By Lucy Emery
As the days get colder and shorter you may find that you aren’t spending as much time outside as you did in the beginning of the semester. Back in the days when finals were far away and there was nothing better to do than lie on the lawn in the sunshine. Even with the cold weather and the shortened days it is still important to your mental and physical health to get outside!
Many studies have shown that spending time outside can have multiple beneficial health effects. Spending time outside has been proven to:
- Improve short term memory
- Restore mental energy
- Relieve stress
- Improve concentration
And much, much more!
Here are some fun and easy ways to spend more time outside in the upcoming winter months!
1. Walk to class!
Honestly this is one of the easiest ways to get exercise outside at UVA! It’s a great time to call your mom, chat with a friend, listen to music, or just enjoy some fresh air.
**Remember when walking at night it’s always safer to walk with friends!
2. Go ski or snowboard!
Skiing and snowboarding are both amazing ways to get outside in the winter, and it may be one of the few chances to see snow. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, the local ski resort Wintergreen has great slopes for every level of proficiency. Wintergreen is located 45 minutes outside of Charlottesville and offers great student discounts.
Click here for more information: www.wintergreenresort.com/passes-and-deals/
3. Go on a hike!
As many students know Charlottesville is nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains and because of this there are many fantastic hiking places within an hour of Charlottesville. The top of Humpback in the fall is a must see! The leaves are gorgeous and the cool weather makes the hike feel a lot less difficult.
4. Have a snowball fight!
You would be shocked at how much exercise a full-fledged snowball fight actually is. In the past when it has snowed at UVA there has been a huge snowball fight on Mad Bowl and the Lawn. It is a super fun event you don’t want to miss out on!
5. Walk to Monticello Trail!
Everyone should go visit Monticello when studying at UVA. Thomas Jefferson’s house is an important part of both UVA and Charlottesville’s history. If you visit between November and February you get a discount! If you want to go visit consider walking the Monticello Trail. It’s a beautiful relatively flat 2 mile trail that brings you right to the doors of Monticello. And after walking you can treat yourself to one of the delish locally made snacks in the gift shop