How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions in New York City
It’s no secret that New Yorkers are prodigious multitaskers, and keeping resolutions is part and parcel of that mantra. So don’t be discouraged about your travel to the city—you’ll have a plethora of options for staying in the groove, and may even find that it’s easier to stick to your resolutions when you are visiting the Big Apple. Here are our surefire suggestions for staying committed to your 2020 aspirations.
Be more active
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean your fitness resolution needs to falter. In fact, a New York visit may see your daily step count soar. Walk your way around the city, from the winding paths of Central Park to the stylish boutiques on Fifth Avenue to keep active. Or consider joining a class at one of the city’s many barres, cycling or kickboxing studios. Consider ClassPass for a myriad of one-off options. Of course, if the frigid winter temperatures are a deterrent, you can always break a sweat at the Knick’s onsite fitness center.
If food is one of your favorite pastimes, as it is for most New Yorkers, don’t fret. You’ll find plenty of healthy and delicious places to eat all around the city. The legendary dining at Charlie Palmer at the Knick will undoubtedly get you started on the right foot with specialties such as pan-seared scallops and cauliflower soup. There’s also a spate of vegetarian and gluten-free spots sprouting around Midtown, including Natureworks, Sweetgreen, and the Little Beet Table. And we’d be remiss to not mention the superb vegetable-forward menu at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, from Le Bernardin’s master sommelier.
The city that never sleeps may seem like the last place on earth to practice mindfulness, but that would be a misconception. The city’s bustling streets and round-the-clock activities have all but birthed a world of oases where New Yorkers practice their peace, calm and chi. There are entire studios dedicated to the practice of meditation, like Inscape in Flatiron. Other options include walking to one of the city’s many green spaces, from Central Park to the East River, or seeking out meditation practice at one of the city’s many yoga studios.
Focus on self care
The great thing about a world-class city like New York is that you can find spa traditions here from every corner of the world. Set aside some self-care time at some of New York’s best day spas, with a Swedish massage at Oasis Day Spa, and enjoy a day lounging in the sauna and steam bath. Soak in the Greco-Roman bath grotto at Tribeca’s Aire Ancient Baths. Or try a Korean scrub at the Asian-style bath house and soaking pools of Premier 57.
If your 2020 resolution is to minimize your carbon footprint, that’s no sweat in New York City. Head to the High Line, an elevated green space that repurposed an abandoned rail lines, or check out the city’s newest neighborhood, Hudson Yards, which claims to be a totally LEED-certified neighborhood. You can also help the planet by reusing your hotel room towels, riding the subway and eating at restaurants that get ingredients from local farms.
Whether you’re in town for business or leisure, staying for a day or two weeks, there are plenty of ways to give back during your trip to New York City. If you have extra room in your suitcase, bring an old jacket to donate to New York Cares.You can also volunteer to help clean up a city park or work a shift at one of the many green markets around the city.
DISCOVER MORE OF NEW YORK CITY
After your run, there’s so much more to explore in New York City. Check out our NYC Travel Guide for recommendations on where to eat and what to do here in New York.