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!

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!

Feeling Tired? Quick Tips to Re Energize

It’s Monday morning, I pour myself a cup of coffee. The fragrance of caffeine fills my nostrils as I hope it will wake me up. I take a sip, no magic wake up powers are in effect yet. It’s the holidays, everything is piling up, to-do lists, appointments, meetings and social gatherings are filling my schedule. Anyone else have a case of the holiday sleepy’s? Well, you are not alone. Let’s take a look at how we can combat this tiredness and re energize for the holiday season!

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.

Process your COVID Grief by Reading ‘Thrive Through It’ by Brittany N Cole

Have you processed your COVID grief? What I mean is, have you processed what you lost in the past two years? The past couple years have been tough, on everyone, and here’s the thing, we are actually experiencing a collective grief. Brittany N. Cole in her book “Thrive Through It” walks us through what thriving through grief looks like, highlighting that grieving is not only felt through the physical loss of someone, but instead defines grief as “Grief is a natural emotion of complex, conflicting, and frequently unpredictable feelings in response to a loss or change that disrupts a familiar pattern or prevents the desired outcome”. Lives dive into this new definition of grief.

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!

Unveiling Imposter Syndrome

I remember my first experience with Imposter Syndrome. It was not fun, it was confusing and led me to lots of self doubt. Well apparently, I am not alone! Actually, tons of people, even people like Melinda Gates and Michelle Obama have confessed to feeling like an imposter. So what is Imposter Syndrome? Read more to learn more about what it is, who it affects and how to overcome it. Let’s bring out the best version of you after reading this article about unveiling Imposter Syndrome.

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.