From Soul Crushing to Goal Crushing: 21 Day Fix Benefits of Walking in New York City

Hi, everyone!  As you know, I’ve been traveling this week for work.  I’m up in the northeast and my partner and I had a free day.  Rather than stay in the hotel and rot, we decided to make a run into New York City to visit the American Museum of Natural History.  I’m not a big fan of driving (or parking!!) in New York City, so I talked my buddy into taking the train from NJ into NYC.

We started with a train from NJ, obviously taking the NJ Transit.  We made the mistake of assuming since our ticket took us to Penn Station (and Google maps didn’t say we needed to switch trains in Secaucus) we missed our transfer.  Ok, no big deal.  We doubled back, got onto the train to Penn Station, and went downstairs to the subway.  Now, I’ve used MTA subways before.  I didn’t have a problem.  But today?  Holy smokes, today the train we needed had its platform closed and roped off.  We had a terrible time trying to find the correct train.  We wandered around Penn Station for entirely too long.  It was pretty frustrating, to be honest.  I’m glad I don’t have to take mass transit every day to commute to work.  To those who do, my hat’s off to you.  What a pain!

The American Museum of Natural History

If you’re going to go to a natural history museum, you might as well visit one of the world’s premier museums.  This place is amazing.  Four stories of history, both natural and cultural.  It helped that they had a pretty well-done app for iOS and Android that, once connected to their wifi, allowed accurate navigation from one display to the next.  Very cool.

Fossils

Titanosaur at the American Museum of Natural History

Titanosaur at the American Museum of Natural History

I’d have to say my favorite fossil we found at the American Museum of Natural History had to be the Titanosaur.  This behemoth checked in at 122 feet long.  It was large enough to not even fit in the gallery in which they had it displayed.  I couldn’t even fit it in the frame of my picture.  I am six feet tall and I went up to his knees.  I could have stood upright underneath him and not needed to duck to clear his belly.  Incredible something this large was able to walk on land.

Titanosaur at the American Museum of Natural History

Crystal Pepsi at the American Museum of Natural History

My nutrition was NOT on point today!

I had a small healthy breakfast at the hotel before we left this morning, but my lunch was absolutely terrible.  I love in Florida and we have Annual Passes to Disney World – and the food there is cheaper AND better quality.  I paid $30 today for a hot dog, chips, and a drink.  The hot dog was horrendous to put into my mouth.  But, on the bright side, I did find a Crystal Pepsi.  I haven’t had one of these since I was a kid.  Should I have gotten a bottle of water?  You bet.  But, I had to get this today for the novelty aspect.

I made up for it with distance walked, though

Distance Walked at the American Museum of Natural History

Distance Walked at the American Museum of Natural History

I actually know I walked quite a bit farther than this showed.  My phone has a pedometer app (bloatware, but I might as well use it).  For about two hours today during our visit, my phone was turned off, so I know I walked farther than 10.92 miles.  All this walking had me thinking?  What are the benefits of walking?

According to the Mayo Clinic, walking can help manage serious health problems like diabetes or simply help you improve your mood.  I certainly was able to burn a significant number of calories today, walking so much.  I’m not sure it was enough to burn off that awful lunch, but maybe at least I broke even.  The Mayo Clinic recommends a good warm up and after walk cool down, and I did neither.  Honestly, I wasn’t considering the effects of distance walked when I set out today.  I had originally intended to do my 21 Day Fix workout upon returning to the hotel this evening, but I am toast after walking so far!  I even ended up with a nice blister on my foot from the sandals I wore today.  Oh yeah, and the Mayo Clinic also recommends having the right gear.  That would include a nice pair of walking shoes.

The Beachbody Blog even says walking aids in digestion.  I’d have to believe it, because though I still paid for that awful hot dog later, I think it would have been much worse if I’d eaten that and stayed holed up in my hotel room all day.  I do think that if I had properly hydrated today, I would not have paid for that hot dog with intestinal issues later on.  Hmm.  Maybe I should study up on hydration.  I don’t think I’ve been drinking enough all week.

Well, thanks for letting me share my adventure from the day.  Here’s to better health!

 

 

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