Welcome to 2020! It's a brand new year, a new decade and a new chance to reach your goals. Whether you want to be more active, be more involved in the community or eat healthier, the North Coast offers a variety of ways for you to achieve your New Year's resolutions.
The Oregon Coast is a playland with a plethora of ways to exercise outdoors, from its forested trails for hiking to its long beaches for running. The ocean in itself is a great workout machine, as you can battle the waves with a kayak, surfboard or even just a wetsuit. Or, you could walk, run or pedal a bicycle on one of the paved trails along the coast, like the Astoria Riverwalk with a 6-mile trail and views of the Columbia River.
If you're looking for a way to workout away from the rain and wind, you can join one of the many gyms in the area, like Sunset Family Fitness in Seaside, Cannon Beach Fitness, Snap Fitness in Long Beach or Elevate Yoga/Fitness in Tillamook, just to name a few. Dancing is also a fun way to be active while smiling and listening to upbeat music. The Astoria Arts and Movement Center has dance exercise, yoga and performing arts classes for every age and ability level. North County Recreation District in Nehalem also has dance classes and a performing arts center with an auditorium, as well as a pool, fitness center and community center.
If your goal is to become more involved in community groups on the North Coast, you have many to choose from. You could volunteer to educate visitors about bird ecology and tide pools through the Haystack Rock Awareness Program in Cannon Beach or perform or teach music through the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook. You can also volunteer to help those who are without sight or hearing at the Astoria Lions Club, help fundraise for local projects through the Warrenton Rotary Club, or inspire kids in the community through the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach Peninsula.
A great way to start eating healthier is to make your own meals using lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Several towns on the North Coast have their own farmers markets where you can find locally-grown produce and more. These include the Pacific City Farmers Market, which also features live entertainment; the Neskowin Farmers Market at Neskowin Beach State Recreation Site and the Tillamook Farmers Market. Looking for help trying to put these nutritious ingredients together? The North Coast Food Web is an organization in Astoria that helps families, schools and groups build cooking and nutrition skills.