As we prepare to enter the new decade of 2020, we begin to ponder on how we want to spend the next 365 days and what new experiences and adventures we will embark on. To grow and better ourselves it is important to enter the New Year by not only being active and eating healthy but to also get outside, learn a new skill, expand your palate and do not forget to pamper yourself. Here are six ways to help get you started on these goals in Norfolk!

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Get Active at Latitude Climbing Gym

Women Rock Climbing at Latitude Indoor Climbing

It is easier to not have excuses for being active when you get to do workouts that are fun and exciting. This 2020, head to Latitude Climbing Gym where you can rock climb, meditate through yoga classes and get your sweat on at a HIIT class in a fully equipped Rogue gym. We recommend purchasing a day pass while in Norfolk, it gives you unlimited access to rock-climbing and yoga classes. 

Eat Healthy in Norfolk

No matter what new diet is trending, we can all agree that more fruits and veggies will be in our new year. Some of our favorite restaurants for healthy eating, that are equally as delicious as they are beneficial to our health, are Green House Kitchen, where massive salads are created with croutons that are to die for; Fruitive, a one hundred percent plant-based, organically sourced and an ocean-friendly restaurant; and lastly Town Center Cold Pressed who is dishing out the best acai bowls and immunity shots in town (like turmeric orange or ginger). 

Get Outside on the Elizabeth River Trail (ERT)

Bike Riding With Sunset Lake View

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Take a step away from your electronics and head outside! Norfolk’s mild weather supports outdoor activity year-round and with the Elizabeth River Trail offering 10.5 miles of exploration, we highly encourage you to grab your bike or your favorite pair of walking shoes and hit the trail. Find additional ideas on what to do along the Elizabeth River Trail here! 

Learn a New Skill with Sail Nauticus

Sail Boating

We are never too old to try something new and be a little adventurous. Set sail with Sail Nauticus as they take you out on The Harbor 20 sailboat. Learn everything from rigging and sails to tacking and jibbing, hull speed, mooring, anchoring and so much more! Once the class is completed, you will walk away with a U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat Certification and one more skill you didn’t have in years past. Who knows -- maybe this will spark that new hobby you’ve been meaning to pick up? Grab a group of friends and head to the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay, happy sailing!

Expand Your Palate

We all love a classic bowl of warm mac and cheese or a juicy burger but this year let’s try and step outside of our comfort zone and check out one of these highly praised restaurants that will give your taste buds something new to crave. Chartreuse creates an enticing European influenced farm-to-table menu that rotates daily. Dishes like, whole roasted Virginia black sea bass, tabbouleh and jalapeno yogurt can be devoured here! Orapax, an adored Greek restaurant will put you into the best food coma with their buttery and flaky phyllo dishes and authentic Gyros.

Pamper Yourself at Smooth

Smooth Store Interior

“Treat yourself” is the new motto these days, so what better way to do that than by getting pampered at Smooth, Norfolk’s downtown award-winning skin and waxing boutique. A few of Smooth’s services offered are waxing, facials that leave you feeling rejuvenated and exfoliating back treatments. Smooth can also help you with your at-home self-care needs. You can find beautifully scented candles, lotions (that will leave your skin soft as a baby’s bottom), bath salts, essential oils and so much more!