September Is The National Yoga Month

If you look closely, you will witness that most yoga mats are filled by women in the East Meets West Yoga Studio in Vienna, Virginia. However, this is changing according to the studio owner Dawn Curtis. According to a recent study by Harris, while women make up more than 70% of yoga practitioners, the number of men has increased from 4 million to ten million over the last 7 years. The practitioners are trying to raise this number while celebrating this September as the National Yoga Month. Continue reading

Good places to hike and jog

This path offers trails that go into the woods
This path offers trails that go into the woods

Mt. Vernon Recenter trail

Nearby amenities are the Mt. Vernon Recenter (which has a pool, ice skating rink, gym, aerobics classes, party room, etc.), Westgrove dog park, and the Martha Washington Public Library. This trail enjoys backwoods outdoors that weave through the inside of forested woods of what is now surrounded by Bucknell, Belle View, and Marlan Forest. There is an entrance to deeper into the woods at Dartmouth Drive and Swarthmore Drive, as well as through the Recenter, near the parking lots, facing alongside the library and also inside the top of the hill of the Mt. Vernon Recenters property.

The interior of the woods along and near the Mt. Vernon Recenter trail has wildlife, such as deer, foxes, various birds, etc. The trail around the Recenter woods is paved and connects from two points, Fort Hunt Road side walks, and Quander Road side walks, which can be made into a circle by adding Belle View Boulevard into the  equation. This run can be transcendental. The nature is showcased by tall, aged trees.

Fairfax County’s Alexandria suburbs

Starting at Bucknell Manor the sidewalks are endless. A straight shot to Fort Hunt is possible, though some roads may not be as accommodating along the journey. Cutting through suburban blocks can be a pace that is weathering on the stamina. With a vision of making it through a 1-10 miles it can be eye opening to one’s knowledge of proximity of the region. For example, to know where a nearby shortcut is, can be refreshing.

To see a neighborhood after work and realize and value the wealth of Northern Virginia. For example, the well manicured lawns, the timeless architectures, the paved updated roads, the suburban landscape, and so on. Jogging into a different thoroughfare pays in exercise and appreciation to the Real Estate viewed. Fairfax County’s Alexandria suburbs are vast, and connect to businesses and amenities, amongst other things.

Richmond Highway

Not for those unwilling to do a long go through into a circuit that can connect to different tracts. The different tracts past history (in your round-trip physical activity) is useful in going around to see where you are in regards to geography. Richmond Highway has renowned marketplaces that sell from large stores, boutiques, grocers, dining establishments, and so on. Passing these by foot shows the jogger an accomplishment in completing a long run.

The stretch of commerce offered from this Highway, with sidewalks, is immense. One time I literally ran from my home to Verizon for a cable, while passing other businesses such as: Thrift Stores, Walmart, Lowe’s, Pet Smart, Michaels, TJ Maxx, Shane’s, Noodles and Company, McDonald’s, Home Depot, National Guard Recruiter, Pop Eyes, Home Goods, Marshalls, Panera, Subway, Target, Walmart again, Pizza Hut, Dunkin’ Donuts, Chinese food restuarant, Juliano’s, Planet Fitness, McDonalds again, Tobacco store, Giant, Safeway, Starbucks, Starbucks again, Subway again, bodega, bodega again, Costco, Tacos El Costalilla, Old Country Buffet, Autozone, Wells Fargo, Petco, Ford / Lincoln dealership, dealerships again, Cintron lock and safe. . . and many more. Going this way is is nice to go witness Alexandria from a different perspective.

Duke St. along City of Alexandria

It is nice to appreciate the history produced from centuries of traffic through Northern Virginia’s City of Alexandria, via Duke St. Duke St. has side walk openings and mostly safe roads for going for a run that can lead to many choices for a route. For example, Duke St. can lead to Eisenhower Valley and back. Running on Duke St. affords the opportunity to experience Old Town’s culture.

Duke Street has a side street link towards King St. Metro. Duke Street has a Whole Foods that is nice for healthy food. Running this goes towards West End. The advantage to this land is the residential luxury.

The Potomac River is next to the Mount Vernon Trail
The Potomac River is next to the Mount Vernon Trail

Old Town’s waterfront

The Potomac River is tranquil. Along the waterfront there are good views of the Potomac River and distant Maryland. Running next to the water is pleasant, due to the breezes. In Old Town there are several parks, including Founders and Oronoco that have trails that go parallel to the waterfront.

Additionally, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge offers dramatic panoramas of Real Estate in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Furthermore, Old Town’s waterfront specializes through delicious foods and drinks at many locations that can be smelled as one transitions through the tract. This passage tells of Potomac River influence upon the touching land; Captains Row and the brides dowrys. Potomac River ease in style is timeless.

Mount Vernon Trail

All the way to George Washington’s museum, home, farm, restaurant, etc, leads a treacherous run on the energy level. The Mount Vernon Trail is serene due to the George Washington Parkway. Traffic is placid and parallel to Potomac River water that is good for a boat. Real Estate around here offers easy exits which have roads that lead to inner Alexandria.

The Mount Vernon Trail run is paved. The Mount Vernon Trail is lavish in extent, grooming, consistency to life in health for someone who runs, etc. There are other activities that can be conducted on this location; fishing for bass or catfish or carp or snakeheads, etc, watching  birds such as Osprey, bald eagle, hummingbird,  nighthawk, etc, picnicing, beach bumming, taking a sailing lesson from the Belle Haven Marina, land sports.

Properties in Alexandria

Why do residents of Ballston love the Hawthorn?

The Hawthorn combines urban sophistication and modern elegance with convenient on-site amenities. The Hawthorn is located at 820 N Pollard Street, Ste 102 Arlington, VA 22203.

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The Hawthorn provides a full palate of amenities, services and security. Highlights include:

  • A fully-equipped fitness center
  • An on-site business center
  • Garage parking
  • Individual storage spaces
  • Landscaped courtyard
  • Outdoor seating
  • Ground-floor retail
  • Metro accessible

The Mount Vernon Trail is a Northern Virginia amenity

Along the Mount Vernon Trail a jogger and dog exercise
Along the Mount Vernon Trail a jogger and dog exercise

The Mount Vernon trail is a paved passage with some different parts, including wooded overlooks, up and down hills, and above water straight shot path. This amenity has various activity spots abound, throughout the extensive spread of landscapes. In the colder season there may be less fishing done and less retention of fitness participating humans and dogs. For example, in the featured image, there are a dog and woman jogging along the Mount Vernon Trail amenity.

With the busy busy busy way of life in Alexandria, Virginia (though Old Town’s City of Alexandria is separate from Fairfax County‘s  Alexandria), the Mount Vernon Trail is a nice place to take a break from it all. However that does not mean the rest of the world stops. For example, along a 30 minute hiatus walk, you might see a helicopter over head, or one of the regular from or going to Ronald Reagan planes on their way.

There are many homes available near this amenity, ranging from different features including water oriented, street accessible, with a shopping center in the subdivision, with a view, etc. The Mount Vernon Trail runs parallel to the George Washington Parkway which runs parallel to the Potomac River.


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Aubrey NesbittAbout the Author --- Aubrey Nesbitt is a native of Northern Virginia who attended Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a veteran of the US Army and helps his family business by providing informational articles like this one. In addition to photography and blogging, Aubrey provides administrative support for the office.

McLean’s Spring Hill Rec Center gets indoor, outdoor facelift

Last summer it was the interior. Now, if you’ve passed by the growing mounds of dirt surrounding McLean’s Spring Hill Recreation Center, there’s no doubt it’s time for the exterior.

Changes started last August when the center closed for renovations to the air conditioning system, locker rooms, classrooms and fitness room.  Those were completed in October.  The center, managed by the Fairfax County Park Authority, includes a heated indoor 25-yard by 25-meter pool with ramp and two one-meter diving boards, a poolside spa, beach and wading areas.

This is the first renovation to the center since it opened in 1988.

Parking will double when 250 new spaces are completed in June. A new entrance, replacing the one on Art Nauman Lane, will take a little longer since it will include a new traffic light on Lewinsville Rd. in front of Spring Hill Elementary and the Rec Center.

Finally two new artificial turf fields for soccer will be built near the corner of Lewinsville Rd. and Spring Hill Rd. Those are in addition to the two turf fields that opened at the center in 2008.

For now it’s a bit of mess. (Wear your work boots when you visit Spring Hill Rec.) But soon its transition will benefit all in the McLean, Tysons Corner and Fairfax County communities.

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Time to get in shape, FIT3 debuts in Tysons Corner

If you are looking forward to Tysons Corner becoming a walk-able neighborhood, it may be time to get in shape. FIT3, billing itself as “America’s largest fitness, health and wellness superstore” opened its doors in October at the corner of Leesburg Pike and Spring Hill Rd., home to a former Circuit City.

The 20,000 square foot store is the first in what the owners hope will become a nationwide chain.

FIT3 is part sports specialty retailer and part fitness center. It sells top brand fitness equipment and accessories as well as specialty products for yoga, boxing and mixed martial arts. And why not get in a workout while you are shopping? Tucked between the racks of workout gear is a yoga studio (free classes daily), simulated running track and martial arts/boxing ring.

They also sell vitamins, nutrition supplements and athletic footwear, featuring computerized, personalized sizing. It is a one-a-kind, one-stop-shop for fitness, exercise and nutrition that is big, bright and new. And while we can’t control the traffic on Leesburg Pike, we can tell you the parking at FIT3 is spacious and free.

The Charles Drew Community Center

Charles Drew Community Center
3500 23rd Street S.
Arlington VA 22206
Contact Number: 703 228 5725

The Charles Drew Community Center is an opportunity for elementary, teen and adult aged residents where they can engage in recreational and fitness activities without having to stray away from the community of Arlington.

Facilities of the Charles Drew Community Center:

  • Enclosed Playground
  • Multi-purpose Room
  • Gymnsium
  • Rectangular Field
  • Basketball Courts

The Charles Drew Community Center also ensures a handful of schedule programs for the community center users to choose from:

Elementary Afterschool:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 3pm to 6pm
Wednesday: 1:30pm to 6pm

Monday to Friday: 3pm to 6pm

Teen and Adults Basketball and Game Room:
Monday to Friday: 6pm to 9pm

Tuesday: 6pm to 7pm

Hand Dance:
Wednesday for Beginners: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday for Intermediate: 7:30pm to 8:30pm

The Charles Drew Community Center hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 3pm to 9pm
Wednesday: 1:30pm to 9pm
Weekends Closed