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Live Active

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Active Kids

Kids like to move – so let’s give them every chance to do so!

Get Moving

Not sure where to start? Don’t have enough time? Try these tips!

Keep Going

Already moving? Here's how to deal with setbacks and make exercise a habit.

Live Active

Does "exercise" turn you off? Try moving more with an active lifestyle instead.

Living active is a lifestyle rather than an activity. It’s about integrating physical activity into our daily routines, like walking or biking rather than driving, or taking the stairs rather than the elevator. Living active also means doing what you can to promote active alternatives. For example, you can help us promote Safe Routes to School throughout our area, or you can become involved with the Rivanna Trails foundation and help encourage the use of our beautiful trail system. Below are some websites we’ve found for you that may give you ideas for living a more active lifestyle. Enjoy!


  • Want to try something different? Bird watching is an activity really popular in Virginia!
  • This website will tell you anything you want to know about the research and statistics about active living
  • If you’re a college student, you especially need to make healthy living a priority. This will guide you through many ways to live healthy and active as a student!
  • Hiking—this website has a review of hikes all over Virginia so you know how long or difficult they are
  • Try walking with poles – Nordic Walking is huge in Europe, growing in popularity here (and is reported to give you a better workout than walking, even though you don’t feel like you’re working as hard)
  • There are lots of places in Central Virginia to Canoe, Kayak, or paddle. This website provides reports from people who have kayaked or canoed various places throughout the state
  • Looking for a way to get your kids out on the trails? Geocaching is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online
  • Search for outdoor activities by category and region
  • Here are additional links for outdoor activities:A natural area in Fluvanna with good walks, as well as river trips. Monticello trail; paved and unpaved paths The Piney river trail in Nelson County, great for biking, hiking, walking. Also in Nelson, the Wintergreen Nature Foundation has hikes and nature activities for all ages

For biking:

  • Promotes bicycle-related events in the area and includes a consolidated calendar of events by other groups. Past activities include: kid’s bike rodeo, social low-key rides, and women’s biking tips/rides, area bicycle club group rides, etc.


  • Swing Cville: a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing all things swing to Charlottesville! We love to dance and we love teaching others what we know!
  • Argentine Tango: Charlottesville Tango is a growing and supportive community dedicated to the dancing, music, and culture of Argentine tango. Classes, milongas (social dances), and events are held in our dance studio in the heart of downtown Charlottesville.
  • Square Dance: Through many years, it’s been the pleasure of dancing smoothly to good music and sharing a fun activity with great people that have made square dancing attractive and long-lived. And square dancing with the Virginia Reelers is no exception. It’s easier than you might think and it’s a great opportunity to have some fun, meet new friends, and even get a little exercise!
  • Contra: Contradancing is a social dance where you dance with everyone in the room. It is easy to learn, fun and good exercise.
  • Salsa: While this site pays homage to the passionate community of local salseros, it also provides resources to the Latin music styles of bachata, merengue, cha cha, tango and flamenco in the surrounding communities of Richmond, Lynchburg, and Harrisonburg.
  • Ballroom: USA Dance’s Charlottesville Ballroom Dancing Club

For Health:

For Running:

For swimming

  • Swimming facilities in Charlottesville
  • Lake Anna – this website, created by a local realtor, provides info about Virginia’s second largest lake.
  • Chris Greene Lake – part of Albemarle county’s parks program
  • Walnut Creek Park – a gem in southern Albemarle county. Swimming, canoeing, as well as biking trails and picnic areas.