Posted January 18, 2018
4 Enjoyable Ways to Stay Healthy and in Shape While Living at McCormick
Here are some ideas to get you motivated:
1. Discover one of the many local trails.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise — or 75 minutes of vigorous activity — to maintain good cardiovascular health. That’s just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise, which could be as simple as walking. At McCormick, taking a walk in nature is literally only steps away. The Big Pond Trail and the Huckleberry Trail are right in the neighborhood. Grab your dog, too — this is a pet-friendly neighborhood. Plus, several Kitsap County Parks are nearby, where you can enjoy walking, biking or jogging.
2. Explore a local waterfalls, trails and farms
Add a little variety to your walking routine by visiting a local farm. After all, part of the joys of living in a smaller community means you can experience the rural lifestyle while enjoying all the amenities of a big city. Only minutes away from McCormick, the Ueland Tree Farm is open to the public, allowing you to explore the trails on foot, bicycle or horse. You can even bring your dog, hunt (as regulations allow) and pick berries and mushrooms.
Depending on the season — and whether your goal is to take home some fresh produce — some other great nearby farms include Pheasant Fields (if you’d like to tour or buy fresh produce), Lupulin Heaven in Port Orchard (if you want to pick your own hops) and Butler’s Farm in Gig Harbor (where you’ll find some 500 varieties of apples!).
3. Join a golf club.
What’s more convenient for a healthy lifestyle than living on a golf course? The McCormick Woods Golf Club certainly makes staying in shape easy and fun. But did you know you can also join the Men’s Club or the Ladies Club? The two clubs are not just an added excuse to get out on the golf course. They are a way to meet a wonderful group of enthusiasts, make new friends. By all means, indulge your competitive spirit, too, at one of the clubs’ events and tournaments.
4. Grow a green thumb.
A strong body starts with a strong mind. Any of the activities above can help reduce stress. But if you want an alternative way to spend time in nature and get a little workout, gardening is the way to go. Did you know that some healthcare facilities use gardening as a form of therapy?
If you’re worried that your thumb is not so green, McCormick has you covered. Our Two Green Thumbs Gardening Club will connect you with other gardeners, including some seasoned pros who can offer advice and local resources. Club meetings also include programs and presentations, and members regularly go on “field trips” to gardens and nurseries — that’s a whole new spin to the idea of getting exercise.
This is just a short list to get your 2018 off on the right foot. There’s truly no excuse why you can’t keep your resolution this year to get in shape!