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Changing Up Your Fitness Routine


If you know me, you know I typically post my daily workouts. When I’m home (in New York City), and especially during the warm summer months, my Nike sneakers typically take me to various parts of Central Park. I always love it there but recently decided to switch things up and take a walk along the West Side of Manhattan to see giant bagel sculptures at Hudson River Park. And yesterday, I walked there with two of my walking buddies, Nicky Rubins and Amy Nagler.

It was a beautiful morning–warm but breezy. We walked towards the gorgeous Freedom Tower (pictured above) and had good conversation as always. We also enjoyed other sights including the water, boats, The Intrepid and even a giant frying pan (pictured below). 


After a few near hits by out of control bikers, we arrived at the bagel sculptures. Nicky and Amy (pictured below) immediately got comfortable.


The sesame seed bagel was also my personal favorite.


This was enough for the three of us…


And a twist on a typical tulip vase…


After seeing the bagel sculptures (we realized after the walk there were more…we’ll have to go back!), we took a walk to The Highline.


If you’re not familiar with it, The Highline is described on its website as “a public park built on a historic freight train rail elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side.” It goes from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues. You should definitely check it out. 


I can’t tell you how much fun it was to go somewhere new with a destination in mind. Even if you’re a regular, consistent exerciser, it’s important to switch things up and try new things every now and again. Besides benefitting your heart and muscles, switching things up can help you beat boredom, stay motivated and even bond with others.

Last winter, Nicky, Amy and I took a few hip hop dance classes. This summer, Amy played kickball on a league (she will again this fall). Nicky hiked on a glacier with crampons. (She had to wear a harness and carry a pick axe too, she said.)  And I just returned from Colorado where I hiked to Maroon Bells and walked along The Rio Grande Trail (I didn’t fall once, for a change.).

When I asked my dietitian friend Melissa Joy Dobbins about her summer fit plans, she called this summer her “summer of dance.” She said, “I’m really enjoying taking ballet classes after a 25 year hiatus! It’s such a great exercise for the body AND the brain! But even better, my 15 year old daughter asked if she could try ballet and modern, and my 7 year old son tried the “boys class” and loves it. We are all enjoying this “change” in our exercise routine and who knows, it might turn out to be something that lasts beyond summertime.”

What have you done to changeup your fitness routine this summer? I’d love to hear from you. And whatever you do, try to have fun and enjoy yourself. If you’re not, there’s definitely something out there–whether it’s hula hooping, tap dancing, ballroom dancing, taking a running class, or joining some sort of sports league–you can try. There’s something for everyone if you look for it.

To read more of my take on fitness, click here. 

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Elisa Zied is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, author, speaker, and spokesperson. A trusted source of food, nutrition, and health information, Elisa has garnered millions of media impressions, lending her expertise and real-world perspective to dozens of TV shows, web sites, news organizations and magazines. She’s the author of four nutrition books and is currently working on her first novel. You can find her previous Food, Fitness & Fiction posts here and connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook.

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