Healthy living is front-and-center in these NYC suburbs
News flash: suburban living is good for your health. Sure, you likely don’t walk everywhere like you do in the city, but suburban families are also exposed to significantly less pollution and social and economic opportunities that promote wellness and bust stress—definitely important to feeling good and living your best, healthiest life.
But it’s bigger than that, as you’ll quickly discover as you’re exploring suburbia. From small towns to true cities in suburbia and everything in-between, NYC’s suburbs are one-of-a-kind, especially when it comes to breaking a sweat. These towns, though, are the ultimate in health, fitness and getting your workout on.
WSJ’s top pick for raising kids in the NYC metro (and one of the healthiest suburbs out there), Manhasset has it all: award-winning schools, stunning scenery, prestigious country clubs and, best of all, a gym for every way there is to break a sweat. Seriously, from karate, taekwondo and barre classes to Zumba, personal trainers, yoga and CrossFit, you’ll find it in Manhasset.
Eating well is easy in Manhasset, too. Home to natural grocers like Whole Foods and a bevy of organic, seasonally focused eateries (you need Nooks & Kindles Juice Bar’s acai bowl).
A boutique barre studio, boot-camp personal trainers, 24-hour gyms and healthy eateries like Skinny Buddha Organic Cafe—what’s not to love if you live in this posh Westchester County community?
Add the fact that Niche named Scarsdale #2 for the best public schools in New York, and it’s safe to say that this gorgeous community and its Tudor-inspired downtown packed with shops have a lot to offer prospective buyers!
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Sea air is notoriously good for your health, lucky for residents this charming coastal community is flanking the Hudson River. Get close to the action with a walk, run or bicycle ride at the 10-acre Waterfront Park, or head to Bravo CrossFit, New York Sports Clubs or Pilates and More for a fantastic whole-body workout.
And it’s not just adults to embrace health and fitness in Dobbs Ferry—Dobbs Ferry Union Free School District has some of the best athletic teams in the state!
Rye Neck, NY
This slice of paradise tucked inside Mamaroneck on Long Island’s 36-mile Sound Shore region is an anomaly; tiny in stature yet jam-packed with fitness studios beyond your wildest imagination. With one or more on every block, there’s got to be something for everyone, including local favorites like HealthyFit for Women, NY Strong and CrossFit the Flats.
Rye Neck’s prime location on the Long Island Sound also means residents have access to countless beaches, golf courses and miles and miles of trails for biking, hiking and walking.
Want to get your sweat on? In Greenwich, it’s just a question of where—and you’ll have endless options to choose from. Erika Bloom Pilates, Core Pilates and Pure Barre are popular for the stretch set. If you’re looking for something more heart-pumping, check out SoulCycle, Punch or Equinox, which offers a host of classes from spin to yoga to hardcore aerobics, weightlifting, dance-based workouts and more. One visit and it’s easy to see why this is one of the healthiest suburbs in Connecticut or, really, anywhere.
Living your best life is easy in Hartsdale, a charming three-square-mile hamlet in Westchester County that’s one of the healthiest suburbs around. Here, fitness studios, health food stores and outdoor trails are found in abundance. Hart’s Brook Park’s 123 acres are packed with winding, tree-lined walking trails, and the nearby 236-acre Ridge Road Park boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts.
Over the Connecticut border, Westport offers a posh respite for the fitterati. Hotspots like JoyRide and SoulCycle attract near-constant crowds among newcomers and loyalists alike, while “energizing” cafe Freshii whips up Instagram-worthy salads, soups, wraps, bowls, juices and smoothies all day long, with fresh ingredients that are always hormone- and antibiotic-free.
They also offer multi-day juice cleanses and, in January and February, have a Kids Eat Free program to help little residents get on the healthy eating track now. Some other spots to grab a super-healthy bite? The Granola Bar, The Stand and The Organic Market.
Rye Brook, NY
Rye Brook is small, but very mighty, and hands down one of the healthiest suburbs. In one plaza you’ll find Organic Pharmer for the plant- and juice-based set, plus Ripped Fitness, SoulCycle, SLT, The Right Method Barre Studio and Chop’t. That, though, is just the beginning.
If these aren’t your preferred ways to break a sweat or healthfully nosh, you’re in luck—Rye Brook is home to Club at 800 Squash & Fitness, Elevate Personal Training + MMA, The RITE Method Barre Studio and Rye Health & Fitness and more. Want to get your yoga on? Yogitecta offers indoor and outdoor classes in a chic setting, and Bikram Yoga Rye Brook is ideal for the hot yogis out there.
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