Following last week’s article on stress, we wanted to provide local destinations for R&R in and around Manhattan. In addition to finding serenity in time away from the traffic and sirens, here are some other health-related reasons to spend more time outside of the concrete jungle.
- Trees renew our air by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen
- A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year
- Two trees supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!
- One tree absorbs the same amount of carbon as a car produces in a year
- Shade from trees can reduce building temperatures by up to 20 degrees
- Trees also lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves
Assess if you are getting enough fresh air and consider one of these activities for next weekend!
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
It is a gorgeous time of year to visit the reservoir with all the leaves changing colors. It is great for both walking and jogging. There is an inner loop, a 1.58-mile (2.54 km) track around the water reservoir, which features gorgeous city skyline views and one of the only gravel jogging paths in the city. It is encircled by the park’s bridle trail on the outside – watch out for horses! Entrance is easiest on the Upper East side on 5th Ave near 85th street.
The paved drives circling the entire Park are great for walking, jogging, biking, and Rollerblading. The roads provide three distance routes of 6.1 miles, 5.2 miles, or 1.7 miles. You can also rent a rowboat at Central Park’s 22-acre lake at the Loeb Boathouse, on the east side between 74th and 75th Streets.
Hudson River Park
By far the longest paved bicycle and pedestrian path in New York City. The Hudson River Greenway is a continuous 11 miles from Battery Park, at the southern tip of Manhattan, to the Red Lighthouse underneath the George Washington Bridge. The route passes through Hudson River Park, Riverside Park South, Riverside Park and Fort Washington Park.
The Hudson Valley
For a total escape, take a drive outside of the city along the Hudson River. We love the town of Bedford and the surrounding area. For a weekend getaway check out the Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, set on 70 acres right on the River. The Inn features 13 cozy guest rooms, a new spa with a contemporary eco-building design and a farm including chickens who lay the eggs you eat for breakfast. Also worth checking out – the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Tarrytown, New York.