Whether you’re looking for ways to relax after a long week, or find that balance needed for a healthy lifestyle, Alexandria is filled with fun, heart-pumping (and sometimes heart-pumpingly delicious) activities to relax and recharge. Here are some great ways to get out, get your energy up, and your stress down:
1. Feel the Zen
Calling all yogis! From free waterfront yoga meet-ups to health and wellness workshops and retreats, to meditation sessions, Alexandria’s large number of yoga studios can help bring balance to a hectic lifestyle. Del Ray’s Mind the Mat holds special yoga sessions for men, while at Pure Prana Yoga, mommy-yogis can even bring little ones for baby and kid-friendly yoga, so the whole family can get their Zen on.
As a “Silver Level Bike-Friendly Community,” Alexandria has ample opportunities to park the car and get your heart pumping on a bike ride along a historic avenue. With bike rental facilities like Bike and Roll, a number of Capital Bikeshare stations, bike racks dotting the streets, and a waterfront trail with ample (not to mention gorgeous) views of the Potomac River, swapping out four wheels for two isn’t exactly a tough call.
Nothing says “refresh” like a new hairstyle or much-needed massage. Salons like Circe of Alexandria and Sugar House Day Spa and Salon work perfectly for a spontaneous (or agonizingly planned, if you’re me) new ‘do or a fresh coat of nail polish, while Fountains Day Spa—a 200-year-old townhouse—is a quirky, but modern and peaceful retreat, ideal for skin and body therapies. At the Lorien Hotel & Spa, the quintessential luxury hotspot, relaxation-seekers try full body massages or rejuvenating full body scrubs—even caviar-infused facials (seriously).
4. Park it!
When you’re in need of a reboot, looking to the great outdoors is an awesome place to start. Pack a picnic, grab a book or go for a jog in any of Alexandria’s more than 900 acres of park space. Along the waterfront, watch the boats glide by beside a historic lighthouse at Jones Point Park, smell the roses in the gorgeous gardens at Carlyle House Historic Park or wander through the grounds of Ford Ward Park, home to one of the best preserved Civil War forts today.
Who says eating out means ruining a healthy diet? Alexandria restaurants love catering to healthy lifestyles, offering meal options ranging from gluten free to vegetarian, even vegan at Teaism’s newest location in Old Town. Oh, and Lavender Moon Cupcakery has organic cupcakes. Healthier, right?
Check out more ways to relax and recharge in Alexandria here.
Respective photos by Pure Prana Yoga, Union Yoga and the Lorien Hotel & Spa