Sure, you can go to the gym, but it's summer and you should be outside! You need the Vitamin D! Don't know what do? Think you need special equipment for all sorts of crazy sports? No - just a solid pair of sneakers or cross training shoes - and hit the trail!
There's a jewel near the Nassau/Suffolk line in Cold Spring Harbor (http://nysparks.com/parks/115/maps.aspx). At the head of the Greenbelt that runs from the Long Island Sound, across the Island down to the Ocean, lies a very challenging hiking trail that could just be the perfect workout. If you look at the trail map (http://nysparks.com/parks/attachments/ColdSpringHarborTrailMap.pdf) you'll see all of the topography changes - a built in interval program! There's close to 1000 vertical feet of climbing in about 2 miles, and you're in the woods. Yeah, it gets steep, so if you aren't very stable or not in any kind of shape, you better go slow, and you probably want to bring a walking stick or two. If you are in shape, you can go faster and find plenty of challenge. Depending on my intensity, I've done it anywhere from 34 minutes (I think - not sure, but it was a killer at that speed) up to one hour with the kids.
I urge you to check it out - there's parking right there, but if it's a nice day and you go early, it'll be crowded. Still - you will know that you worked out, regardless of how hard you go!
Bruce L. Feldman, MD
Dr Bruce is an advocate for health. You need to be your own health advocate. His blog offers his opinions and insights on numerous topics he believes might be of interest. Hope you agree!