Getting ready to travel for the winter? While many people flock to New York City to enjoy the festive atmosphere, some of us are planning a great escape to warmer weather in places like Hawaii, Florida, and the Carolinas. Comfortable shoes are something you can’t afford to forget. Here are a few tips from NYC podiatrists on making sure your footwear will be up to all the extra miles you’ll be walking on vacation.
Autumn is arguably the most magical time to live in New York City. “Colorful leaves, cool, crisp air, the grand spectacle of migrating flocks, the way the sun’s rays bathe everything in a golden glow… autumn is a thrilling time to hike any of New York State’s great public preserves,” says the Department of Environmental Conservation. Peak fall foliage won’t be seen around New York City until late October/early November. (You can keep up with the latest Fall Foliage Report here.) But now is the ideal time to plan your outdoorsy escape to see all the best colors Mother Nature has in store. Here are a few of the best places for hiking in New York.
Walking yields amazing benefits for the mind and body. Walking tours are a great way to mix up the monotony of walking, but we suggest working in 30-60 minutes of walking each day. If you’re looking for a great local NYC tour company to start with, The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine recommends Big Onion Walking Tours to shake up your routine with variety and thought-provoking excitement.
NYC podiatrists love meeting people who enjoy walking and running. These patients understand that one must “use it or lose it” with regard to mobility. We routinely work with athletes who are eager to get back out there and enjoy the world as soon as possible.
In the past, recovery from foot or ankle injuries involved bed rest—lots and lots of bed rest! However, that prescription is not only impossible for most patients to follow, but it’s irresponsible in that it allows the soft tissues to essentially atrophy with disuse. We recommend taking a monitored, but active, recovery. Gentle stretching and walking as tolerated is an important part of healing. With today’s walking boots and air casts, it’s easier than ever.
So, what’s a fun and easy way to get some gentle exercise in? Walking tours! This way, you not only enjoy the many benefits of walking, but you get to explore some of the top local sights. We recommended this walking tour of Mott Street NYC from VOGUE as a nice itinerary for some of your leisurely recovery days.
The weather may be cold, but for die-hard runners, there’s no better time to hit the pavement than during the most festive weeks of the year. New York City is renowned for its picturesque storefronts, enormous lit Christmas trees, and winter markets, making it one of the most impressive places to be during the holiday season. The New York Junior League run club recommends this 4.5-mile NYC Christmas lights run to fill you with holiday cheer, all while keeping your feet stretched and your body in peak cardio condition.
Even if you’ve lived in New York City your whole life, you know the “City of Dreams” is constantly evolving and changing. After all, the local landscape is so steeped in history that there is always more to learn. As NYC podiatrists, we know the best way to keep your feet flexible and maintain an active lifestyle is to walk and exercise daily. One of the more interesting ways to log the miles is to take a guided walking tour exploring some of the top sights in NYC.
Launched in late 2015, Local Expeditions is a relatively new company, but it’s already redefining the industry—which had been previously dominated by double-decker buses and large group tours hitting all the obvious landmarks—as a company that specializes in more intimate walking tours.
If you’ve been in an NYC hotel lately—like The Manhattan in Times Square, the Warwick, the Hilton Times Square, the Lexington Hotel, or The Paul Hotel—you may have noticed the digital concierge machines in the lobby areas. Now, NYC visitors can take customized self-guided walking tours of NYC filming locations with the Porter 24 service. Once a route is finalized, the complete itinerary will be sent to your email via your smartphone. A digital postcard feature lets travelers send personalized memories of their visits as they go.
As NYC podiatrists, we highly recommend taking one of these tours as an easy, affordable way to enjoy an active vacation. Just make sure you have a decent pair of athletic shoes, then hit the streets to explore the iconic film/TV locations our great city has to offer.
Our NYC podiatry office is located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, but every now and then, we like to travel south to soak up a different vibe. Brooklyn is sort of like Manhattan’s younger sibling—one that beats to its own drum. Just beyond the East River, this hip neighborhood—arguably Manhattan’s “first suburb”—begins at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. You can cover a lot of ground on foot—with the right pair of well-fitting shoes, of course! Here’s a walking tour that will take you to the top sights in Brooklyn Heights.
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