Healthy Places to Workout, Eat, and Stay Active in Mountaineer Country
Dining Out, Stores, Gyms and Fitness Clubs
Take advantage of all the healthy dining, stores, gyms and fitness clubs that Mountaineer Country has to offer to get you in shape and keep you on track this year.
Starting a new year means new resolutions for many people. A common New Year’s resolution is improving one’s health, both eating well and getting in shape. Here in Mountaineer Country, there are plenty of healthy dining options, stores, gyms, and fitness clubs to keep you on track and to help you reach your goals. This could be your healthiest year, yet!
Healthy Food Choices
The best way to ensure that you are eating healthy foods is by cooking your meals at home. You can purchase healthier alternatives at your favorite grocery store or visit one of the many farmer’s markets throughout the year, like the Winter Farmers Market that is open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. until April. Mountain People’s Market Co-op is another beneficial market to visit, being the only full-time healthy food market in Morgantown that sells local and organic foods.
Eating out does not have to mean greasy, unhealthy food. Mountaineer Country has plenty of restaurants that serve healthy dishes for you to try. Restaurants such as Taziki’s, Fresh Mint Indian Grill, and Cairo2Go are among many restaurants that offer Mediterranean salads, chicken, baked potatoes, hummus, and other foods that are lighter options. Saigon Pho and Chaang Thai offer dishes that are full of authentic flavor and nutritional benefits. Black Bear Burritos creates many dishes, including vegan rice and vegetarian beans. Terra Cafe has unique salads, soups and sandwiches with healthy alternatives like the black bean burger. Saladworks has a variety of toppings to place on your salad made with the freshest ingredients. Pita Pit, Subway and Panera Bread are also good choices depending on what you order. Finally, grab a blended mix of fruit and vegetables from Get Fit Juices and Shakes.
Being active can help you stay fit and achieve your goal weight. Mountaineer Country has multiple trails where you can walk or run such as Cooper’s Rock State Forest. Or jog along the Monongahela River, using the Mon River Rail-Trail System. The Rail-Trail is made up of walking, running, and biking trails and was the 2020 Inductee to the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame, officiated by the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy (RTC).
Crossfit Morgantown has a free community class every Saturday if you’re interested in trying a workout that is different than what you’re used to. If you’d rather, there are gyms such as Planet Fitness, OrangeTheory Fitness and Zenergy Cycling with reasonably priced memberships, or cycling, and pilates classes as well. Climb to new heights at Mountaineer Country’s newest indoor recreation space at Gritstone Climbing + Fitness.
Take your dog to one of Mountaineer Country’s many parks and dog parks where you and your best friend can get some exercise! Depending on the time of year, you can also get a workout outdoors by kayaking, white water rafting, swimming, skiing or rock climbing!
Want to blaze a trail? Check out the Top 10 Hiking Adventures in Mountaineer Country for your next trek into the wild and wonderful outdoors.
Playgrounds, fields and courts are throughout Mountaineer Country for a person of any age to enjoy! Grab your friends for a game of kickball, play a round of golf, pass a baseball back and forth, jump on a trampoline or kick around a soccer ball for some fun exercise.
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Have Some Fun
Eating right and exercising are important, but so is taking some time to enjoy yourself! There are always events coming up in Morgantown that can be both fun and relaxing! There are multiple historic attractions and museums such as the Art Museum of West Virginia University that offers visual art. Or you could attend a concert and performance, create your own work of art at one of the many pottery and painting studios, attend a fair or festival, be a part of Morgantown nightlife or attend a sporting event like a WVU basketball or West Virginia Black Bears game. In other words, there is something for everyone! Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have fun doing it!
Whether you’re trying to lose weight, maintain or get in shape, Mountaineer Country has what you need to help you accomplish your health goals!
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