Yoga at Simply Well in Carlisle recently shared these 7 simple steps towards a healthier you this summer. We loved these suggestions so much that we wanted to share them with you. Here are some Cumberland Valley ideas to help you get started.

Colonel Denning 5:41. Spend time outside.

This is easy if you live in or are visiting Cumberland Valley. If your passion is hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, birding, fishing, or simply being out in the sunshine, you’ll find what you are looking for with 200 miles of trails, three state parks, two state forests, and a number of scenic waterways.

2. Buy fresh local foods.

As you travel our roads, you’ll see a landscape dotted with farms, farm stores, roadside stands, and weekly farmers' markets, where you can experience the beauty and bounty of each season. Here you can savor the flavor of locally-grown food and seasonal produce, purchase ready-to-eat items, bite into home-baked goodies, and enjoy u-pick options including flowers and strawberries, pumpkins, and apples. You might even have the chance to pet a farm animal.

3. Read an enjoyable book.

There are 10 bookstores throughout Cumberland Valley selling both new and used books. Whether your taste runs from mysteries to Civil War history, these stores are stocked with the newest releases as well as hard-to-find titles.

Grandfather and Grand Son catch a fish4. Connect/spend quality time with the people you love.

Cumberland Valley is the perfect location to re-connect with family and friends after a long separation due to the pandemic. Our location in the heart of south-central Pennsylvania plus our easily accessible roadways, make Cumberland Valley a central meeting point for guests coming from all over the mid-Atlantic region. Our hotels offer comfortable and affordable accommodations while our unique B&Bs offer more privacy plus personalized services.

Army Heritage Trail @ USAHEC5. Plan a staycation.

Perhaps you are a local or live only a short drive away. Explore Cumberland Valley and find all the hidden gems in your own backyard. Even if you don’t live in the immediate area, did you know that Cumberland Valley is only a short two-to-three-hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Baltimore, making it the ideal location for a day trip.

6. Walk barefoot in the grass.

That’s easy to do at our more than 100 community parks where you can escape and find a moment of solitude. And, if you want your feet to look absolutely amazing while barefoot, head to one of our spas or salons for a relaxing pedicure.

Generic Meditation Image Unsplash7. Turn off your phone and set boundaries with yourself and others.

It’s not easy to turn off your phone. We understand. To help, you might schedule some time away from your phone with a yoga or meditation class. Check our online calendar for outdoor yoga, goat yoga, and yoga at a winery or brewery. If you need a more vigorous activity, there are a number of local fitness studios offering drop-in classes.

Thanks again to Yoga at Simply Well for sharing these tips. Click here to see their in-studio and virtual class schedule.