No matter how committed you are to your exercise routine, doing the same thing all the time can get rather boring. As the spring weather settles in, it’s a great time to shake things up a bit. Perhaps you’d like to try a new form of exercise. Local county parks and recreation departments offer a variety of beginner classes in kayaking, dance, aerobics, yoga and more. And if you’re still in love with your favorite kind of exercise, maybe you could use a change in scenery?
Walking, running and cycling can all take on new life when you change up your location. You can get lost in the new scenery, making your exercise time fly by twice as fast! Try some of these local Prince William County spots to add a little variety to your routine.
Local Spots for Outdoor Exercise
Mountain biking is an exciting form of exercise, and, if you’re adventurous enough to love this sport, I’m betting you’d love to check out new trails. Here are a few spots nearby:
This beginner trail is about five miles long and offers a rock garden and the occasional log for those seeking a little lift. Strap the bikes on the rack and head over to Gainesville for some easy fun.
This 7-mile beginner double track surrounds the neighborhood of The Villages of Piedmont. Grab a friend and head out for an hour ride in Haymarket.
Walking, Running and Hiking Trail
New places to walk, run and hike always create motivation for me to get out and move. Give a few of these spots a try:
Soak in gorgeous views of the Occoquan River while you explore the nature trails of this beautiful park. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could take a spin on a paddle boat or kayak. They are available to rent on site.
Locust Shade, located next to the Marine Corps Heritage Museum, offers a variety of options for exercise. Check out the 15-station fitness trail or the beautiful 3.2 miles of fitness trails. You’ll also find tennis and volleyball courts if you’re looking for extra variety.
The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail is an 800-mile network of trails along the Potomac River from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay to the upper Ohio River basin in Pennsylvania. Within Prince William County, the trail is planned to link several parks, communities and other destinations including the historic towns of Occoquan and Dumfries, Occoquan Bay and Featherstone National Wildlife Refuges, Julie Metz Wetlands, Leesylvania State Park, Prince William Forest Park and the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Visit the website to check on progress so you can be one of the first to explore!
We’re lucky to live in an area with such extensive park services. Get out and connect with nature this spring for an added boost to your exercise routine, and enjoy mixing things up! And if you could use some help with nutrition, as well, contact me! Together we can create your best self.
A nurse for more than 25 years, Karen David is a Certified Wellness Coach, Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and board certified Focused Awareness Meditation Specialist. She brings her passion for well living and calm presence to empower others in health and wellness. Karen is CEO of Live Life Well, LLC.
This article is for informational purposes only. Practices, services or products described are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please speak with a doctor before beginning any new health regimen.