Six months into moving to NYC, I’ve finally found a rhythm and routine to my daily life. Caught up in the hustle and bustle of the city (and also drowning in my immense grad student workload), life until now consisted of dazed subway rides, half-eaten sandwiches, and trying desperately to digest seven or eight non-fiction books a week. But things are a lot simpler these days. Or maybe life is just as chaotic, but I’ve found a structure to string everything together.
The rhythm goes like this: work, eat, sweat, play. Go to sleep at the end of the day, and start it all over again tomorrow.
Working, eating, and playing are fairly straightforward; they’re either mandatory, or instinctual. But I’d noticed in the past few months that my commitment to keeping healthy had been compromised by my busy schedule, so I made a conscious effort to reintegrate working out into my routine.
As an urban planning and design student, I honestly believe that spaces can transform the way we interact with other people on a daily basis. More than that, spaces have a sort of spiritual ability to influence the way we think about ourselves.
Now I know that sounds like some abstract hippie drivel, but hear me out. I’m talking about that feeling you get when you step foot in a beautifully constructed library, and you suddenly feel like reading more books.
In that same vein, some of my favorite ways to work out in the city are deeply and intricately tied to the beauty of where they take place. From evening runs in Riverside Park on the Upper West Side, to empowering barre classes at beautifully-designed Physique 57 studios all around the city, I’ve found an easy, albeit slightly superficial, method of motivating myself to keep fit.
Here are some of my favorite workouts in the city:
1) Running along the Hudson River at Riverside Park.
2) Barre classes at Physique 57.
3) MMA classes at Radical MMA.
4) “Boxing” classes at Rumble Boxing.
5) Swimming at the university pool. Hey, gotta make those facilities fees count for something!
Find your rhythm and get moving!
Author: Sarah R. Sim, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences / Columbia