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See You Later, Stairmaster: Make The City Your Gym

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Deciding between a workout and some sightseeing? Deliberate no more.

Between traffic signals and tree branches, park benches and City Hall stairs, it’s easy to turn your metropolis of the moment into a fitness oasis—with a bit of imagination.

So, lace up those sneakers and break out your tourist to-do list. With the tips, we show you how to work up a sweat and fit in some culture along the way.

A New Kind of Stair Master
Targets hip flexors, calves, abs, gluts and quads

Channel your inner Rocky by running the stairs of a museum or municipal building. Try skipping every other stair for the maximum glut workout.

Or stay stationary. Start with one foot on the bottom stair and the other on the ground. Rapidly switch back and forth, keeping your weight on the bottom foot and touching the stair with only your toes. Start with 8 reps, switching feet as many times as you can for 20 seconds with a 10 second rest in between.

Wall Sit While You Wait
Targets quads, hamstrings and abs

Next time you see a flashing orange hand at a crosswalk, try a modified wall sit while you wait for the light to change.

Stand with your back flat against the pole. Slide down until your knees are at about a 90-degree angle and hold, keeping abs contracted, for about 20-60 seconds or until the walking silhouette reappears.

The Park Bench Push Up and Tricep Dip
Targets chest, shoulders and triceps

Who says benches are only for sitting? Make this seat a push-up companion by facing the bench and placing hands shoulder-width apart. Perform the standard push up motion 10 times for 3 reps. To feel twice the burn, switch up this exercise by putting your hands on the ground and your feet on the park bench for greater extension.

Looking for a way to tone your triceps? Benches are the ideal height for dips. Facing away from the bench, support your body at arm’s length by placing hands on the seat. When arms are fully extended, inhale and slowly lower yourself downward. Then exhale and push your torso to starting position.

After seeing more definition in your arms, you’ll never look at a park bench the same way again.

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