Now that I’m up here in New York City, one of my favorite ways to start the day is by taking a jog through Central Park! It’s a huge haven of nature, greenery, fresh air, and friendly citizens who always smile or say hello as you pass them by. My favorite characteristic of Central Park is that it’s this massive hideaway completely enveloped within the heart of the hustle and bustle of Midtown New York.
I have a theory that even if you were to traverse a section of Central Park every single day, nonstop, for a full year, you’d still have missed some of the secret enclaves that await you within. It’s like an endless labyrinth that has special surprises lurking around every corner. You can pass serene lakes and ponds and wave “Good morning!” to the ducks and swans while you’re at it, and then tip your hat to the countless pets who stroll down its winding paths. You’ll see boaters navigating the tranquil tides of the various bodies of water dotting the pristine landscape like teardrops on smooth canvas, and you’ll feel completely at peace, even as the racing skids of taxicabs rush by.
Central Park is like an old friend, or a gift that keeps on giving. For me, it forms the foundation of my daily fitness experience here in the Big Apple, as it has on my visits to this fast-paced metropolis over the years. Jogging, walking, biking — all of these activities and more take place in Central Park. And it’s really that basis that we’re all looking for when it comes to exercise — a trustworthy, reliable partner in our wellness expeditions that excites us to get up and out of bed everyday and make physical fitness happen.
So, what’s yours? What’s your very own personal Central Park? It is the sidewalk around your neighborhood? Or the playground during recess? Or somewhere else completely? Whatever it is, it’s fantastic to have one, even if you just enjoy it when you need to clear the air — quite literally! — and mull over your thoughts. It’s your private sanctuary when you’re looking to decompress. It’s your outdoor gymnasium when you want to train for next month’s marathon. It’s your oasis to reconnect with nature.
Find your Central Park today, get out there, and get moving. Until then, I’ll meet you inside my Central Park — the one that runs from 59th Street all the way up to 110th, NYC!