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Taking Advantage of Outdoor Exercise in Virginia

May 8, 2020

Written By Lauren Stinner, Marketing Intern

With Summer approaching, the state of Virginia offers many opportunities for residents and visitors to participate in—whether its hikes on the Blue Ridge Parkway, running and biking on trails, or yoga in the park. Here are a few reasons why you should take advantage of outdoor exercise in Virginia:

There is something to do in all four seasons.

Living in Virginia means the ever-so-changing, yet beautiful seasons. The warmth of the summer sun, crisp fall air, cold and refreshing winter, and blooming spring means that you can cater your outdoor exercise to whatever the weather allows, while taking in the glory of God’s creation.

Adventure to find the best views.

Virginia is no stranger to incredible drives and mountain-top outlooks. Whether it’s the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, or Natural Bridge, you won’t be disappointed with what you find. Use the natural beauty of what God has made to move your body!

There are endless hiking spots.

    Along with the views come some pretty popular hiking trails. Devil’s Marble Yard, Sharp Top, and Cole Mountain–just to name a few–are great hikes for any time of year. Hiking is a great way to exercise because you get to explore nature while you do it!

    Fresh air is good for you.

      Especially while we are primarily spending our time indoors, getting outside can actually be beneficial for your health. Some of the best days in Virginia are the ones where you can either crack open your window and let a nice breeze in or actually get out and enjoy some fresh air.

      Nature is free!

      Exercising outdoors is FREE! You get to choose where you want to go and what type of exercise you want to do. Running, hiking, swimming, biking, and yoga are just a few ways you can get your body moving outside. Whether it’s your front yard, a park, or even the beach, the possibilities of what you can do are endless.

      The outdoors aid your mental health.

      This could very possibly be the greatest advantage to exercising outdoors. Getting outside can actually increase the good endorphins in our brains, which aid in us feeling happy–especially in the summertime.. Any time spent outside is beneficial in our overall mental state as we are reminded by God’s creation of his beauty and power.

      Increase your Vitamin D.

      Our bodies need Vitamin D to increase your immune system.. Did you know that the only other way to get Vitamin D other than taking supplements is direct sunlight? Spending extended amounts of time in the sun, with some sort of SPF of course, can give you a full dose of Vitamin D in one day.

      Whatever activity you choose, Virginia will not disappoint. Have fun and stay hydrated!