Too Busy to Work Out?
5 Simple Ways To Stay Active
Reduce TV time. It can be tempting to plop down in front of the television after a long day at work or after dinner, but you can also use this time to be active. Get the family together for a walk around the neighborhood, take a few minutes to dance to some of your favorite tunes, or do some light cleaning around the house. Put a spin on date night. Forget dinner and a movie. Instead, try taking your date out for a round of miniature golf, indoor rock climbing, an evening stroll, a bike ride, or dancing. You’ll have more fun while doing your body good. Grab a leash. Having a dog gives you plenty of opportunities to stay active. If you don’t have a dog, try asking a neighbor or friend if they would like their dog walked, start a dog-walking service, or volunteer at a local animal shelter. There are plenty of ways to make staying active a part of your daily routine! With enough creativity and motivation, you can turn any activity into an active one.
Being active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym every single day. An active lifestyle can be as simple as going for a walk
around the neighborhood for a few minutes a day. There are plenty of ways to exercise during daily activities like shopping, spending time with your kids, or hanging around the house. Park farther away. A lot of people will spend several minutes trying to find a parking space as close as they can to the entrance of a store. However, parking a little farther away will help you score a better parking space and make sure you get your steps in for the day. Do some yoga. You don’t have to push yourself to your absolute limit in order to stay active. There are other, gentler ways to exercise than running 5 miles a day. Tai chi or yoga are excellent low-impact alternatives to keep your body fit and healthy.
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Twin Falls Trail Generally accessible year-round, the
There’s nothing quite like an autumn hike to take in the fall colors and cool, crisp air. It’s the perfect way to feel refreshed and revitalized.
Twin Falls Trail in Olallie State Park (due east of Burien) is a great way to immerse yourself in nature without traveling too far from home. The
The great thing about the Seattle area is there is no shortage of hiking opportunities. It’s so easy to take an afternoon or a day to explore nearby trails. Plus, many of our local trails are accessible for those of most ages and abilities. Here are three great options. Washington Park Arboretum This one is much closer to home and makes for a great morning or afternoon “hike.” It’s a great destination for anyone who doesn’t want to stray too far but still wants to get out and get moving. The arboretum even provides visitors with information on fall hikes so you can get the most out of your adventure. Plus, the Seattle Japanese Garden is often an extraordinary burst of color in the fall — especially if you time it just right! Skyline Trail Loop Located in Mt. Rainier National Park, the trail is about 5.4 miles, but the loop is a relatively straightforward hike on a maintained trail that is suitable for all ages (though there are some inclines to be mindful of). The best part about the Skyline hike is the view. It takes you close to Mt. Rainier — but not too close — so you can enjoy the grand mountain and all of its surroundings, including a waterfall, unimpeded. The trail begins near Paradise Inn.
2-mile trail winds through a diverse forest full of maples, conifers, and so much more. It’s another trail that is also suitable for all ages. And as the name suggests, there are two waterfalls
along the path. More-experienced hikers can head to the Olallie Trail, a 20-mile trail, which offers an exceptional backcountry experience.
With any hike, it’s important to be prepared. Always pay close attention to the weather and plan accordingly — and check for potential closures. Make sure you have all the gear you need before heading out, from water to snacks and a first-aid kit.
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