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If your doctor recommends daily exercise, try new things. If you are feeling adventurous, you should try hiking. Hiking is a great form of exercise because the fresh air enables you to think clearly, and to be stress free; which is not only good for your physical health, but it is also good for your mental health.

In Manassas, there is different hiking trails that you can explore. The nearest trails around here are the Bull Run Occoquan Trail, the Bull Run Mountains, and the Manassas National Battlefield Park. The Occoquan Trail has a beautiful sight of the Occoquan River and it is 7.8 miles long. You can find a nice 5 mile trail at The Bull Run Mountains, and there is a run down historic that is a must see. The last trial, at the Manassas BattleField Park is a 8.6 mile trail that has a stone house and canyons spread around the park. All of these hiking trails are beautiful historic sites that you should checkout.

Although Hiking is great, you should also keep in mind that your feet need to be protected from the uneven terrain to prevent injuring your foot. To prevent injury consider getting hiking shoes or at least a shoe with a thick sole, and remember if you ever have a foot injury come to Bull Run Foot and Ankle Clinic to get treated.

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Contributing Writer: Carmen Thorpe

Now that we have officially crossed over from winter to spring it is time to get out of the house and go outside for some much needed fresh spring air. What better way to accomplish this task –and help out a cause– then to run/walk in a race? Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like to run alongside a super hero? You don’t have to wonder anymore! You can sign up for one of these great races listed below. Some of them are super hero themed and some are more focused on just getting you up and active. Whichever you choose to run or walk in will surely be a good time!  So take a look at the sites and click on the video link to see all the fun that is to be had this April and May of 2015.

A great opportunity to race comes from Crystal City; which has an event for the month of April called the Crystal City 5k Fridays and is sponsored by Pacers. You could run in all 4 races or pick the friday that works best for you, there is a race on April 3,10,17,and 24th. You can find out how to get involved with this race for this friday or the next by clicking here to gain more info on this Crystal City fun!

A 5k & Fun Run is happening in our nation’s capital on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Hains Point DC. This event promotes the idea of being a “Hero for Youth in DC’s Foster Care”, that is, it is a celebration of the everyday heroes who make a positive impact in the lives of the youth in the DC’s foster care system.  What a great reason to come out and race along side those heroes –in super hero costumes of course (not required but welcomed)!  Click here to find out more on how you can get involved and make an impact in young lives.  Also, check out this video on the race to see just how fun it will be!

Osbourn Highschool Manassas City is having a  Soaring Eagle 5k /1mile fun walk on April 18th.  The goal of this event is to raise funds for the athlete scholarship programs. They will be welcoming runners, their families, and friends to their Fifth Annual Soaring Eagle 5K Run. This event is sponsored by the OHS Athletic Boosters and will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Osbourn High School located at 9005 Tudor Lane, Manassas, VA 20110. Race day registration is available from 7-730a for $35. Students under 18 can register for the race anytime for $15. Please register online before the event.

Another awesome race is taking place in Loudoun County, promoting a SuperHero 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run. This race takes place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 beginning at 8 a.m. This event is also superheroes themed and though it is not required to wear a mask or costume it is more fun to do so. What’s cooler than to be dressed up as a superhero and fight for what you believe in? Absolutely nothing. This is a great event that invokes the superhero in us all; we may not be fighting crime, but we are fighting for a good cause and kicking those “winter blues” away! Click here to find out how you can get involved in this race, make donations, and participate as a sponsor or superhero! 

The Manassas Runway 10k is happening on Sunday, April 26th The event is promoted by the Bull Run and Manassas Rotary Clubs.  Participating in this Manassas City race will be a great way to launch you into the spirit of spring!  Click here to find out more on how to join in on this event either as a sponsor or as a runner.

Bodies in Motion 5k/10k  is happening on Sunday, May 17th  in Warrenton, Va. All race proceeds benefit the community by way of the Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Foundation. SFMC Inc. is one of the great sponsors of this event and with the help of such businesses, more than 25 non-profit organizations have received $55,000 from race proceeds since it’s inception 4 years ago. Click here to find out more on how you can get involved in this great opportunity!

We know that you are excited to lace up and race now, but here are some key things to remember when you are out there: make sure that your shoes have the proper support for your feet and your ankles (very important), stay hydrated, and have fun!

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Keep on moving, winter is coming.  Outdoor fun things to do are plentiful this time of year.  Staying active will help your health.

5 fun ways to stay active in autumn

 

1. Dust off the rake and start a leaf pile.

When the pile is huge, jump!  If you have no leaves at home and just want to play around, go to a park and bring your rake.  Roll in them, throw them, bury yourself in them — you will feel like a kid again.  And if you have kids, let them cover you in the multi-colored foliage, it will be a blast.

2. Start a fall nature collection.

Acorns, twigs, walnuts, pine cones and leaves are just a few textured items to collect on a fall walk.  A pond edge speckled with maples, oak and willow leaf shapes is a perfect place to add items to your collection. Press them in a thick book to save as a treasure.

3. Visit a petting farm.

Not only will the hungry ducks surround you for a treat, the small farm animals will love the attention.  Pull the kids in a wagon for an extra workout.

4. Hike to a pumpkin patch.

The best choice of jack-o-lanterns are found in a farm field. Wear sturdy shoes and follow a path to the display in the hay.  The bigger, the heavier, so lift with your legs, not your back.  Grab a tractor hay ride on the way back for relaxing fun.

5. Carve your pumpkin.

Check out some cool carvings online and make your pumpkin a masterpiece.  Or let the kids draw their own unique face on their pumpkin, but save the cutting to the adults.  Carry them to your front step and take a stroll through your neighborhood to compare and enjoy the Halloween happenings.

Share your favorite autumn activity — or how about your favorite pumpkin design?

Vacations are over! Back to school! Looking back at a whirlwind summer of fun, activities and shared experiences with family and friends. Staying healthy with swimming, hiking, crabbing, golfing, fishing and laughing with each other is the best way to spend the summer!

Fall season is right around the corner! What was your favorite summer fling?

Summer Farewell Follies

The City of Manassas Park is rich in history and community spirit.  Landmark sites include the foundations of Camp Carondelet, the Conner House (Yellow House), Signal Hill, the Union Mill Trestle and the Georgia Cemetery.  Tourists and locals appreciate these historical spots dotted throughout the “Park”.

Tucked behind Costello Park is a grand place that families can enjoy for fitness, education and gatherings.  The 80,000-sq.-ft. City of Manassas Park Community Center, opened in 2010, offers over 1,000 classes, camps and programs to city and area residents annually.

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If you live in Northern Virginia, there is history, trails and wildlife scattered throughout the area.  For a $5.00 fee, the Prince William Forest Park is worth a day visit to just jump on bikes, pack a lunch and take in the sights and sounds of life in the wild.  It even has camping available for a night of roughing it.

If you decide to take a day trip, here are a few tips to make it worthwhile:

If you have visited Prince William Forest, do you have any tips or images you can share?

 

 

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The winter can be brutal for active people — and their pets.  Grab any opportunity to take a hike and get some sunshine.  The Manassas Battlefield provides fields, paths, bridges, and streams with remnants of the Civil War scattered along the trails. Be prepared for uneven terrain that can be hazardous without correct footwear.  Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are a necessity.

Podiatry Management, Feb. 2014 reported that Podiatrists recommend New Balance Athletic Footwear the most.  However, choosing a shoe requires a visit to a store or prescribing facility that will provide footwear that is specific for you and feels comfortable.

So grab your dog’s leash and enjoy the fresh air.  Staying active is important for a healthy life!  Where do you like to hike?


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