Wellness Wednesdays- Get Outside: Austin Edition

photos via: Anna Tillotson

photos via: Anna Tillotson

Wellness Wednesday: Getting Outdoors, Austin Edition

Visits to Austin are always our favorite.  Besides being an all-around cool city with its laid-back, but always fashionable, style and culture, innovative, foodie-centric restaurants, and world-famous live music and festival scene- it has the ability to make you want to be healthier. 

Whether it’s more your style to go for a jog around the lake, ride your bike to work or find a new place to hike, surrounded by lakes, rivers and parks- Austin has all the necessary pieces for a wellness success story.  

Don’t believe us?  The city has repeatedly made the list of top 10 fittest cities in the U.S. according to the annual American Fitness Index® (AFI) data reports.  The city is populated with a young, highly active community, with super low rates of chronic diseases like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes.  Another fun fact: Austin is home to the flagship Whole Foods (located on Sixth St. and Lamar).  Any city that birthed one of the most health-conscious, successful grocery store chains knows what they are doing when it comes to bringing health and wellness to their communities.  

The list below speaks for itself, but if you need more convincing to get outdoors in Austin, check last week’s blog to learn about the countless benefits of getting outdoors.  

Our top Austin picks 

1.) Barton Springs

This natural spring-fed pool is a must.  With a comfortable, maybe even a little brisk, temperature year round, it’s the best place to cool off during the hot summer months after a hard sweat sesh.  Pick up an additional dose of health with refreshments and fare from JuiceLand.  (Bonus: There are several locations throughout the city for your convenience.)

2.) The Trail 

10 miles of inner-city pathways along Lady Bird Lake, it holds constant as Austin’s most popular recreational attraction.  

3.) Zilker Park 

The park is home to several recreational opportunities, but most known for the city's best music festivals, including the internationally renowned Austin City Limits.  We all love a good outdoor music soiree.  

Getting our juice fix with my mom and sis

Getting our juice fix with my mom and sis

Sara’s pick: 

Being from Austin myself, I never knew that days on the lake wake boarding, hiking on the trails and dipping into the springs at Barton Springs pool (even though it's freezin') weren't available in ALL cities and even in all parts of Texas. Now living in Dallas (that also has it's awesome qualities) I make sure to include these amazing experiences into my trips when I go to visit family. 

And one of my fave places that is a MUST on my list EVERY TIME I'M THERE IS JUICELAND. Locally owned and operated, I can't tell you how much I love thee! From the juice, to the smoothies, their cleanse program- you just feel healthy walking in the door! My fave drink is Peachy Green! It's more of a smoothie type of drink- a little sweet and healthy, with the perfect combo of citrus! And I'm pretty sure Dallas is on the list for a location SOON! AHHHHH!!! 

Lindsey’s pick:

A late-comer to the Austin bandwagon, I have only recently grown fond of the city.  I love everything about it, but I always take time for a visit to Wanderlust Yoga Studio.  I make it a priority partly for the yoga, of course, but mostly for the health-conscience cafe located in the studio.  I am a sucker for the delicious acai bowls that make me wish I lived in Austin morning.  Yoga and a nutrient-dense, tasty      bowl is the best way to start your day, in my opinion. 

Well, count us in!  We may be biased, since yours truly (Sara) once called Austin “home,” but writing this post makes us eager to plan our next trip to the Capital of this great state of Texas. 

Be sure to leave us a comment with your favorite ways to get some outdoor time!

Until next time!

xx, 

Sara + Lindsey

Wellness Wednesday: Getting Outdoors, Dallas Edition

Wellness Wednesday: Getting Outdoors, Dallas Edition 

Good weather is one of the ultimate motivators when it comes to our health and wellness.  We suggest you take full advantage while you can… get outside!  get moving! (because in Dallas, Texas, we know the good weather is gone well before we are ready to see it go).  

If you find yourself hesitant to stray from your usual gym-bound exercise routine, we hope this list of benefits to taking your exercise outdoors will have you strapping on your sneakers with a little more pep in your step.  

Being outside in nature is simply good for your mind and body.  We have all felt the instantaneous shift in attitude when the weather is absolutely perfect.  This positive mood booster comes with the increase in the feel good hormones we all want more of.  Outdoor activity allows you to get out of your head and destress.  

We can all use the dose of Vitamin D, a vitamin that many of us may be deficient in, which is super important to bone health and metabolic function.  It is also imperative to keeping your immune system at its best.  

Outdoor exercisers may have a better probability of sticking to it.  Mixing it up and keeping it interesting is the best thing you can do to commit to an exercise program long term.  From experience, no matter how much we may not be in the mood to exercise, if we can get ourselves out the door, the energy always comes. 

Who actually enjoys spending time on those boring machines?  No, thank you.

Getting outdoors saves time and is hands down the most convenient and accessible exercise plan available.  Don’t waste any more time sitting in traffic to get the gym.  Just walk out your front door, and get started.  

Bonus (if you even need any more reasons): it’s the easiest option on the pocketbook.  Say goodbye to those pricey gym memberships.  Nature’s totally free.  

Need some ideas to get started?  Here are three of our faves to try out: 

1.) Klyde Warren Park: 

This newly developed, green space features a wide variety of activities… something for everyone.  The space includes a dog park, playground, putting green, ping pong tables, croquet, to name a few.  Enjoy your favorite style of fitness classes from yoga or tai chi to dance or bootcamp.  Post-workout: visit the numerous food trucks for a tasty and convenient meal or snack. 

2.) Katy Trail: 

A 3.5 mile beautifully maintained trail that will be sure to take your mind off the current exhaustion of walking, jogging or biking.  And we won’t judge if you treat yourself to an ice cold beer at Katy Trail Ice House or brunch at one of the nearby restaurants. 

3.) White Rock:

With paddle boarding, rowing, and kayaking, this is a perfect and easy way to spend a few hours outdoors without feeling like your exercising.  The 9 miles of trail is perfect for a long walk, a training day, or a scenic bike ride.  The gorgeous residences around the lake make for a nice distraction.  Need more?  Pack a healthy picnic and stop by the gorgeous Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens right off the trail. 

Not in Dallas?  Search online for outdoor activities close to you.  You never know, there may be a beautiful gem that you never knew existed! 

Get outside.  Make being active feel a little more like fun and a little less like a chore!  

Happy Summer! 

Until next time!

xx, 

Sara & (Lindsey)