Fall is in full swing here in New York! For the Brooklyn-based MindBodyGreen team, crisp temperatures, beautiful leaves and the fear of (another!) impending polar vortex this winter means there's no better time to take advantage of the outdoors for our health. Below, our staff shares their favorite ways to get moving, get fit and get motivated outside. Whether it's on the streets, court or in the apple orchard, get out there and take advantage of this beautiful season — we are!
Andy Santamaria, Account Executive
"If I'm in NYC: I'll walk through TriBeCa or Central Park. Sometimes I'll literally go from the West Side Highway all the way down to the Financial District, a route that's all along the water. It's fun but very flat. If I'm in San Francisco: Stairs going up and down Pacific Heights because they have really pretty views of the bay, or I'll walk through the Presidio."
Kerry Shaw, Editor-In-Chief
"I'm 40 weeks pregnant, so my favorite activity these days has been prenatal yoga at a studio near my home in Brooklyn. No matter how heavy or tired I am when I walk into class, I always leave feeling energized and lighter on my feet. That's not a particularly seasonal answer, but I do love looking out the window and seeing the leaves and walking home in the brisk weather!"
Carver Anderson, Co-Founder & COO
"With a two-year-old, I'm still without a regular workout routine. But I love going to the park with Leo and running around!"
Jason Wachob, Founder & CEO
"Fall in New York is one of my favorite times of the year. I'm not a runner but I love to walk. I live and work in Dumbo and walking in Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of my favorite fall activities. Between the changing of the colors, watching a pickup basketball game on the pier, or checking out and all the cool photography they have on the fence, there's always something great to see! I track my steps with my Jawbone UP and try to hit 10,000 every day."
Anthony Schneck, Editor
"There aren't any gyms near where I live, but I actually prefer the outdoor playground gyms found in many NYC parks. The seemingly random assortment of bars and benches apparently scares off a lot of people, so it's almost never crowded. The best part is that you get the benefit of doing pushups, pullups, dips and whatever else you can dream up without having to breathe the stale, sweaty air of the gym in winter."
Colleen Wachob, Head of Revenue
"My fall cleaning is on the mat and not in my closet. I'm excited for a mind-body fall 'clearing' at The Class. I love the combination of high intensity conscious cardio and deep relaxation and meditation at the end of class. Taryn, Jaycee and Natalie are all inspiring instructors that get you out of your head and into your body."
Allie White, Associate Editor
"After a summer of telling myself I was walking around outside enough that I didn't need to put much effort into actually working out, I'm really trying to get back on track with my fall fitness efforts. I'm not a runner per say, but the upcoming New York City Marathon has really inspired me to sign up for a race (maybe the Brooklyn Half Marathon in 2015?) and get my butt in gear! The feel of crunching leaves under my feet while I jog certainly doesn't hurt either."
Charlotte Lieberman, Associate Editor
"When going from place to place in NYC, I try to get out of the subway a few stops earl to take some time to see new and different city blocks, breathe the autumnal air and get some exercise in without feeling like it's a chore."
Jake Sussman, Account Manager
"My favorite fresh-air fitness choice this fall is playing basketball. The best place to play are the courts way downtown on the West Side Highway: the competition is good, the courts are nice, and they overlook the Hudson River which is always a plus. I don't do it nearly as often as I'd like to, but every time I play I enjoy myself."
Andrea Rice, Associate Editor
"I love renting a Zipcar and driving out to New Jersey for some apple picking during prime leaf-peeping season. The air is fresh and crisp, the trees are bursting with color and the orchards are teeming with myriad apples of all varietals. With a bushel of apples weighing in at nearly 50 pounds, I'd like to think my arms are getting a bit of a workout as I haul my hand-picked harvest over to the pumpkin patch. At this point however, a wagon comes in handy."
Heidi Pashman, Social Media Manager
"After completing the New York City Marathon last year, I have a newfound appreciation for running in the fall. Now I know all my favorite paths in Manhattan and Brooklyn, which are complete with amazing views of New York City, orange and yellow trees included. The best runs include at least one bridge and a few different New York scenes: the Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty, the Highline, Dumbo, and Williamsburg, for example. The crisp, cool gusts of wind on the bridges keep me pushing through the miles, and of course, the view of the Manhattan skyline doesn't hurt either!
Emi Boscamp, Editorial Intern
"My favorite autumnal fitness activity is definitely hiking. When I went to school in Ithaca, this time of year was the most beautiful, so you'd be too distracted by all the colors to realize you're walking at a pretty steep incline. At my family's house in the Catskills, too, I know a bunch of trails and I led my friends up my favorite one this past weekend and we had a picnic at the top."