Best Nashville Hikes

I moved from Florida to Nashville about 6 years ago. The first thing I was looking forward to was actually hiking something taller than a landfill. I have come to love the hikes in and around the Nashville areas, but it has taken some time to really discover some of my favorites without having to go out east to the Cumberland plateau or Smoky Mountains (lots of great day trips and waterfall hikes out there). So here is my curated list of my favorite hikes in Nashville and the surrounding areas. All of these should be less than a one hour drive from wherever you are and are not paved unless otherwise stated. Enjoy the list and hopefully you will get some new ideas to get outside!

Cause and Relief of Joint Pain while Exercising

I love a good workout, but I’ve had my share of aches and pains. If you have experienced joint pain during or after exercise, you may be curious as to what it is and how serious it is. You need to recognize that joint pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is off. In the best cases, it’s just as simple as adding foam rolling, stretching, exercise modifications and icing into the routine. Other times we may need to evaluate tissue or cartilage damage, arthritis or injury. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common joint pains associated with exercise: Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist.

Combat the Winter Blues

I have always loved winter. I love bundling up in warm layers, cozying by the fireplace, cooking up a pot of chili, and going ice skating or enjoying other winter activities. However, the days are short and often overcast, there are not many holidays to look forward to, and for some the cold weather can bring joint pain. It’s easy and common to slip into the winter blues. So let’s dive in and talk about a few ways to combat those winter blues.

Daily Desk Stretches

Sitting at a computer desk eight plus hours a day can be a lot on the body. Even if you have perfect sitting form and never slump over, lean to the side, or strain your neck forward, you will need to take a break and stretch out those stiff muscles. Follow along the image for a daily stretching routine that you can do right at your desk in less than 10 minutes!

Winter Running Tips

I love running in the winter, it’s my absolute favorite time of the year for a run! Running in frigid temperatures can be tricky and it has taken me a while to get the right clothing and routines to make it enjoyable. So let’s take some time to dig into the best things to wear for a winter run, list out winter running essentials, and discuss some important winter safety tips. I may just get you to love winter running as much as I do!

Your Pre (or Post) Thanksgiving Turkey Workout

Mash Potatoes, Macaroni, Turkey, Stuffing, Bread Rolls, and Pumpkin Pie. I mean, how can we resist the temptation of all these delicious carbohydrates and sugars! I say, go to town, enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner the way you do. However, show your body some love, don’t just gobble till you wobble, give your body some thanks. Here is a pre or post Thanksgiving workout to enjoy this Turkey Day to make sure you feel your BEST this holiday season.

10 Minute Abs Workout (no equipment needed)

I love a good ab workout! A strong core is essential to daily functionality and becoming a stronger athlete. Here is a challenging, no equipment needed, free 10 minute abs workout to finish up your next workout session. Enjoy and let me know how it goes!

How to Get into Road Cycling

Let’s be real, road cycling can be a totally intimidating sport to get into. It can also be really expensive and time consuming. I have come to enjoy a long bike ride on the road, but it wasn’t always that way. It has taken some trial and error, and overcoming many fears to get to a point of being able to check off some major cycling bucket list items. I would love to share the things I have learned in my cycling journey so far and maybe open your eyes to a new hobby. You do not have to be an athlete, a bike expert, or really rich to start getting into cycling. Read on to learn more about cycling form, road cycling safety, bike maintenance and repair, and the gear needed for your first ride.

Summertime Swim Workout

It’s Summertime, which means it’s pool time! One of my favorite things to do during summer is change my workout routine from running to swimming. I will say the first time I stepped into a pool as an adult, I had no idea what to do in terms of a workout. Swimming can be a little intimidating if you haven’t been in a pool for a while or if you never learned how to actually workout in a pool. So let me walk you though some swimming basics and get you into the pool for your first aquatics workout this summer! You will feel awesome afterwards, I promise!

How to Get into Hiking

I love hiking. I love getting outside, connecting with nature, breathing in the fresh air and getting my heart rate up on a beautiful hike. I love the mental challenge of hiking to the top of a mountain and being rewarded with breathtaking views. Hiking can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging. However, after a long (or short) day of a successful hike, you will find yourself in an elevated mood, ready to take on the world and you will never regret getting into hiking. So let’s get you INTO Hiking and out onto the trails with some gear suggestions, day bag essentials, basic hiking etiquette and nature skills.