Saturday, February 17, 2018
Health

Incorporating walks in travel plans helps fitness, exploration

By LORRIE LYKINS

Times Correspondent

Purchasing a gym membership doesn't factor into my goals for 2014, but the agenda does call for moving more and making better choices.

Some people find that travel gets their resolutions off track. I've found the opposite. Making walking part of the itinerary not only helps me keep up with my fitness goals, but it also means I'm really seeing the sights — while connecting with my family.

One of my favorite destinations for strolling and urban hiking is New York. Walks through Central Park and along the Battery Park City Esplanade are wonderful in any season, but I recently tried two new walks during a family trip to the Big Apple that are now on my can't-miss list.

• The High Line is a glorious 1-mile elevated, pedestrian-only (no bikes, skates or skateboards) trail constructed on what was once the New York Central Railroad. The repurposed railroad line opened in 2009 and provides stunning perspectives on the architecture of lower west Manhattan as it winds above the Meatpacking District and Chelsea. The High Line is a true green space, alive with a plethora of plant life and creative surprises along the way. One example: the Urban Theater, which is what the name suggests — stadium-seating benches allow walkers to pause and watch crisscrossing traffic at the intersection of 17th Street and 10th Avenue through a huge glass window. After an afternoon of nibbling our way through the epicurean delights of the Chelsea Market, my husband and daughter and I found the High Line to be a memorable way to burn off the carbs.

• Walking across the historic Brooklyn Bridge has long been on my to-do list, and it was great fun to do as a family. The bridge soars over the East River, offering a spectacular view of the city's skyline and harbor. Walkers need to be sure to stay in the designated pedestrian areas — the promenade level is alive with runners, walkers and cyclists, and wandering into the bike lane can be disastrous. The pedestrian walkway is accessible from either the Manhattan or the Brooklyn side. If you want to start in Brooklyn, take the 4, 5, 6, J or Z trains to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall stop and follow the signs.

My daughter, Kristen, 20, has lived in New York for six months, so our family walks allow her to show us places she's found, and we also make discoveries as a family.

Walking facilitates a lot of talking, and I believe that we have more relaxed and meaningful conversations as we stroll than we would sitting around a table at a restaurant. Our daughter can talk one-on-one with her dad for a bit while I hang back and take photos, then the three of us can regroup and chat, and then maybe she and I will have some alone time as we walk ahead of her dad for a while.

We've always been walkers; one of our favorite vacation spots is the Great Smoky Mountains. But urban hiking may offer a new view of places you only thought you knew. Plan ahead by looking online for public pedestrian trails. Even if the city is familiar to you, all of the possibilities for wonderful walks may not be.

Lorrie Lykins writes the Ask Dr. Delay column in the Times' Pinellas County regional editions.

Comments
Be prepared to help save a life: Learn CPR

Be prepared to help save a life: Learn CPR

70 percent of cardiac arrests outside hospitals happen at home. American Heart Association 3 a.m. Jan. 4, 2016. Lisa Peters of St. Petersburg is awakened by her husband, Rick, making strange gasping sounds. She can’t wake him. He feels cold. Only 46...
Published: 02/16/18

Step by step, ramp up your daily activity

Jae Bermanhe Washington Post There are many reasons that people avoid exercise. Time is an obvious one. Our lives are already busy — who has time to work out? Money is another common excuse. Gym memberships and equipment can get pricey.People often w...
Published: 02/16/18
Put Alaskan king crab leg shells to work in a creamy, dreamy bisque

Put Alaskan king crab leg shells to work in a creamy, dreamy bisque

Nothing says indulgence like noshing on some seriously giant Alaskan king crab legs. They’re not just tasty, they’re a low-fat source of protein: One leg has about 25 grams of protein and a host of vitamins and minerals (including sodium, incidentall...
Published: 02/15/18
Avocado toast gets a persimmon twist

Avocado toast gets a persimmon twist

You’ve likely seen persimmon in the grocery store and then shied away from it, not quite sure what to do with it. The most common variety in the United States is the fuyu persimmon, also called Japanese persimmon, and it looks similar to a slightly f...
Published: 02/15/18
News co-anchor Dan Harris delves into meditation, and why being distracted is ‘a victory’

News co-anchor Dan Harris delves into meditation, and why being distracted is ‘a victory’

Emma Seppalahe Washington PostDan Harris is co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. His first book, 10% Happier, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. He later launched the 10% Happier podcast and an app called...
Published: 02/15/18

Mayo Clinic Q&A: exercise stress tests; breast self-awareness versus self-exams

DON’T SWEAT THE EXERCISE STRESS TESTI have a treadmill stress test scheduled to look for heart disease. I know this involves exercising, and I’m worried that I’m not physically up to it. Is there another way to gather this information?Yes. There’s an...
Published: 02/15/18
Gay doctor takes a drug to prevent HIV. Then he couldn’t get disability insurance

Gay doctor takes a drug to prevent HIV. Then he couldn’t get disability insurance

Three years ago, Dr. Philip J. Cheng, a urology resident at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, nicked himself while preparing an HIV-positive patient for surgery.Following hospital protocol, he took a one-month course of Truvada, a cocktail of t...
Published: 02/15/18
Doctor removes worm from Tampa man’s eye. ‘Luckily we caught it just in time’

Doctor removes worm from Tampa man’s eye. ‘Luckily we caught it just in time’

TAMPA — Nothing seemed wrong or out of place when it was time for Sam Cordero to make an appointment for a routine eye exam.The 57-year-old man from Tampa occasionally saw a few bright or foggy spots in his left eye, but thought it was just "floaters...
Published: 02/14/18
Updated: 02/15/18
A couple calls to ask, ‘Hey, can we donate our kidneys?’ The stranger who got one is in awe

A couple calls to ask, ‘Hey, can we donate our kidneys?’ The stranger who got one is in awe

LARGO — Keshava Persaud entered the room inside Largo Medical Center, his wife at his side. His eyes went right to the couple across the room. They looked so young, he thought. Tears welled as he handed the woman, April Scott, 49, potted white silk f...
Published: 02/14/18
Bayfront Health system gets new leader

Bayfront Health system gets new leader

Bayfront Health has hired a new executive position to oversee the six regional hospitals it operates along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Joseph Mullany has been appointed regional president and chief executive officer of Bayfront Health, and will overse...
Published: 02/13/18