Fitness buffs hoping to keep up with their routines can certainly find much to do in the city. Perhaps the best place to experience New York and work out at the same time is in Central Park. Its major routes have bike and pedestrian lanes, and its north-to-south roads close during weekends, allowing the public free reign. Whether strolling with a friend, walking your dog, jogging on the track around the reservoir or inline-skating a paved road, you’ll be sure to get plenty of outdoor exercise and appreciate the beauty of the park’s bucolic landscaping. The New York Road Runners Club publishes a Central Park running map, complete with calculated distances on a variety of routes.

For those interested in outdoor sports, the New York-North Jersey Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club hosts over 1200 outdoor recreation activities per year, in and around the NYC metro area.  Activities include hiking, city walks, biking, cross-country skiing, whitewater and flatwater canoeing and kayaking, rock climbing and more. 

Horse enthusiasts can rent a steed from Claremont Riding Academy (175 West 89th Street, website) and take advantage of Central Park’s bridal path. More information about other activities, events and features of Central Park can be found at its official website. Here is a link to information about some of the numerous parks and gardens around this city: Parks & Gardens - New York City

If you’re instead interested in indoor athletic pursuits, New York offers a broad range of gyms and studios to choose from, including venues such as: