Apr 27, 2015

Healthy Hacks in NYC

The Big Apple is a must-see on any European traveler's US travel list and most American travelers' travel lists, too.

I've been lucky enough to live in this amazing city since last June, as well as for various month to three month chunks over the past few years, and the longer I live here, the more I fall in love!

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This can actually happen in NYC and it does, regularly. How could you not love this city?
As a New Yorker (I'm not going to lie, that's still fun to say) I've picked up a lot of tricks about how to make the most of the city.

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Since none of us like to feel bloated and sluggish after travel, here are some of my city local tricks and tips for having a healthy trip to NYC!

Get fruit from Chinatown.

Very ripe (needs to be eaten immediately, can't sit a while like grocery fruit) but often half the price or less than grocery fruit - and you can get a wider range of varieties!

Head down to Chinatown on one of your first days in the city and stock up on the longer-lasting fruits, like apples and pears, to hold you over as healthy, cost-efficient snacks during your stay.

Head to hip neighborhoods, like the East Village and Union Square, for meals.

Times Square is a tourist must-see, but it's not the best for food. Not only are McDonald's and the other greasy fast food places there not the healthiest, but they're also boring. You can eat that stuff at home!

If you head to the 'hip' places in town, like the East Village and Union Square (or anywhere in Williamsburg in Brooklyn) you'll be overwhelmed with healthy and healthier options!

From Wild Ginger Cafe 
You'll likely end up spending a little more than at McD's, but you already made the trip all the way to NYC. Treat yo self!

The atmosphere will be nicer and more relaxed, the food healthier, and the taste better. That's well worth it, especially on a trip!

Take the subway.

You'll save money, since the subway is $2.50 per ride (at least until they implement yet another price hike) and taxis can easily cost you $60 or $70 per ride. That money can go back into your future travel fund or buy some yummy healthy meals in the East Village!

Talk about winning at vacationing.

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It also improves your health and fitness, because it forces you to walk those few extra blocks instead of just hailing a cab or an Uber where you are. It doesn't seem like a big deal when you're doing it and it's not an exhausting effort, but those extra steps can add up. Staying active is great for your health!

Don't try to do it all.

You can't see all of NYC in one four day trip. You just can't. So instead of trying to and being a stressed, exhausted mess, pick what you really want to see and enjoy it fully.

That way you'll still be able to get a healthy amount of sleep during your trip, without missing the bits of the city that you're dying to see!

Do take a fitness class. Vacation isn't the time to spend your days slaving away at the gym, or locked in your regular work routine. But I'm not talking about spending time sweating on a treadmill. NYC is a very fashion-oriented city and, as a city where fashion and fitness are major, there are a ton of really cool fitness classes and experiences that are as uniquely New York as any tourist hot spot.

Check out a barre class, take a hip hop-themed spin class, get ModelFit, or learn how to work a pole like (and from!) a pro at StripXpertease.

Pole Dancing Kitty by AngelofIncantation

Hey, you have the most fun when you push your boundaries and step outside of your comfort zone!

What are your favorite NYC eateries?

What are your favorite things to do in NYC?

What are the next US cities on your travel to-do list?

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