Moving to a new city can be a rough transition for many, especially those experiencing ‘city life’ for the first time. However, one thing that I have found to ease the transition and helps alleviate stress/anxiety is to stay active! This of which may seem intimidating to do, seeing as you may be unfamiliar with the area. However, here are a few safe and fun activities you could do to stay active in D.C.
1.) Utilize the gym available at the Buchanan
I am a strong believer that a little physical activity every day can really impact your mental and physical health in a positive way. Therefore, I highly encourage everyone to take advantage of the gym available just a few floors away from your room.
2.) Go sightseeing
After getting to D.C., it is extremely tempting to immediately go out and visit national monuments and museums located around the city. Therefore, it is highly encouraged to purchase your first SmarTrip card and start counting your steps. Walking around to the various monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument can be so interesting and fun that you don’t realize you are technically exercising as much as you truly are. For example, when visiting these exact places, my roommates and I walked 26,000 steps without realizing it.
3.) Go on a hike
Another activity that is fun to do in your spare time and acts as a great cardio workout is hiking! There are many trails in and around the city, and some that can be reached if you have car access. For example, the Appalachian Trail is about an hour away from our apartment and is a great source of fresh air and scenic views!
4.) Go on a run
Lastly, go on a run! I know running doesn’t seem to be the most fun type of physical activity to participate in, but the views you are capable of experiencing make it worth it. For example, the Mt. Vernon trail is located down the street from the Buchanan, and it leads you along the Potomac and to the Jefferson Memorial. It is a decent run, however, there is nothing like seeing the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument lit up amongst such a peaceful silence. (early morning runs)
Office of Congressman Randy Weber
Washington, D.C. | Fall 2021