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Yep, that’s right – and I didn’t even have any workout clothes on.

Williamsburg Bridge | New York City

As some of you may know – I’ve been making small but smart lifestyle changes to keep me healthier and happier. (READ: 5 Tips To Becoming A Healthier, Happier You) With the help of the Jawbone UP MOVE & Smart Coach, I’ve been able to track the number of steps, set goals and get closer to my happy place. I spent the day crossing off one of the items on my bucket list for New York City – walking the Williamsburg Bridge for the very first time.

My day started over on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Hop off the L train and you’re surrounded with awesome bars, cafes, groceries and restaurants.

Bedford Avenue | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

But we decided to visit one of my favorite spots in the area – Juice Generation.

Juice Generation | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Mmm, smoothies.

Juice Generation | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I got the “Green Guardian” smoothie – spinach, swiss chard, avocado, strawberries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds and almond milk. It’s only 175 calories with 6 grams of protein.

Summer means smoothies

A ten-minute walk later, we hopped on the Williamsburg Bridge, and the walkway is lined with the prettiest shade of pink.

Williamsburg Bridge | New York City

There’s a personality about this place that makes it so different than the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s like the stepsister that constantly gets out-shined by the older sister. But there’s a charm – a little grittier but charming nonetheless.

Williamsburg Bridge | NYC

Wearing the Jawbone UP MOVE fitness tracker and a white NBD dress.

Jawbone UP Move | Grease and Glamour

The best part about this bridge is that it’s not super busy. If you want to go on a run, indulge in an awesome view of the East River, or ride your bike into Manhattan, this is the almost empty, peaceful path to take. When you get off the Williamsburg bridge, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the Lower East Side.

Williamsburg Bridge, New York City

From here, you’ll be surrounded by more awesome boutiques, coffeeshops, bookstores and restaurants. But I was looking for something else.

Lower East Side, NYC

Yeah, yeah – I went there. One of the cutest bakeries in the LES is Sugar Sweet Sunshine – and I couldn’t help myself when I walked past it, so I went right in and got a Strawberry Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

Sugar Sweet Sunshine | NYCSugar Sweet Sunshine | NYC

It’s so important to find balance in your life, so you shouldn’t feel guilty about treating yourself every once in a while – especially if you’re being active. The walk over the bridge was scenic AND peaceful, but it was ALSO an easy way to be more active.

Sugar Sweet Sunshine | NYC

While I was on the Williamsburg Bridge, I got a notification on my iPhone from the UP app asking if I was exercising. The Jawbone UP MOVE bracelet knew that I was being active (at least more active than I usually am), and sent me a notification directly through my phone. When I got back home, I checked the UP app to check my progress for the day. 5.4 miles, baby, over 12,000 steps and 1,600 calories burned.

Jawbone UP Move App

And that, my friends, is how I burned 1,600 calories without even trying.

 

What are some of the ways that you try to be more active? I’m not at the place where I can CROSSFIT yet, so I’m looking for more ideas to be healthier in a smarter way. Leave your suggestions + comments below. Thank you so much for reading.

 

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With love,
Jinna