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Staying Fit during a Trip to High Hampton Inn

May 22nd, 2012 by Staff

In the weeks leading up to a vacation, people typically make an effort to eat well and exercise regularly to be in the best shape possible. Whether you’re vacationing at the beach, lake or mountains, trips away from home usually involve indulging in different foods and drinks and often times little exercise.  A visit to High Hampton Inn includes not only great dining but also unique ways to stay active on your vacation. Below are four fun ways to keep in shape while making the most of your stay at High Hampton.

Hiking and Fitness Trails – Since High Hampton is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you are guaranteed access to a number of hiking trails. There are 15-miles of well-marked hiking trails on property for you to explore alone or with a guide. To reach the summit of Rock Mountain at 4,370 feet, you will need about an hour-and-a-half.  A four-hour round-trip excursion leads to the peak of Chimney Top Mountain, located at 4,618 feet, and back down.  The Lake Trail is ideal for visitors looking for a mild hike.  The 1.5-mile trail meanders around Hampton Lake, giving you many opportunities to enjoy the area’s flora and fauna.  The Fitness Trail includes 10 exercise stations that will tone your muscles.  The trail begins at the upper end of Hampton Lake and finishes at the base of Rock Mountain. All of these hikes allow for spectacular views and great cardiovascular exercise.

Hampton Lake – Hampton Lake offers numerous ways for you to stay active all day long. The 35-acre lake features a wading pool, swimming area, beach, two docks and swim platforms, and a playground. Spending an afternoon kayaking, canoeing or paddle boating is a great way to get active and enjoy a peaceful summer day on the water.  Those looking for something more vigorous will enjoy swimming laps in the refreshing mountain water.

Children swimming and playing in a mountain lake

Enjoying summertime fun on Lake Hampton

Beanstalk – If you are seeking the thrill of rock climbing, the Beanstalk is for you.  The eight-sided, 28-foot climbing tower located outside of the Hampton Health Club and Spa the perfect way for adults and kids to work on total body fitness.  Arm and leg muscles are sure to be toned as you make your way to the top of the rock.

Outdoor climbing tower

Heading to the top of the Beanstalk at High Hampton

Outdoor Sports – You can also enjoy spending time outdoors playing golf, tennis, and bocce ball. A round of golf on the George W. Cobb 18-hole golf course or playing tennis on one of the clay courts are both great ways to burn some calories. To hone your skills, you can participate in our golf and tennis clinics that are available throughout the year. Our two new bocce ball courts are also great ways to get active and indulge in a little friendly competition.

Girl playing tennis

Staying in shape with a game of tennis at High Hampton

When you visit High Hampton this summer, you don’t have to stop your fitness routine.  By participating in our fun and unique activities, you are sure to stay fit on your trip this summer.

 

Fifty Really is the New Thirty – By Lee Anne MacDade

May 25th, 2011 by Staff

June 9-12th, yoga expert Lee Anne MacDade will return to High Hampton Inn for the second annual Wellness Weekend. Lee Anne shares some of her healthy wisdom below in a guest post.

Lee Anne MacDade

These days fifty really can be the new thirty because of the baby boomers not willing to give in yet to the realities of aging.  There is so much out there today to help us.  Trendy health clubs with juice bars are opening up in every major city across America to attract people of every age group with the same interest – keeping fit and staying healthy.

Corporations are offering wellness programs to their employees in an effort to help reduce the number of sick days, lower insurance costs, improve productivity, and overall job satisfaction.  Studies have proven that those who participate in these types of programs are not only more effective in doing their job each day but are also more content and confident within themselves.

Restaurants are making efforts to offer vegetarian, vegan and low fat options on their menus so when people go out to socialize they do not have to give up their commitment to eating clean.   We have organic everything, from produce to sunscreen.  You have cows and chickens living the lives they could have only dreamed of where farmers are now taking into consideration their well-being, and not just seeing them as a commodity for consumers.

Relax and unwind at High Hampton Inn's Wellness Weekend

Doctors now recommend yoga for their patients as a way to reduce stress and to learn how to relax.  Yes, I say learn how to relax.  In today’s world so many of us have gotten caught up on the whirlwind of life; going through it at the pace of an Olympic athlete and leaving little or no time to just sit quietly and allow ourselves to just slow down.  People usually look at me cross-eyed when I ask them how much quiet time they actually spend with just themselves in a day doing nothing!  Sitting and doing absolutely nothing can be more refreshing than a full night’s sleep.

The time has finally come when it is the norm to be health-conscious.  More and more people from all walks of life have taken to becoming physically fit.  The reasons can vary greatly – anything from toning up and trying to relieve pain to being an alternative way to prevent serious illness.

Eating right, some form of daily physical activity, reducing stress, and trying to live in a more balanced way can all lead us to that fountain of youth.  A finely tuned body and mind will work together in harmony.  The good news today is there is so much out there just waiting for you to try.  There really is no reason why any of us cannot age gracefully and be healthy throughout our whole life.  Good health begins with you and the choices you make.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Wellness Weekend where you can learn from Lee Anne firsthand.  Call (828) 743-2411 to reserve a place today.