cliffside overlooking the Hudson. From our front door, we had a perfect view of the Manhattan skyline just across the river.
The view was truly spectacular and I knew that I wanted to enjoy it as much as I could. When I noticed that there was a path that went all along the cliffside, I realized that it would be the perfect place to go for a run.
On the morning of our second day, I surprisingly woke up pretty early, before anyone else. After killing some time checking my email and perusing Instagram, I felt the sudden desire to workout. Remembering the beautiful view from the day before, I laced up my sneakers and decided to go for a run.
Within seconds of hitting the pavement, I knew it was going to be a good run. I ran along the path looking out at the Manhattan skyline just across the river. It was still fairly early, so the sun was still rising and the air was cool.
I decided to shoot for a few miles, but I didn't want to set any specific time or distance goals. I just wanted it to be an enjoyable run without any stress.
And honestly, that made it so fun. I loved just running for the fun of it while taking in all the sights around me. Every few steps brought me to another beautiful view.
I didn't map anything out, I just ran all the way along the edge of the cliff and then followed the path as it made its way through the cutest little neighborhood. I then found a main street that took me down the side of the cliff near the edge of the river.
It was the perfect way to explore the area I was staying in and I really enjoyed getting to discover it for myself without taking a planned tour. By the time I made it back, I had logged 4 miles, not bad for a vacation workout that almost didn't happen!
After that day, my perspective on working out while on vacation dramatically changed. I realized that if I had tried to continue with my normal workout schedule, I probably never would have worked out at all. Instead, finding something easy and fun made it much more likely that I'd get it done.
Of course, running around the city made for a great way to get some exercise and do some sightseeing at the same time.
Next time you go on vacation, I highly recommend it!