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Resident Wellness

Physical Fitness

Next time your friends invite you to a FitBit steps challenge, or your attending demands you run up 7 flights of stairs to a coding patient, show them your fitness by practicing with some suggestions below.

Fitness & Health Clubs

LA Fitness
237 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103

Rutgers Newark Golden Dome Gym
42 Warren Street Newark, NJ 07102

Hackensack Gym and Wellness Center
87 NJ Route 17 Maywood, NJ 07607


Outdoor Events

  • Trail Hiking
    • South Mountain Reservation: located a mere 10 minutes from the VA and right down South Orange Avenue, provides multiple hiking trails, two dog parks, and a gorgeous view of the Manhattan skyline.
    • Bear Mountain State Park: a short ride up Palisades Parkway in to New York State will provide steep terrain and a view for the perfect Instagram selfie.
  • Biking
    • Whether road racing is your thing or mountain biking, New Jersey provides prime scenery for a ride with friends. Bike along the Hudson River in Liberty State Park through Jersey City, or if you're feeling adventurous, make the short trek to Manhattan and rent a Citi bike to explore the Big Apple. Click here to find some popular cycling routes in New Jersey.
  • Tough Mudder
    • At Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ you can run through fire and jump over puddles of mud…for fun! Every year a group of talented young men and women complete this grueling obstacle course.
    • Beast the Spartan Race at the Mountain Creek Resort this Spring/Fall as you tackle some 30 obstacles over a 12 mile race course.


  • Soccer
    • Join the ZogSports outdoor soccer league in Hoboken, or if you aren't feeling up to that chilly challenge this winter, join one of their many indoor leagues in Jersey City or Montclair. More information can be found by clicking here.
  • Basketball
    • Recruit your medical students and take advantage of the brand new floors in the NJMS gymnasium for a game of pickup basketball after work.
  • Hockey
    • Join the NJMS ice hockey community and play for the Medwings! Foster the medicine vs dental rivalry at practice games and the annual charity game at the Prudential Center (you might even meet some of the NJ Devils!)
  • Kickboxing at CKO
    • What better way to relieve your work related frustration than by punching and kicking things that won't fight back? Join a local CKO for one of the best workouts you've ever had

Running Group
Running around the hospital or running in your first 5k, we just can't get enough! A few of our residents are avid marathon runners and would love to share their peace with you. If you're looking to run in your first road race, some races close by are the annual Cherry Blossom 10k (beautiful and flat) or the Newport Half Marathon through Liberty State Park. If 26.2 miles isn't in your future, there are plenty of iPhone apps to motivate you! Nike+ RunClub, MapMyRun, and Couch to 5k just to name a few.