How to Make NYC Your Personal Gym

Summer is here which means it’s time to keep up the awesome habits you picked up this winter in your tour of gyms across New York City. But it’s time to take advantage of the warm summer days now that our never ending winter is finally over.

But before you work on getting your endorphins, you’ve got to get one of the biggest NYC stressors out of the way: housing. If you’re a millennial who is moving to the big city in pursuit of the job of your dreams or to get your degree, you’ve likely run into a myriad of problems finding housing. Hidden underneath some of the most instagrammable spots in the world is the challenge of the New York City housing market. From slimy landlords to sky-high broker fees to random apartments listed on Craigslist it can be hard to know who to trust. Not to mention, it can be super daunting to consider rooming with a stranger–and a roommate pairing gone wrong can be a total buzzkill if you’re locked into a year long lease. But the good news is that you’ve found your way to Bedly.

Bedly is housing simplified. With fully furnished apartments and flexible leases, they are here for you every step of the way in your housing process. They will coordinate your apartment in one of New York City’s top neighborhoods with spots in Brooklyn as a bonus. If you have a friend you’d like to room with they’ll pair you–and if not they’ll find you a roommate that is exactly the right fit for you. Bedly is here for you outside of just your apartment as well–their blog is full of tons of great tips for dating, finding your zen, owning your daily commute and checking out the best spots in the city on a budget. Bedly’s got your back, so you can spend your time focused on more important things–like getting in a good workout in the summer sun!

New York City is full of amazing opportunities to make your workout your own–and all you need is you and a good playlist! Here are Bedly’s tips for making your workout your own in the big city:

Get Active in the Parks:
There are several major parks in the city that are just asking fo you to get your workout on. You can go on a run through Central Park, practice yoga in Washington Square Park, or go for a long walk in Prospect Park. If you’re looking for a group to get active with, there are tons of groups that you can find online or throughout your local gyms in the city that will hold full blown classes and group runs and workouts that will take in all that the city has to offer!

If you’re looking to get some strength training in, take advantage of park benches to get in some basic push ups and even crunches. Another great option is to get in some jump squats and a basic plyometric series in the grass. Your knees will thank you for the soft landing and push ups on a bench are no joke–you’ll be sweating in no time.

Commit to a Self Training Program:

Whether you’ve been dreaming of running the New York City marathon or just make it through your first 5k, having a concrete goal will help motivate you and give you something to work towards. There are hundreds of self-training at home workouts available online that will help give you some guidelines on where to start (especially if this is your first time committing to a program). The great part about these programs is that they take you through everything gradually–so even if you’re just looking to get back into the habit of working out before you want to commit to a bigger gym membership, this is a great tool It gives you the perfect framework to get in the shape you want safely and effectively.

 

Find a Workout Buddy:  

There is nothing more motivating than a workout buddy. Seriously. If you find the right person who will show up with you (even when they don’t want to) you’ve hit the jackpot. There are a few key pieces to finding the perfect workout buddy: make sure they’re motivated. Everyone has good intentions, but you need the friend who will roll out of bed and meet you bleary eyed at the edge of the park at 6am because they told you they would. It could be the perfect way for you and your roommate to bond. But proceed with caution, the last thing you want is for a friendship to undergo undo stress because of a difference in your mile times. Working out can be a very vulnerable space so just make sure to surround yourself with the right people.

 

Try Early Morning Workouts:

Some of the most effective workout routines are done in the early morning. It can be a lifesaver to be running on an endorphin high as you wait for the train on your way to work. Working out in the morning–whether it’s doing a yoga class in your living room or going for a light jog around the park, will set you up for success in the rest of your day. This way, the first thing you’re focused on in the morning is you. Not a frustrating work email or the impending Bumble date you have that night. You’ll be able to have a full morning–take your shower and have a simple breakfast before facing the rest of the day. This will improve your mood immensely–especially if you’re used to rolling out of bed 15 minutes before you need to leave and checking your instagram immediately.
Regardless of how you choose to get active, summer is the best time to get moving in the city. And if you’re looking to literally move into a new apartment, make sure to check out Bedly–they’ll save you some serious stress and give you tips on how to have fun doing it. Check out their listings now!

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