FEATURE: HEALTHY LIVING IN LEONARDTOWN

For those who are interested in living a healthy lifestyle, Historic Leonardtown, Maryland is an idyllic location to live and visit. Offering a wealth of options from both indoor and outdoor activities, Leonardtown is sure to fit everyone’s idea for a “fit lifestyle”.
 

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast why not spend the day on the water. PAC Paddlesports (www.paxadventuresd.com) provides rentals for kayaks and paddleboards at Leonardtown Wharf and Port of Leonardtown Winery Park. One favorite paddle outing they highly recommend is a scenic water trail that departs from the Port of Leonardtown Winery Park, launching from McIntosh Run - a little known secret hidden in this vibrant, green park that provides cooling shade to visitors even on the warmest of days. This serene water trail is nearly three miles long and leads to picturesque Leonardtown Wharf Park. The trip can take between 2.5 to 3 hrs to complete depending on the speed of paddling and any breaks taken to stop and smell the flowers. On this outing, sighting a few bald eagles is easy to do in the Spring months and if you go in the morning or evening, seeing muskrat, beaver or otter is not uncommon.

 

Looking for more of a challenge, why not try Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). Rent a paddleboard from PAC Paddlesports at Leonardtown Wharf and enjoy the day paddling on beautiful Breton Bay. Paddleboarding has been proven to burn more calories than most sports. In addition to being comparable to a full body workout, paddleboarding also helps improve strength, balance and endurance. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy this new and upcoming sport. SUP is designed to be family friendly and is great for beginners. Personal Training Studio, root, SUP & Fitness (www.rootsupfitness.com), offers classes focused on technique and supplies board rentals for community paddles.

 

During the Spring and Summer beautiful weather brings a lot of activity to the Wharf. In addition to exciting water sports, you can join in on one of the ongoing group fitness classes. These classes are a great way to engage with others while getting fit. Evolve Yoga’s popular Sunrise Yoga Series (www.evolveyogawellness.com) returns to the Wharf on Saturday, June 8th, and is also held on the second Saturday in July and August from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., and the outdoor sessions of the new Zumba Fitness Around Town series kicks off with a Spring launch party on Saturday, April 6th from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., and continues on Saturdays at the same time at alternating locations from the Wharf to Port of Leonardtown Winery Park. Visit Zumba Fitness Around Town on Facebook for information.

If a leisurely stroll or jog is more your pace, enjoy the gorgeous view from the Wharf then head up the hill to Leonardtown Square, the heart of Historic Leonardtown, where you can enjoy a delicious healthy meal at one of the quality local restaurants. Wander around and visit the numerous, local shops while you’re in town. Leonardtown’s Mayor, Daniel Burris, describes Leonardtown as a “Walking town with a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere that’s focused on connectivity.” Mayor Burris goes on to note that “Everything is accessible within a few blocks, and as you walk around town, you’ll find no one feels like a stranger. Everyone speaks to everyone.” Town Administrator, Laschelle McKay, shared information about plans to expand on this connectivity in the future. “Many sidewalk and road connections are planned or underway to ensure a safe environment for anyone that wants to walk, jog or run their way around Town.”, McKay notes. One such recently added connection is the renovated Nature and Fitness Trail at the College of

Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown Campus that opened in July 2018. The widened, mulched trail winds through the forested area behind campus’ Wellness and Aquatic Center. The trail is open to the community and offers beautiful views of stately, old trees and native foliage.

In addition to offering fine dining, the at-home cook can find shopping and resources for planning healthful meals at home. The health conscious cook shouldn’t miss checking out Quality Street Catering and The Good Earth Natural Food Companies. Quality Street Catering on Fenwick Street provides a great resource for cooks with their Healthy Living cooking lessons. Their group classes offer beginner to advanced cooking techniques and instruction ranges from demonstrations to hands-on training. These classes are a great way to meet others who share your love of cooking and to improve and learn new techniques.

 

Another great resource for planning healthy meals in the home is The Good Earth Natural Food Companies. Located on Park Avenue, The Good Earth offers fresh produce from local Certified Organic Farms. Shop delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables, allergy free and special dietary foods, choose selections from their bulk foods section and much more. Visitors can also sample and take home fresh, healthy and seasonal dishes that are made in their Healthy Lifestyles Kitchen from ingredients within the store. You can sample and purchase Soups, Healthy Side Dishes, Smoothies and Fresh Pressed Juice made to order when available. Recipes and ingredients are available for you to prepare and enjoy at home. Demos are also provided in their kitchen.

Looking for fun fitness challenge? Why not try Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP). Rent a paddleboard from PAC Paddlesports at Leonardtown Wharf and enjoy the day paddling on beautiful Breton Bay. Paddle boarding has been proven to burn more calories than most sports. In addition to being comparable to a full body workout, paddle boarding also helps improve strength, balance and endurance. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy this new and upcoming sport. SUP is designed to be family friendly and is great for beginners.Personal Training Studio, root, SUP & Fitness, located behind the fire house next door to Shepherds Old Field Market at 22725 Duke Street, specializes in group training and strives to make it fun, affordable and accessible to everyone. They work with individuals who are recovering from injuries as well as people who are starting their journey to better health and wellness. Another specialty they offer is Aerial Yoga, a one-of-a kind fitness experience that utilizes hammocks to help yoga postures become accessible to anyone, at any age and any level of fitness.No yoga experience is required and all are welcome! 

During the spring and summer beautiful weather brings a lot of activity to the Wharf. In addition to exciting water sports, you can join in on one of the popular group fitness classes. These classes are a great way to engage with others while getting fit. Evolve Yoga’s popular Sunrise Yoga Series takes place second Saturday in June, July and August from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., and the outdoor sessions of the Zumba Fitness Around Town series takes place on Saturday's from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and continues on Saturdays at the same time at alternating locations from Leonardtown Wharf to Port of Leonardtown Winery Park, and new this year, Tai Chi Around Town series comes to Town on the fourth Saturday of the month in July, August and September from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. directly following the morning's Zumba Fitness class. For more information about any of the fitness classes noted, call301-475-9791.

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