Editor’s Note: This article was written before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the region. Please call the below businesses for up-to-date details on their current operations.
In 2019, Arlington was named the nation’s fittest city by the American College of Sports Medicine. Here, we share three ways to spend a health-focused day in the NoVA suburb.
Where to Break a Sweat: Break a sweat, save the world. At Rosslyn-based Good Sweat, you can get your workout in and also spin for a local charity. Each month, the social-impact cycle studio donates a percentage of its funds to a different NoVA-based organization that riders help choose. Not yet sold? No problem, as your first ride is free. // 1711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Where to Eat: When you hop off the bike, make your way to Ballston’s True Food Kitchen. The bright and colorful foodie destination offers a menu inspired by renowned physician Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet, featuring fresh, innovative dishes (like a burger made from quinoa or edamame dumplings) that are as delicious as they are good for you. If you choose to indulge in sips with your meal, you have that option too, as the simple syrups for cocktails are made in-house with natural ingredients and the entire wine list consists of organically, sustainably or biodynamically farmed bottles. // 4238 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1110, Arlington
Where to Enjoy the Scene: Walk over to Arlington’s Bon Air Park, which is just over 1 mile from True Food Kitchen. The expansive 24-acre destination includes playgrounds for youngsters, picnic areas, a scenic stream and multiple walking trails. The main attraction though is the memorial rose garden, bursting in spring with blue azaleas, pink roses and ornamental tree gardens. When you’re ready for a rest, take a seat on the shaded benches, admire the view and pat yourself on the back for surviving a day with the fittest of them all. // 601 N. Manchester St., Arlington