Fit for the Season: Healthy Holiday Activities for Coastal Virginians

The holidays are a time when it’s easy to forgo fitness in favor of overeating, cuddling under the blankets and other cozy alternatives. However, Hampton Roads has tons of fabulous fitness options that’ll keep you moving throughout this frigid time of year. Here are a few!

  1. Warm up by running a Turkey Trot. Being outside in the frigid weather probably doesn’t appeal to most of us, but you can enjoy the beautiful Coastal Virginia outdoors comfortably if you work up a sweat. Bundle up in your cold running gear and get moving! Running provides tons of health benefits, including increasing your lung function, boosting your immune system and strengthening your heart.

Sign up for a Coastal Virginia run:

Thanksgiving Day Trot for Tots 5K, Thursday, Nov. 27, 8:30 a.m.

Mariner’s Museum Park, Newport News:

Family-friendly 5K benefiting Salvation Army Angel Tree Program


Tidewater Striders Turkey Trot 10K & 1-Mile, Thursday, Nov. 27, 8:15 a.m.

Mt. Trashmore YMCA, Virginia Beach:

Family-oriented 10K and 1-Mile Race with start and finish at Mt. Trashmore

  1. Practice your ice skating skills at a local rink. Nothing gets you in the spirit of the season quite like lacing up some skates and enjoying a few magical hours on the ice. Not only is it a fun date night or family-friendly activity, but ice skating is also great exercise. It helps improve balance and coordination by strengthening small stabilizer muscles in your knees and ankles, tones muscles in your legs and butt and burns a good amount of calories.

Places to check out for ice skating this season:

Macarthur on Ice, Macarthur Center, Norfolk (Seasonal, Nov. 22–Jan. 19)

Hampton Roads IcePlex, Yorktown

Chilled Ponds, Chesapeake

Oceanfront Ice Park at Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach

  1. Take a dance class. Step out of the cold and into your dancing shoes this season! If you’ve never taken a dance class before, Coastal Virginia is the perfect place to get introduced. There are myriad great studios for learning the basics and lots of options for single folks as well as couples. There’s no denying the health benefits of dance—it’s a total body workout that does everything from burning calories to toning major muscle groups, strengthening bones and even improving memory and cognitive function.

Studios for getting your dance on in Coastal Virginia:

Mambo Room Latin Dance Studio, Norfolk:

Classes for all skill levels in Salsa, Bachata and other Latin styles, as well as fitness dance, including Zumba, MixxedFit and Jazzercise


Northampton Dance Studios, Newport News:

No-skill necessary classes in Afro-Caribbean Styles, Adult Ballet, Tap Cardio, Contemporary/Moern, Hip Hop/Jazz Funk


DanceSport VA, Virginia Beach

Private lessons, group classes and social dance parties in all styles of Ballroom and Latin dance

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Chelsea Sherman is a writer/communication guru living in Virginia Beach. She currently serves as the copywriter for PSIGEN Software. She is also a health blogger and freelance writer for Coastal Virginia Magazine and the volunteer Communication Manager for the nonprofit All We Are. She loves Jesus, spending time with her daughter and her husband, working out, eating bacon and Netflix binging.




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