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Combining Pleasure And Well-Being For Your 'Staycation'

NEW YORK (WLNY) -- The city is full of great things to do on the weekends, but having fun while staying healthy can pose a challenge.

Wellness expert Linden Schaffer stopped by The Couch to share some fun and creative ways to enjoy a New York City weekend while keeping healthy.

Schaffer suggests some must-see spots for an enjoyable Saturday.

The NYC bike share program just launched and it's the perfect way to see the city while you get some exercise. Download the smartphone app for information on bike stations and availability. If you can't travel with a helmet, then I suggest sticking to the East/West side bike paths that run parallel to the highway. Remember you have 30 minutes before you have to exchange the bike for another ride, but since you're able to leave it street-side, it makes breaks for dining and museums so easy.

Walk the elevated park for a different NYC perspective. This beautifully landscaped park offers various events and art exhibits throughout the year. Start up at the 30th Street & 10th Avenue entrance and walk south. Smell the wildflowers, grab a sun chair and lounge for a bit of R&R in the concrete jungle.

Hop off the High Line at 14th Street and make your way to this indoor market. In the last 15 years this space has grown and changed, but it has consistently offered some of the best local food vendors around. Spend time browsing the market and try to pick your favorite spot for lunch. Just save room for a consistent favorite, those bite sized Fat Witch brownies.

In an effort to revitalize the Seaport in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, SmorgasBar has set up shop with a street full of food and drink vendors. Order up your meal of choice, a cold beer and sit at the picnic tables to enjoy. Stick around for the live music and the evening cinema screenings of summer blockbusters.

Schaffer shared some other great tips for Sunday.

This outdoor market has everything from antiques to vintage clothing and more. You'll spend a couple of hours wandering around looking at the goods as well as the people.

  • Brooklyn Bridge

Work off that late lunch when you grab your Citibike and head down to Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo. Take in the view, hop on the carousel for a ride and walk to the famous Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for a treat. Stroll over the bridge at sunset back into Manhattan and take in the history of this must-see landmark.

She suggests taking the East Side Ferry to Williamsburg and later, having dinner at The Fat Radish as well.

Schaffer said it is important to remember to get some rest.

"We suggest whether you're doing the city for the weekend or more, to remember to just grab your sleep too, because that's also a part of your wellness activity to be able to stay rested so you can enjoy spending days outdoors visiting all these things," she said.

For more tips on wellness and vacations visit, and for more from Schaffer, check out the video.

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