This blog reflects the latest thinking about health and fitness. My goal is to provide you with a variety of points of view and the experiences and advice of people in the field of promoting health and happiness. That way, you can keep it fresh and continue to stay on top of the most effective and creative ways to get and stay healthy.

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"101 Things to Do on a Park Bench" is live on you tube

April 20, 2011

Tags: fitness, Fort Tryon Park, Fitness Alfresco

Our full-length video is now live on You Tube, at

as well as the Facebook page for the Fort Tryon Park Trust at

I created this video for the Fort Tryon Park Trust
A fresh approach to fitness. It shows that you don’t need fancy gym equipment and you don’t need a lot of time. You don’t even need to be wearing workout clothes. All you need is a park bench and an open mind!

Together with my dynamic team of fitness instructors, I demonstrate 101 creative ways to get stronger and more flexible, to improve balance and coordination, and to have lots of fun while doing it—all on a simple park bench. It's the perfect complement to a walk, jog, or bike ride in the park or anywhere you find a bench.

This 15-minute video is jam-packed with a variety of exercises and stretches ranging from easy to moderate to “you’ve got to be kidding” -- so there’s something for everyone. And it may even make you smile.

Let's get moving!

Based on my popular Fitness Alfresco programs, supported by the Fort Tryon Park Trust, and filmed in beautiful Fort Tryon Park in New York City’s northern Manhattan.


  1. December 11, 2012 8:21 PM EST
    This is fantastic! I must admit, I did a cursory search online for park bench excercises thinking I'd do some with my pal on our walk in the park the next day. I happened upon this video and immediately incorporated them into my workout.

    The next day, I had my pal join me and something interesting happened psychologically. I am not inhibited but many people, like my friend, are shy. Initially, my pal would say to passerbys, "Oh she's my trainer!" (as though shifting the responsibility to me from her would detract from any perceived "negative" attention.) The funny thing was the passersby would go about their business and when spoken to, always welcomed the dialogue and smiled and looked upon us with admiration. It really started to feel like we were setting an example, and in a good way!

    Plus it was and effective, time efficient, good workout. Thank you.
    - Ennui
  2. April 16, 2013 1:36 PM EDT
    Yes, Nancerize is good for "ennui."
    - Nancy Bruning