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THREE CREATIVE PLACES TO EXPERIENCE WELLNESS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN NEW YORK

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Photo Credit: Monica Zaldivar

It is important for one’s overall health to engage in a variety of movements regularly. In addition to traditional exercises, there are many fun and unique ways to experience art through movement. Have you ever wanted to dance through a museum, or take a bicycle ride through a field full of sculptures? Here are three creative places to stay active in the beautiful state of New York.

1. GENTLE ACTIVITY AT STORM KING ART CENTER

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Photo Credit: Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center is a 500 acre sculpture park located in the lower Hudson Valley, just one hour north of New York City. There are different ways to enjoy the grounds: you can walk, ride a bike, or stretch! Walking is a great form of exercise. It increases blood flow and circulation, and it reduces stress. If you get tired of walking or have a limited amount of time, you can rent a bike. Bicycling is easy on your joints and good for your heart and muscles. It is the most efficient way to see more of the grounds and it’s a fun workout! Storm King also offers outdoor yoga classes every Saturday through September. Stretching increases strength and flexibility. Pack a healthy lunch and enjoy a picnic on the grounds after class.

2. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART'S "MUSEUM WORKOUT"

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Photo credit: Mallory Lynn. "The Museum Workout". Created by Monica Bill Barnes & Company in collaboration with Maira Kalman. L-R: Robert Saenz de Viteri, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering a “Museum Workout” once a week for a limited time. This event combines movement, dance, and performance into a tour of the museum that will raise your heartbeat. Choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, the Museum Workout provides participants with a fun new way to experience the museum.

3. MUSEUM OF MODERN ART'S "QUIET MORNINGS"

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Photo Credit: Leeta Harding via @themuseumofmodernart

The Museum of Modern Art offers “Quiet Mornings” on the first Wednesday of every month. Attendees are encouraged to step away from their fast-paced lives, silence their phones, clear their heads, and look at each piece of artwork slowly. MOMA also offers guided meditation sessions from 8:30 - 9 AM on these days. Meditation is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. These Quiet Mornings provide an opportunity to restore your mind and view the art without distractions. What a great way to gain some mid-week inspiration!

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