Healthy Resolutions for 2017

Go a little overboard with the food during the holidays? Who doesn’t? If you enjoyed your family time as much as we did, you’re probably also looking for some ways to get back on track this new year. Instead of just hitting the gym, we’ve gathered some fun ways to get your healthy resolutions in gear around Coastal Virginia.

Here are seven ways to get healthy this year in COVA:

Virginia Beach

At First Landing State Park – a Virginia Beach favorite – hike through seven distinct ecosystems, that are very similar to what the first settlers experienced upon sailing up to our beaches in 1607! Walk along 1.25 miles of beachfront and stop to take in the beauty of dunes and tidal marsh, or follow 19 miles of interpretive hiking trails through protected habitats, including the maritime forest community, one of the most endangered habitat types in the world. Pick a different trail within the 2,888-acre park, and you’ll encounter a different scene, from freshwater ponds and Spanish moss to stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay. Even your four-legged friend can join in on your seasonal hike – they’ll love the surroundings (and the pinecones) just as much. LEARN MORE


Celebrate the success of your healthy resolution with a sweet treat! The Great Chocolate Race 10-miler and 5K takes you through a beautiful course in historic Hampton, VA! Starting in downtown near the iconic Virginia Air & Space Center, the course offers stunning views of the Hampton River, gorgeous Victorian homes, and Historic Phoebus. After you’ve enjoyed your run, indulge in a catered chocolate post-race party! LEARN MORE


Get out and bike, walk or run this year! The Elizabeth River Trail is a 10.5 mile long biking and pedestrian urban trail that runs through Norfolk. The trail occupies a railroad right-of-way, and incorporates a sea-faring history as it follows part of Norfolk’s waterfront. On the trail you’ll bike past the beautiful Elizabeth River, Town Point Park, Plum Point Park, Fort Norfolk, the Hague, Weynoke Bird Sanctuary, Hermitage Gardens and Museum and the Lafayette River, to name a few. Norfolk has become more bike-friendly over the last year. New bike racks have popped up all over the city, and dedicated bike lanes have recently replaced vehicle lanes, including four miles of roads in historic Ghent. LEARN MORE

Franklin Southampton

Have you been cooped up for weeks? Are you ready to get out and move? Franklin Southampton is home to winding rivers waiting to be explored. Rent a kayak from Blackwater Outfitters in Courtland or bring your own to one of the many boat landings in Franklin Southampton to get some much needed fresh country air. LEARN MORE


It’s no wonder Smithfield, VA Event’s have become the hottest ticket in Coastal Virginia, regularly selling out literally within minutes! These boutique events are well-run and held at the gorgeous Windsor Castle Park in downtown Smithfield. BOB Fest takes place on Saturday, January 14 and kicks off with the Chilly Bob 8K Roadrace (optional). The 8K Chilly BOB Roadrace takes place prior to the event at 9:00 AM. The race start and finish is at the Manor House at Windsor Castle Park, so after the race you can roll right over to the party. The itself party begins at noon, is held inside two 25,000+ square foot HEATED party tents and features live entertainment, dancing, all-you-can-eat oysters, Brunswick Stew, BBQ and a Bloody Mary bar. BOB FEST TICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT. LEARN MORE


For those of us who rather start out slow with our resolutions to be more active, go for a skate with family and friends at Liberty’s Ice Pavilion, open through February 20! LEARN MORE

Newport News

With the Newport News One City Marathon right around the corner, health and wellness is on our minds. But if you’re anything like us, exercising is hard. Thankfully, we have nine tips from the experts that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep you motivated, even during the cold winter months. These will be especially helpful if you’re registering for the One City Marathon and training for the “Nautical Mile”, 8K, marathon relay, or the full blown marathon. For those participating in the One City Marathon, there are multiple training teams to keep you motivated and accountable so that you can be ready for that big day on March 12, 2017! LEARN MORE

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