The people of NYC are blessed to have so many movement options available to them, especially in Manhattan. It's a walking city, and even riding the subway entails some walking and stairs. Most of us don't live on the ground floor, and often the workplace is several floors up. Yes, the rent is too damn high, but these are FREE EXERCISE opportunities!
So what's the catch? Getting real with time management. Yes, you might need to make the time to walk and take the stairs. But, in reality, with traffic, train delays, and mid-century elevators, is walking and stair-climbing that much more time consuming?
A few of my clients have joined me in ditching the twice weekly 45 minute cardio session. Instead, they walk to get to destinations instead of riding, and choose the stairs as much as possible. They report positive results. Lower body and back pain is reduced, and they have less tension in their upper body. ( lots of shoulder, neck, and jaw tension can happen on the bike and treadmill ) Their feet are tired at the end of the day, but their ankles are less swollen, digestion is better, and sleep comes more easily. I have yet to hear of anyone's doctor reporting a decline in heart health with this change, but I have heard of improvement!
So take those movement opportunities, Manhattanites. We are blessed to have them!