NYC Heat Advisory: Healthy Family Fitness

Staying Fit when it is Dangerous to Exercise Outdoors

Yes, there is yet another heat advisory in effect in NYC. But don’t let the heat hold you and your kids hostage indoors. There is a healthy way to enjoy outdoor fitness time: Get up early. Even before the sun.

Most Manhattan parks open at 6:00 am in the summer. Get up at 5:30 a.m. and get everyone to the neighborhood playground right as it opens. You’ll get an hour or two of good, heart-boosting, calorie-burning, muscle-building outdoor fun in before the city becomes dangerously hot. You can catch up on lost sleep with a mid-day nap.

Go to the river. A pre-breakfast bike ride or scooter trip along the East River or Hudson, is a peaceful way to start the day. Kids can study wildlife, watch boats, and work up a sweat.

Grab a ball and hit the courts. Or field. Most NYC playgrounds have adjoining handball, tennis and baseball courts or baseball fields. These typically open at 6:00 am. Thirty minutes or more of fast-moving action may be just the exercise you and the kids need to stay fit.

Take a group run. Manhattan is quiet in the early hours. Lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement en famille. Bring Fido, too. Not a runner? Jog slowly, or alternate blocks of walking and running. Working out en masse is a fun, fitness-boosting way to reconnect with your entire family.