Best tips to staying active all winter long

As we make our way through November and into the winter months, it’s no surprise that getting outside becomes more challenging. Between the shorter days and cooler temperatures, winter weather often makes you want to avoid that trip into the cold altogether. But at the end of the day, we all have places to be, so we’re here to help you get to where you need to be, as quickly and safely as possible.

Our team has you covered with the best tips and tricks for staying warm and active all winter long.

Light It Up 

This tip is essential! With daylight savings in full swing, walking or biking outside after the sun goes down can be a safety hazard without proper visibility. Make yourself visible to vehicles and other pedestrians by adding lights or reflectors to your bike, person, or dog if you have a four-legged friend. 

Plan Ahead

Finding your best running, walking, or biking route ahead of time is helpful, especially when it’s dark out. Luckily, there are plenty of apps that can help you do this. Under Armour’s MapMyRunMapMyWalk, and MapMyRide apps are great whether you are mapping your everyday commute to work or discovering a new route for your next leisurely bike ride. 

Stay Hydrated 

Plenty of water/fluids is just as important in cold weather as in the heat. Be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your workout. Dehydration happens quickly in the winter from sweating and the drying power of the stronger winds. Don’t forget your water! 

Layer It On 

Wonder why your hands, feet, head, and ears get so cold in the winter? When your body gets cold, blood flow concentrates at your body’s core, leaving your extremities vulnerable to feeling cold. Depending on the temperatures, be sure to grab a hat, gloves, scarf, and thick socks before you head outdoors. Here are some recommended items for those outdoor adventures this season. 

We hope these tips help you stay warm, safe, and active this winter! If you have any questions or need help planning your best walking or biking route around Tysons, be sure to reach out to the Go West Alex team at Info@gowestalex.com.

5 Ways Walking Benefits Your Wellbeing

Happy October, also known as Walktober! October is a great time to begin walking more – between the crisp fall air and colorful foliage, you can’t go wrong no matter where you choose to walk.

Here’s why getting outside and walking should be at the top of your to-list:

1.         Contributes to good health

Need we say more? As Steven Adler puts it, you can have all the riches and success in the world, but if you don’t have your health, you have nothing.

Commit to getting outside for just 20 minutes a day. Whether that be a round-trip walk to work, riding your bike to the store, or taking a walk during your lunch break. Make your walk work for you, and do what you can with the time you have. Just be sure to dedicate a window of time every day to getting outside. Your body will thank you!

2.         Restores your mental energy

Brain fog and fatigue can easily creep in by lunchtime, causing your productivity to suffer. Can you relate to the afternoon slump? According to the Journal of Environmental Psychology, one thing that can help boost your mind is exposing your body to stimulating environments – aka the great outdoors.

3.         Helps to relieve stress and anxiety

Many studies show that even just 20 minutes per day spent outside can lower stress hormone levels, boost morale, and improve your mood.

4.         Switches your mindset from “doing” to “being”

The difference between “doing” and “being” may not sound monumental, but the distinction is an important one to remember.  Getting outside and going on a walk or bike ride switches your mindset from “doing” to simply being present and enjoying the sunshine, fresh air, and experiences of being outside that you can’t get sitting on the sofa.

5.         Enhances creativity

Struggling with writer’s block? Can’t seem to get started on that new project? You may want to start by putting your computer aside and opt for some outdoor time. Many studies have shown that a dose of fresh air can work wonders for pulling out your inner creativity.

As you enjoy Walktober outside, our team can’t wait to see you in the community enjoying fresh fall air and sunshine. If you need help planning your best walking, biking, or the best route to work or around your community, be sure to reach out to the Go West Alex team at Info@GoWestAlex.com.