Fort Tryon Park is Your Outdoor Gym!
The Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks are committed to your health and want Fort Tryon Park to be your green gym, so we have developed VIRTUAL RESOURCES to help you stay safe and fit during the pandemic. See below for current video links! We hope you will enjoy getting fit at the Fort, with the added benefit of “forest bathing” within the surrounding tree canopy.
This historic, 85-year-old, 67-acre park overlooking the Hudson River is a great place to be physically active while enjoying nature and spectacular views. The park has over eight miles of paved paths for walking and running. Bicyclists may enjoy the one mile bike lane along the park drive. Additional amenities include two playgrounds with workout stations, basketball and volleyball courts, ping pong tables, and lawns for playing catch, Frisbee, and tag. You can also use any of 52 staircases for your workout.
Staying active is good for everyone both mentally and physically – and active adults set a good example for kids. Playing outdoors helps develop better motor skills and can create a life-long appreciation for outdoor activities and the environment. The Fort Tryon Park Trust believes in the benefits of staying fit out of doors, and provides funding for fitness program year-round.
Tai Chi aims to stimulate and balance the flow of Chi (pronounced “chee”), a Chinese word meaning vital life energy. It combines movement, deep relaxation, and breathing. Studies show that practicing Tai Chi regularly can reduce stress and increase circulation and resistance to disease. It has also been shown to improve range of motion, posture, and cardio-respiratory health.
Missing Sunset Yoga? We are too. Use this class to do it on your own at home, or bring it with you to the park and do your practice there! Studies show that yoga is an effective way to reduce stress; increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and range of motion; and help you manage many health conditions, including heart disease, insomnia, and depression. Here is a video featuring one of the many all-star local yoga instructors the Fort Tryon Park Trust hires to teach classes.
Parent & Me Yoga
We offer a mixed-age class for infants to six-year-olds and their mothers or fathers. The idea is not just fitness, but bonding between parents and children – and fun. We want families to enjoy Fort Tryon Park together.
Fitness and Walking
Nancy Bruning has been leading outdoor fitness classes in the park since 2004. She offers one hour of walking, stretching, strengthening, and body toning using only the park, our own bodies, and gravity. All levels are welcome; we modify to meet your level of ability. These walks are year round.
Nancy’s classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at the entrance to the Heather Garden on Margaret Corbin Circle where Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue converge. (Note: Fitness Walking does not meet if it is raining or if the actual temperature or wind chill is below 20 degrees F.) Please complete the Fitness Walking waiver. See below for fun and informative videos!
Fitness Waiver (download)
Ten advantages of outdoor exercise:
1. It’s quieter than the gym.
2. It smells better than the gym.
3. It’s free. Your taxes already pay for it.
4. It’s better for the environment. No equipment, no materials, no fuel needed.
5. It helps you get vitamin D. Many Americans are deficient.
6. It’s relaxing. Natural light and nature induce endorphins, those feel-good brain chemicals.
7. It’s family-friendly.
8. It’s couples-friendly. An active alternative to dinner and movie.
9. It takes less time. No commuting, no special clothes needed.
10. It feels more like play. And play is good!
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Gardening and beautification tasks are another great way to get fit. Click here to find sign up details.