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With many locals, not including fitness services in the list of essential businesses, a lot of people are looking for home workout exercises so they can stay active from the comfort of their own home.
At the Keri Shull Team, we know how important personal fitness is for many Arlingtonians, so we decided to ask an expert about how you can keep your blood pumping and stay limber during the COVID-19 lockdown!
Christa Aiken is a former member of the Washington Redskins’ cheerleading squad, traveling with the team for 4 years. Since leaving the team, she has begun teaching fitness classes at workout studios in Dupont Circle and Clarendon — and she joined the Keri Shull team as a member of our Buyer Advocate Team!
We met up with Christa in Rocky Run Park in Clarendon to show you some exercises that you can do at home! These workouts and stretches are a perfect way to get your morning started right, or to take a break from your work-at-home routine and get your muscles (and mind) loose! Here are the top 4 exercises for home workouts that Christa showed us:
Good Morning Stretch
Let’s face it — most of us don’t stretch as much as we probably should. The Good Morning Stretch is a great place to start building the habit of keeping your muscles warm and loose. The stretch itself is straightforward and beginner-friendly, but it is a great move for people of all experience levels
Here’s how you do a Good Morning Stretch: Stand up to your full height — make sure not to slouch your back at all! By keeping a good form with a straight back throughout the entire movement, you will ensure that your lower back gets a good stretch.
With your back and legs straight, steadily bend at the waist as far as you can or until your torso is parallel with the ground. Hold the stretch for a few moments, then slowly return to the starting position. It’s important to perform this stretch with steady motions so you can properly relax and warm your muscles.
Muscles targeted: The Good Morning Stretch is ideal for loosening the abdominal oblique muscles in your lower back, as well as the hamstrings in your upper leg. You might also feel a stretch in your calves.
Because of the ease of this stretch and the muscle groups targeted, it is an ideal movement for people who are seated for long periods of time. This quick exercise can help keep the muscles and tendons in your lower body loose and oxygenated, so make sure to take some breaks while working from home and do some Good Morning stretches.
Inchworm Into Runner’s Lunge
For a full-body stretch, there are few better exercises that you can do from home than the Inchworm Into Runner’s Lunge. This movement hits muscle groups across your entire body, making it an ideal stretch for improving mobility from tip to toe.
Here’s how you do an Inchworm Into Runner’s Lunge: Start like you would with a Good Morning stretch — back and legs straight, but not locked. Raise your arms above your head to stretch out your core and shoulders, then bend at the waist until you can put your fingertips on the ground in front of you. From there, walk your hands out while keeping your feet in place until your hands are a yard in front of your feet.
Lift your right hand off the ground and lunge your right leg forward, keeping your left hand and foot where they were. Your right foot and left hand should be even with each other, if possible. In a fluid motion, twist your torso until your right hand is pointed to the ceiling. Hold that position for a moment, then return your right hand and right foot to their original position and repeat the movement with your left hand and foot.
One of the best things about this movement is that you can perform it as a stretch or as a cardio exercise, depending on your speed. So not only is it great for getting muscles all across your body loose, it is also an effective way to get your heart rate up and your blood pumping!
Muscles Targeted: Because this exercise involves a lot of stability, it targets a large host of muscles across your body including your deltoids, triceps, pectorals and abdominal muscles in your upper body, as well as your glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves in your lower body.
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Ever throw a party and wonder if anyone will come? How about throwing an anniversary party and knowing people can’t come?
Richard Hartogs, and the rest of the team at Rocket Frog Brewing Company find themselves celebrating their second year of brewing virtually, hosting a Zoom Happy Hour last night. Rocket Frog came out of the gate strong their first year with a Great American Beer Festival Bronze for their Wallops Island Brown Ale.
For many new breweries, that first year can all blur together. In their sophomore season, there are at least reference points to look back on. Per Richard, “it felt like we were finally in a good groove — probably our best as a working production brewery–in February.” And then all those lessons learned had to be shelved for one guiding idea: adapt.
Rocket Frog closed their taproom ahead of Gov. Northam’s executive order and were early adopters of “Biermi,” a beer pick-up and delivery app developed by DMV-area brewery, True Respite. I can say from personal experience their pick-up operation is one of the smoothest and safest of any brewery I have ordered beer from in the last two months. Hand sanitizer is available for guests, staff members are in gloves and masks, and orders can be picked up from tables or brought outside for contactless curbside pick-up with a quick phone call.
Closing the taproom may have been a quick decision, but it certainly wasn’t easy. “We had to lay off some brewery staff. That was hard on Russell (Carpenter, PhD, Head Brewer), but we’ve recently brought them back in for some hours and hope to have him back soon.”
Next challenge: anniversary plans. Richard is no stranger to virtual or in-person beer meetups, having run Beer Head on meetup.com and being a regular contributor to the YouTube beer show Better Beer Authority. Last night, co-hosting with CJ Cross of Hops N Shine in Del Ray, Rocket Frog had their anniversary via Zoom.
Was it as good as an in person event? No. Adaptation is like that. We do what we can while we can. Maybe we find ways, bit by bit, to improve, to move from surviving to thriving. Right now at Arrowine we seem to adapt to something new each day. Until we can see you all again, we’ll be here operating as safely as possible, providing you the assortment of beers, wines, cheeses, and more that help bring some comfort into your home.
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Looking for a home? There are plenty of houses and condos open for viewing this weekend.
3957 S. 9th Street
2 BD/3 BA, 1 half bath condo
Agent: Fairfax Realty Select
Open: Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Just Listed highlights Arlington properties that just came on the market within the past week. This feature is written and sponsored by Andors Real Estate Group.
This week’s numbers don’t look like coronavirus numbers! Arlingtonian’s put 68 properties online this week — all of the buyers will be out in force this weekend trying to snatch them up.
Showings are way up in Arlington over the past couple weeks — I mentioned in late March and early April that we had seen a solid decline, but agents are reporting going on multiple tours per week. Additionally, many homes that sold this past week after less than 7 days on market received close to 20 showings in their first 3-4 days!
The higher price points in Arlington are also moving aggressively, with some builders pre-selling $2.4m homes before the old home is even torn down — talk about consumer confidence…
The Andors Real Estate Group is proud to have JUST LISTED 2320 N. Florida Street, Arlington, VA 22207 — $925,000. This stunning, expanded all-brick Arlington colonial is move-in ready with 3 beds, 2.5 baths and a stunning landscaped and hardscaped backyard. Featuring a unique upstairs family room leading to a rear facing balcony, you won’t want to miss this home!
There are currently 256 homes for sale in Arlington. 137 are detached homes, 25 are townhouses/semi-detached, and 94 are condos. Average days on market (DOM) is 57 and median DOM is 34.
Sellers listed some 68 properties for sale this week. Buyers ratified 63 contracts, 31 of which were homes that had been on the market one week or less. The median list price of available properties is $1,084,500, while the average is $1,185,375.
Last year for the same week, sellers listed 68 homes and buyers ratified 73 contracts. This is the closest we’ve been since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in Northern Virginia to last year’s numbers for the same week.
Click here to search currently available Arlington real estate. Call the Andors Real Estate Group today at (703) 203-1117 to talk more about buying or selling Arlington real estate. Below are eight homes that are new this week that I think you might like to check out.
- 3800 N. Fairfax Drive #701, Arlington, VA 22203 – $540,000
- 1812 S. Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22204 – $729,000
- 2401 N. Vernon Street, Arlington, VA 22207 – $925,000
- 2320 N. Florida Street, Arlington, VA 22207 – $925,000
- 6234 22nd Road N., Arlington, VA 22205 – $1,235,000
- 212 N. Highland Street, Arlington, VA 22201 – $1,500,000
- 209 N. Fillmore Street, Arlington, VA 22201 – $1,550,000
- 3526 N. Ohio Street, Arlington, VA 22207 – $2,295,000
Title insurance is boring, but Allied Title & Escrow is here to decode the jargon and make it (somewhat) more interesting. This biweekly feature will explore the mundane (but very necessary!) world of title insurance while sharing interesting stories of two friends’ entrepreneurial careers.
For this week’s edition of Boring Title, we wanted to provide you with an update on how COVID-19 has affected the real estate market in the DC area.
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One year ago today, ARLnow reported on the Arlington County Board’s decision to loosen zoning regulations on accessory dwelling units — also known as backyard cottages.
Now that you can build separate dwellings in your backyard — to house grandma and grandpa, host an au pair, or generate rental income — the question is: who do you get to build it?
Luckily, there’s a local small business that specializes in doing just that, and they’re a new sponsor of ARLnow, helping us bring you local news at a crucial time.
Backyard Homes was founded by Michael Novotny, who traded a career in commercial real estate development for an opportunity to help local homeowners while doing his small part to help solve the area’s housing shortage.
The company offers a variety of models that are built to last and can be built fast once Backyard Homes pulls permits from the county on your behalf.
Needless to say, during a pandemic the utility of a separate dwelling on your property has become increasingly clear for those who work in health care, who have older family members living with them, or who want a steady source of supplemental income. If that describes you, give this homegrown business a look.
Thank you to Backyard Homes for supporting local news during this time.
This column is written and sponsored by Arlington Arts/Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development.
With a centuries-long tradition of bringing people together in groups large and small, the impact on the Arts has been seismic.
Arlington Arts continues to pro-actively look out for resources to assist arts organizations, arts administrators and individual artists impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Here is just a sample of resources available to performers and artists of all disciplines who have been impacted by the pandemic.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Arts Funding: Update and Action items from Grantmakers in the Arts.
- Field-wide responses & calls to action
- Racial equality & justice response
- Webinars, articles & resources
- Information hubs
- Rapid Response & Emergency Funds
Coronavirus Resources for Artists, Creative Workers & Organizations from Springboard for the Arts, an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists.
- Emergency Relief Fund Resources for Individuals
- Emergency Resources for Organizations
- Links to other resource pages
- Principles for Ethical Cancellation
Workforce Relief, Charitable Giving Incentives, and NEA Funding Included in Third COVID-19 Relief Package.
- The Association of Performing Arts Professionals and League of American Orchestras have sourced key points and are providing an in-depth analysis of the relief package
Resources for COVID-19 Crisis from Embracing Arlington Arts.
- Well-being of ourselves
- Financial Assistance
- Continuing Programming Through the Community
- Pro-Bono/In-Kind Expertise Available
For a full list of resources, visit and bookmark our web page. Updates will be provided as new resources become available.
Arlington’s newest Pet of the Week is Mango.
Here is what Mango has to say about how the house is being run now that the owners are around full-time:
It has been a few months and my two direct reports are finally working full-time hours, as I requested. My care is a full time job, and I will not tolerate slacking. They sit at the table together, staring into their machines for 8 hours a day – but at least they are able to take direct commands when I am hungry. They call me “Mango.” I am not sure why. I am not an orange colored fruit – I am not even orange! Perhaps this means “boss” or “leader” in their language
Our days are structured as follows: when the early morning light arrives I know it is time to eat. My direct reports need some extra motivation. I climb the clothing tower of doom, jumping off directly onto their backs. If this does not rouse them, I start on the dresser. One by one, things “fall” off, creating satisfying thumping noises when they hit the ground. Finally, one of them is up and we have breakfast together. Naps take up much of the day, and playtime arrives sooner than expected. Evenings are for zooming around the apartment and laying belly-up, ready to snap shut on unsuspecting hands.
Lately, the direct reports have been violating our office’s strict open door policy. They sometimes leave their desks to enter the room with the litter box and porcelain throne, shutting the door behind them. I find myself forced to awaken from my nap, and throw my small body against the door with all of my force until it opens. Once inside I do nothing but sit on the table where water comes out, asserting my dominance. They seem to be starting to understand that this is a non-negotiable part of their contract.
Each week, “Just Reduced” spotlights properties in Arlington County whose price have been cut over the previous week. The market summary is crafted by Arlington Realty, Inc. Maximize your real estate investment with the team by visiting www.arlingtonrealtyinc.com or calling 703-836-6000 today!
Please note: While Arlington Realty, Inc. provides this information for the community, it may not be the listing company of these homes.
We’re coming up on one of the most important days of the year: Memorial Day.
In case the online sales ads or the (likely) day off of work hasn’t caught your attention just yet, it is this Monday, May 25. Memorial Day is and should be about much more than just a day off. It’s a day to remember and thank the selfless souls that gave their lives fighting for our country.
To our military heroes that are no longer with us and their families, our endless gratitude and hearts go out to you today… and every day for that matter.
We live in a military region and, among the clients we’ve served throughout the decades, it’s been nothing but a pleasure assisting our military families. If and when we can help, we’re here for you, just as you have been here for us.
From the team at Arlington Realty, Inc., we hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day holiday.
As of May 18, there are 157 detached homes, 34 townhouses and 104 condos for sale throughout Arlington County. In total, 20 homes experienced a price reduction in the past week:
- 1881 N. Nash Street #2301, 22209 — NOW: $3,995,000 (Reduced $400,000 on 5/14)
- 2330 N. Vermont Street, 22207 — NOW: $1,995,000 (Reduced $105,000 on 5/14)
- 1837 N. Hartford Street, 22201 — NOW: $1,400,000 (Reduced $49,000 on 5/14)
- 4011 N. Nelly Custis Drive, 22207 — NOW: $998,000 (Reduced $47,000 on 5/12)
- 5608 1st Street S., 22204 — NOW: $730,000 (Reduced $19,999 on 5/13)
- 1107 S. Walter Reed Drive #304, 22204 — NOW: $684,900 (Reduced $5,000 on 5/14)
- 1200 S. Crystal Drive #514, 22202 — NOW: $470,000 (Reduced $5,000 on 5/14)
Please note that this is solely a selection of Just Reduced properties available in Arlington County. For a complete list of properties within your target budget and specifications, contact Arlington Realty, Inc.
This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by Eli Tucker, Arlington-based Realtor and Arlington resident. Please submit your questions to him via email for response in future columns. Enjoy!
Question: How many real estate agents conducted business in Arlington last year?
Answer: There were 2,782 real estate transactions in Arlington that were recorded in the MLS in 2019, totaling $1.96B in sales volume. So how many different real estate agents do you think were involved in those transactions?
Now keep in mind that there’s usually two agents on each side of a deal, but that’s still a ton of agents involved within a relatively small (26 square mile) community. Below are some interesting takeaways:
- 59.4% (1,316) of agents did one transaction in Arlington and just .6% (14) agents handled 20 or more transactions
- 1,496 different agents represented Arlington buyers with 1.1% (17) of them representing 10 or more buyers
- 1,258 different agents represented Arlington homeowners on the sale of their home with 2.1% (26) representing 10 or more homeowners
- Of agents who conducted two or more transactions in Arlington, the average agent conducted 4.5 transactions in Arlington
- Keri Shull and her team once again lead Arlington in total transactions and volume by a wide margin, representing 119 buyers and 76 homeowners/builders, for a total of just over $133M in total volume
- Other than Keri Shull’s team, no other agent/team represented more than 1% of the buyer or seller market in Arlington
Most studies suggest that consumers are less concerned with measures like sales volume and more focused on the strength of communication and trustworthiness of the agent they’re working with, but market expertise and experience are still important factors for most people.
While some may see the low barrier to entry to real estate licensing and high volume of agents as a negative, it also means that you have a lot of choices as a consumer and, with some effort, can make sure that you’re working with somebody who provides the type and style of service you’re looking for.
If you’d like a question answered in my weekly column or to set-up an in-person meeting to discuss local real estate, please send an email to [email protected]. To read any of my older posts, visit the blog section of my website at www.EliResidential.com. Call me directly at (703) 539-2529.
Eli Tucker is a licensed Realtor in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland with RLAH Real Estate, 4040 N. Fairfax Dr. #10C Arlington, VA 22203, (703) 390-9460.
Sponsored by Monday Properties and written by ARLnow, Startup Monday is a weekly column that profiles Arlington-based startups and their founders, plus other local technology happenings. Monday Properties remains firmly committed to the health, safety and well-being of its employees, tenants and community. This week, Monday Properties is proudly featuring 1000 and 1100 Wilson (The Rosslyn Towers).
A Rosslyn-based company that keeps those at on the job or at school in contact over security-related issues is pivoting the toward sharing COVID-19 information as localities start to reopen.
LiveSafe is a mobile and web-based platform that enables employees and students to communicate safety concerns with managers and administrators. The company has been around for six years, but with the economy starting to reopen CEO Carolyn Parent said they wanted to shift to using their platform to help companies and employees communicate about plans for reopening and employees’ health status.
“When COVID hit, all our customers wanted to update [their companies] with CDC links,” Parent said. “Now we’re seeing back to work safety as a major issue, from restaurants in Arlington to bigger businesses.”
Parent said companies are asking how they can bring employees back and assure them that they aren’t being put at risk. To that end, Parent said LiveSafe has created a new module called WorkSafe that’s specifically about COVID-19 and workplace safety.
“Businesses can license this and use it for that sole purpose,” Parent said. “WorkSafe gives you the ability for employees to conduct daily health checks back into their companies, with either an ‘I feel okay’ or ‘I don’t.'”
Parent said the new program is being offered free for restaurants with only one location. For chain locations, it’s $50 per month, per location.
“We’re making it free for smaller businesses with one location,” Parent said. “Main Street America does need to come back.”
Parent said WorkSafe can also utilize surveys to allow companies to get feedback on opening from employees, as well as offer links to health protocols.
“The approach to prevention that many companies are doing is that once these employees show up to work, they’re taking temperatures at the door,” Parent said. “But if you are sick, you shouldn’t do that. It should be done before you leave the house [as] part of a morning ritual. We really feel like that can be a helpful way to have an observable, verifiable way of encouraging the right kind of behavior.”
Parent said part of the idea came from LiveSafe’s work with Hungry, a separate Arlington startup whose founders also co-founded LiveSafe.
Parent said Hungry’s challenge was that their spread-out workforce meant they needed a reliable way to check in with a large network of people to see who is healthy and available to work.
For employees, WorkSafe allows them to report (anonymously, if they so choose) health concerns like a lack of personal protective equipment or other issues that could arise after the pandemic.
“There is a whole collective idea that we have a responsibility to each other to communicate these things,” Parent said.
Image via LiveSafe