1. Save this West Side Highway run for after work, as you’ll be treated to the city’s best sunset, in addition to one of the liveliest river parks in all five boroughs. Among the park’s many piers, you’ll find romantic picnics, outdoor workout classes and water sports. This three mile run begins at 14th Street, across from the historic Jane Hotel, and ends across from the queen of New York herself, the Statue of Liberty.
2. After a warm-up jog along the water, you’ll come to a large fountain just past Pier 45. Although you might long to jump in, use the ledge of the fountain for an arm workout instead. Turn your back to the fountain for “fountain dips,” our outdoor version of chair dips. Place your hands on the edge of the fountain, keep your feet flat on the ground, and bend your elbows 90 degrees as you lower yourself down. Straighten your arms while maintaining an erect back. Do 12 reps, rest for 30 seconds, and do 12 more.
3. While the weather is still warm, you may be tempted to skip the rest of the run for an evening kayak ride offered gratis at Pier 26. Instead, channel that aquatic energy with a series of planks — a favorite workout for swimmers. Begin with a standard plank, and hold for 30 seconds. Then complete a series of planks, each for 30 seconds, lifting each of your arms and legs.
4. Nature will reward you for your hard work with a stunning sunset alongside views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. End your run strong with three sets of 10 squats. Remember to keep your butt back and your knees behind your toes!
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