Is your jog feeling lackluster?  Does the elliptical have you snoozing? Is the punching bag not fighting back?  It may be time to add a new workout to the mix.  Here are a few cool alternative exercises to get your heart pumping, and maintain your health.


Parkour or Freerunning

Developed in France, parkour is a type of running which incorporates obstacles that the participant must seamlessly overcome.  You can practice almost anywhere because the basis of the activity is using your environment to get to your next point. This activity involves a lot of running and jumping, and builds muscle strength.

NY Parkour Academy

East River Park Amphitheater

East River Promenade

New York, NY 10019

New York, NY

T’ai Chi

If you’re looking for a slow-moving, low-impact way to feel better, try T’ai Chi. Although you won’t get an intense calorie-burning workout, it’s a great way to feel calm and meditative.  T’ai Chi is said to be a way to maintain and build up internal energy.  There are often free T’ai Chi meetups in Central Park.

Central Park

830 5th Ave, New York, 10065

(212) 439-6500



If you think that hiking is just a great way to sightsee and bird watch, you are mistaken.  Hiking, especially with a backpack, is a great way to build muscle and burn calories.  It’s also probably the most picturesque workout you’ll ever have.  Give it a try next time you’re at the Vineyard!

Manuel F. Correllus State Forest

West Tisbury, MA 02539


You already know this one, but during the warm months it’s great to take advantage of the weather and ride your bike outside.  Does riding around the city give you anxiety?  No problem! Just load your bike onto one of our ferries, and ride on down to the beautiful beaches of Sandy Hook.  There are a lot of great bike paths!


Gateway Park: Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook, NJ, 07732


If you’re a big fan of Dancing with the Stars, why not become a star yourself?  Take a dance lesson as a way to burn calories and tone those muscles.  No partner?  No problem!  There are lots of different types of dance classes that are good for those going solo.  What about a Bollywood dance class?  If you’re interested check out!


219 W 19th St.,  New York, NY 10011

(347) 644-0052


If none of these exercises strike your fancy, you could always try prancercising!  Let us know what activities get your blood pumping on Facebook, @SeastreakFerry, or leave a comment below!

Sea you soon,

The Seastreak Family

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