City calorie counts


Photo: Steven Strasser
By Liz Hardaway

With the holidays long-gone, and that turkey and gravy still resting in everyone's bellies, most people take advantage of the “new year, new me” mentality to try to shed some pounds. Some purchase expensive gym memberships that they rarely use come February, while others opt for rigorous but trendy spin classes. In New York, people find ways to exercise all around their neighborhoods (without busting the bank account). Here are a few ways New Yorkers can get their sweat on, just around the corner:
Jog around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park
Breathe in that fresh air with the abundance of beautiful trees in Central Park. At just over 1.5 miles at a 2-degree slope, the average person can burn 178 calories.
Bike along the West Side Highway from the Boat Basin to the George Washington Bridge
Take in the beautiful Hudson River! At 5.2 miles, this bike path lets the average person burn 249.6 calories.
Tackle the climbing wall at Chelsea Piers
Get the exercise of climbing a mountain with the modern luxury of air conditioning. Conquor the indoor rock walls at Chelsea Piers, where on average, a person can burn 374 calories per hour of climbing.
Swim laps at Asphalt Green for half an hour
With a 25-yard pool at both locations (Battery Park and the Upper East Side), a person weighing between 150-180 pounds can burn 300-400 calories. The Upper East Side location even has an Olympic-sized pool if you want to channel your inner-Michael Phelps!
Take a hip-hop dance class at Alvin Ailey Extension division
Every half hour of busting rigorous moves at the Alvin Ailey can burn up to 300 calories. Considering the classes are an hour and a half, they also include times for stretching and warming up in the beginning and cooling down at the end.
Walk briskly from Columbus Circle to Columbia University
At 2.9 miles, you can go from shopping to studying while burning 231 calories.
Walk from the Apple store on Fifth Ave. to the Museum of the City of New York
Get your cracked screen fixed, and then look at some art! This 2.3 mile walk will burn 183 calories.

Sources: www.centralpark.com, www.playbook.chelseapiers.com, Asphalt Green, www.city-academy.com