Every time my parents visit me in New York, we find ourselves walking. We are just trying to get from point A to point B and like so many New Yorkers, I take these “short” walks for granted. However, somewhere between point A and B, my father makes the comment, “it’s no wonder New Yorkers aren’t as fat as the rest of the country. They have to walk everywhere!”
As New Yorkers we forget that the rest of the country isn’t used to walking as much as we do. Many folks hop into a car to travel distances as short as 0.5 miles! For us, that’s 10 easy blocks of walking. New Yorkers weren’t born with a higher tolerance for walking. We aren’t intrinsically tougher people. We’re simply used to it. And it’s one area that improves our quality of life, without even thinking about it. Walking, just like the habits of cooking your own food and doing your own chores, becomes second nature once you start doing it consistently.
So pat yourself on the back! Walking is a great way to stay fit and you are better at it than most of the country! But guess what? You could be doing even more with this superpower of yours. Sure you walk to the subway and grocery stores. You even walk to bars and restaurants on special occasions. Now, take your walking prowess and use it for entertainment. I am always talking about how great New York is and how saving money doesn’t keep you from enjoying all that the city has to offer. Armed with the power of walking, you can actually enjoy New York MORE while saving money. Our city has an amazing amount of history, culture, and beauty to offer. Remember all of those touristy activities that you put off because you live here? Now’s your chance! Commit to getting off the couch and doing those “touristy” things. And take your friends with you. Saving money doesn’t mean missing out on socialization either!
Over the course of this blog, I will be introducing a series of posts “Walking New York”. I plan on walking around various New York attractions and neighborhoods and telling you all about it. Sometimes, all you need to do to get started is have a destination in mind. I hope to provide some of these destinations in the coming months.
But wait – one last thing. Now that you are on board and excited about walking all around New York, you realize that you have to wait… It’s too cold out! We’re stuck inside, waiting until Spring to walk around our fair city, aren’t we?
Remember how New Yorkers have become used to walking? People in other cities think its crazy that we might walk multiple miles over the course of one day. For us, it’s second nature. Well, it’s time for something new to become second nature. Start getting out into the cold. Sure, it will be painful at first, but let that fuel you. Pretty soon, you will be able to enjoy the Winter months walking around New York as well. Sure, it won’t be AS nice as Spring, but it will be much nicer than the cabin fever and winter blues felt by so many New Yorkers during 1/3 of the year. Don’t let the cold stop you! You’ll be a happier New Yorker for it.
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