Workout in the City: Walking and Running Tips for City Dwellers

Credit: S. Diddy
Credit: S. Diddy

Living in a big city can be exciting. If you call New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or San Francisco home, you have access to some of the hottest and trendiest health clubs and group exercise classes right in your own backyard. And even if you live in an urban part of Dallas, Seattle, Kansas City, Pittsburgh or any other large metropolitan area, you still have a lot of different workout options available. But what if running or walking outdoors is your favorite activity? Urban exercisers have to deal with the hustle and bustle of city life, which can make your running-in-the-city exercise experience a touch more challenging.

Urban living may give you the freedom to function without a car and easily walk to hip shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, but when you’re trying to actually fit in a workout, navigating the city safely and efficiently can be a bit of a challenge. After all, you’re up against pollution, traffic, possible crime, uneven sidewalks and other treacherous conditions, not to mention all the traffic and intersections that stop you multiple times mid-run.

Read on for six tips for navigating the urban landscape, understanding the possible risks associated with walking and running in the city, and actually using the metro to your advantage!

Do you go walking or running in the city? Dealt with any of these issues? Tell us about it! —Jenn


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