Farmers markets, running trails, and tons of fitness studios define these popular towns
One of the perks of living in the city is the endless options when it comes to healthy living. From the freshest local produce to thousands of gyms and studios to green spaces packed with waterfront jogging paths, basketball courts and hiking trails, there’s no shortage of ways to get fit, eat healthily and ensure your kids are getting in on the action.
And in suburbia? The good news is tons of urban health and fitness trends have found their way to the ‘burbs—and that’s just the beginning. The NYC suburbs are home to some of the most health-focused towns anywhere. These hotspots are packed with the very best healthy living go-tos, from sought-after juice bars and plant-based cafes to local farmers markets, outdoor spaces, studios, gyms and, even, gorgeous walking trails—in other words, something for everyone, including the most discerning city families.
While chances are, you’ll find your healthy “tribe” in virtually any town, these suburbs topped our Strategists’ list of the healthiest, fittest and most on-the-move out there. Expect all things fresh, green and heart-pumping in these popular towns…
Rye Brook, NY (Westchester)
For a small town, Rye Brook has EVERYTHING a fitness enthusiast could possibly crave…and then some. When you’re ready to sweat, hit up the local SoulCycle, SLT or Ripped Fit, all in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center.
Outside of this workout epicenter, there’s also the local Club at 800 Squash & Fitness, Elevate Personal Training + MMA, The RITE Method Barre Studio and Rye Health & Fitness, among countless other popular hotspots. 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 among us.
Naturally, the healthy vibe doesn’t stop with the workout scene. Eateries like Chop’t and Dig Inn are popular city transplants with great green menus, and Organic Pharmer is always packed with the juicing and plant-based set. And, speaking of plants, there are plenty of nearby options for whole, local and organic food, including the Down to Earth Rye Farmers Market and Port Chester Farmers, not far from the Whole Foods.
Port Washington, NY (Long Island)
“Port” is a waterfront community with a sub-30 minute rush hour train into and out of Penn Station. But that’s not all that’s drawing NYC families. Niche gives Port Washington an “A” for health and fitness and an “A” for outdoor activities, making it a good option for families who are focused on getting—and staying—fit, healthy and active.
Here, you’ll find everything from workout studios—NXT GEN Fitness, Port Fitness Studio, Power Ten Fitness Club, Evolution Pilates, I Love Kickboxing and Orangetheory Fitness, among others. You’ll also find trendy options that take advantage of the town’s prime beach location such as yoga, pilates and running clubs that hit the sand. And when it comes to digging in? Check out North Shore Farms and the town’s organic farmers market, both go-tos for area residents and neighbors.
Short Hills/Millburn Township, NJ (New Jersey)
Health and fitness abound in this New Jersey commuter town—another town that scores an “A” on Niche’s health and fitness ranking, an “A+” overall grade and the #2 spot for best suburbs to raise a family in the Garden State.
Here, you’ll find everything from a Life Time Athletic center—perfect for families—to SLT, SoulCycle, Pure Barre and an Equinox in nearby Summit. These city staples join Sunlight of the Spirit Yoga Studio, multiple personal training studios, Motion Fitness Club and on-trend athletic apparel boutique Sweaty Betty, all providing an incredible backdrop for members looking to break a sweat. And for the healthy foodies in town? Evoo & Lemon, Pita on Essex and The Salad House of Millburn are ideal go-tos, as is juice bar Green Nectar Juicery and area farmers markets in neighboring Summit, Chatham, South Orange, and Livingston.
Westport, CT (Fairfield County)
Boutique gyms and studios hit Westport HARD, catering to the city’s chic fitterati in a big way. Whether you opt for barre classes, yoga training, SoulCycle or, even, waterfront options including rowing clubs, kayaking and more, Westport has you covered.
And, because you’ll be part of the Connecticut scene, don’t forget your racquets and clubs—golf and tennis are big here, whether it’s just hitting a few balls around or a hyper-competitive country club tournament.
If all of that weren’t enough, an Equinox just opened in Southport, right on the Westport border. It’s already getting tons of buzz among Westport’s workout crowd!
The Rivertowns (Westchester)
The Rivertowns all consistently rank among the top places to live in New York—and there’s a reason. With great schools, a quick commute and amazing amenities, there’s a reason so many city families want to call these communities “home.” And if you’re big on the health and fitness scene? Then there are even more…
In any of the Rivertowns, you’ll find walking trails winding around the water, youth and adult sports leagues, endless options to break a sweat. Within these towns, you’ll find everything from CrossFit to TITLE Boxing Club to pilates, yoga, personal training, and running clubs plus a host of gyms and niche local studios.
Even the food is ideal for those seeking better-for-you options—farm-to-table cuisine, plant-based menus, and green options abound at places like neighboring Bedford 234 and nearby farmer-owned restaurant and grocery The Outpost. Or, for more local fare, hit up the Irvington Farmers Market.
Ready to find the right healthy suburb for your family? Get in touch with one of our expert NYC Strategists to get started.
Niche 2018 Healthiest Places to Live in the U.S. (NY, NJ, CT)