Now that we're safely into September, I can reflect on all the amazing summer activities I was able to do and start planning my upcoming fall fun. I can't begin to imagine the amount of calories I burned fighting the waves at Jones Beach during high tide, or attempting handstands on uneven sand or rock climbing under the Brooklyn Bridge at Dumbo Boulders. My point is this: There are plenty of ways to burn off the extra calories in those sweet summer cocktails. And as you start to hunker down for sugary spiked cider and apple pie this fall, don't forget to brainstorm cool ways to offset that caloric damage. Hiking through the colorful woods of upstate New York or Vermont is one of my favorite fat burners. A late summer rafting trip along the Hudson is a dynamite full body workout and lots of fun. Take your rock climbing game indoors with some high up routes to build your upper body endurance. That kind of routine workout will get your arm muscles peeking out of any close fitting long sleeve T's.
Here are a couple upside down relics from my summer outdoors: One was snapped in front of the Flatiron Building and featured in Well+Good. The other was taken in Newport, Rhode Island inside of a cave on the historic Cliff Walk which naturally became a Cliff Run!