Hate the gym? The same goes for many people who want to be healthy.
As health clubs and weight-loss programs begin to bombard New Year’s resolution makers, some San Franciscans may think 2024 is the perfect time to try a new strategy. That means let’s go outside.
“The pandemic has encouraged people to exercise outdoors,” said Christina Schubert, a fitness coach at Workout on the Hill, a boot camp-style cardio and strength training group that has been operating in Bernal Heights since 2003. I taught them the benefits of They prefer fresh air and nature to indoor gyms and studios. ”
Fortunately, San Franciscans have the opportunity to walk, hike, run, bike, climb, dance, and skate in or near the city. Also, most activities are free or very affordable.
Sure, winter weather isn’t always perfect, but the pandemic has helped with that, too. “If it rains, we meet on Zoom,” Schubert said.
Check out The Standard’s list of 31 outdoor fitness ideas below. If you do one workout a day in January, you’ll need lots of excuses not to show up.
1. Walk Ocean Beach
You’re guaranteed to get sand in your sneakers, but you’ll also be walking thousands of steps along Ocean Beach on the 6-mile round trip from Cliff House to the zoo. Just don’t turn your back on the ocean.
2. Paddle It Out
You’ve probably heard of “pop pop” and the controversy. Maybe it’s time to get in on the action? The San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks opened eight new pickleball courts at Carl Larsen Park this month. And in September, the city opened Northern California’s first padel courts at Embarcadero and Treasure Island. This game is a sport that combines tennis and squash and is played by 10 million people around the world. Need to learn the basics? Check out the Rec and Parks catalog for lessons offered this winter.
3. Reach Land’s End
Land’s End Trail offers perhaps the most spectacular views in the scenic city, with non-stop views on the 2-mile journey from Eagle’s Point on Sea Cliff to Point Lobos on Sutro Bus.
4. Try yoga in the fresh air
There’s nothing like a dog looking down at the view. Try an outdoor yoga session at Baker Beach or Golden Gate Park.
5. Hike Glen Canyon
It’s amazing how wild canyons are hidden within the hills of San Francisco. From Diamond Heights, there is a nearly two-mile walking trail that loops around Airais Creek and connects with other trails and rest areas in Glen Canyon, making it a refreshing way to start and end the day in the winter. Masu.
6. Dance in the Park
For 27 years, Lindy in the Park has hosted outdoor Lindy Hop swing dance sessions near the DeYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park. Don’t know how to swing? Don’t have a partner? no problem. Join us for our Sunday Beginners Session.
7. Bike the Bay Trail
There’s nothing quite like seeing a sunset as you drive the Bay Trail from Emeryville to Point Richmond along the eastern shore of the bay. It’s a 28-mile round trip, with views of the city, bridges, and Mount Tam all the way.
8. Zoom into the waterfall
Winter rains are perfect for amazing waterfall hikes. Head to Marin County for the quickest and easiest walk to two of the waterfalls, or even plan a day trip to one of the popular waterfall hikes around the bay.
9. Zumba outdoors
Rec and Parks offers drop-in Zumba cardio dance classes at Excelsior Playground, Golden Gate Park, and other locations around the city.
10. Travel around the city
Walking the 17-mile Crosstown Trail from bottom to top or top to bottom of San Francisco takes several very long days or half-day weekends, but it’s on every San Franciscan’s bucket list. This is a must-do trek. .
11. Birdwatching on Angel Island
Take the ferry to Angel Island State Park and stroll along the 6-mile Perimeter Loop Trail. Bring binoculars to catch a glimpse of the island’s dozens of bird species.
12. Climb the stairs
Many of San Francisco’s famous hills can be accessed through the Almost Famous Staircase. It’s also a hot spot for serious outdoor fitness enthusiasts. Beginners can try his Filbert Steps to Coit Tower, his Vulcan Staircase in Corona Heights, his 16th Street Tiled Staircase in Golden Gate Heights, his mural-lined staircase at the Excelsior, and his Ladder at Baker Beach Sands in the Presidio. Masu.
13. Loop the Lake
Enjoy biking, walking, and skating on the 7.5 miles of trails surrounding Lake Merced.
14. Attend a boot camp
The “boot camp” label may have passed its heyday, but the phenomenon of taking a cardio or strength training class at your local park remains popular. Workout on the Hill holds classes twice a week at Holly Park in Bernal Heights, but other bootcamps are held at locations around San Francisco. Check the website for classes and prices.
15. Walk among the butterflies
There’s still time to take a day trip to Santa Cruz to see the monarchs this winter. Spot butterflies in the trees at Lighthouse Field State Beach, then lead the 3-mile West Cliff Drive path along the ocean.
16. Cycling the Great Walkway
The two miles between Lincoln Way and Skyline Boulevard are a great beginner bike trail that offers a community feel and fresh ocean air.
17. Kayak the bay
Paddle along San Francisco’s stunningly beautiful east coast. Check out City Kayak for rentals near Mission Bay (and McCovey Cove) or Dogpatch Paddles for tours around Crane Cove Park.
18. Explore McLaren Park
Pedestrians can follow the two-mile Philosophy Path for a loop or two through McLaren Park, the city’s second-largest municipal park.
19. Learn or relearn tennis
Maybe it’s time for a classic paddle sport. Check out the variety of lessons offered by Rec and Parks, or book one of his 139 courts around San Francisco, pick up your racquet and try a lesson.
20. Presidio Boardwalk
After centuries of being cut off by military bases and highways, San Franciscans can once again walk from the bay to the Presidio Hill. With the completion of Tunnel Tops Park, visitors will be able to connect parts of the Presidio Promenade with the Golden Gate Promenade in a one-hour loop, stopping at Main Post, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point, and Crissy Field. , you will be able to return through the amazing scenery at the end. Tunnel Tops Park itself.
21. Skate the Park
Strap up your skates and blades and explore JFK Drive on eight wheels. Start at the Skate Place, ignore the “No Dancing” signs, and ride up and down the Golden Mile for as long as your thighs can handle.
22.The highest peak of bag SF
In just one mile, you can reach the 928-foot summit of Mount Davidson and descend to see the controversial cross.
23. Join a running club
Do you love jogging but find it hard to get off the couch? There are dozens of motivational running clubs around the city. Dolphin Southend Runners (“the city’s oldest and largest running club”), his SF branch of Hash House Harriers (“a drinking club with a running problem”), or Run Club SF (“the running club”) Let’s look at. “Social Club with Management Problems”). Check out our website for beginner sessions and search Meetup for other running club meetings and events.
24. Move carefully
Do you envy the peaceful Tai Chi practitioners you see in parks around town? Why not try it in 2024? SF Rec and Parks is offering free introductory Tai Chi lessons and Kung Fu lessons at the Jose Coronado Playground in the Mission.
25. Hike to the Golden Gate Panorama
Climb the steep fire road to Slacker Ridge in the Marin Headlands for 360-degree views of the bridge, bay, ocean and city.
26. Hip Hop at United Nations Plaza
Rec and Parks is holding a variety of sessions in the renovated UN Plaza Fitness Area. Free hip-hop dance classes are now offered daily.
27. Time travel through “Hippie Journey”
Reopening in early December after storm restoration, Olompari State Historical Park is a trippy journey through Bay Area history. Follow the 3-mile Miwok Loop Trail to discover how Native Americans lived for 1,500 years, locals fought the Americans to preserve the Bear Flag Republic, hippies built communes, and Grateful Jack from His Dead. Walk through an oak forest that has attracted celebrities up to Kerouac.
28. Swim in the bay
Only the stoutest dipper can brave the bay in winter or even summer. But the thousands of members of the Dolphin Club and South End Rowing Club are encouraging people to give it a try. For just $10, you can stop by to take advantage of the facilities and get expert tips on how to join the sci-fi version of the Polar Bear Club. Or, in a fit of temper, he can jump into one of the city’s public pools.
29. Trek through the charms of Tamu
If you haven’t yet hiked Tamalpais’ most famous trail, set aside some time to hike Dipsea or Steep Gorge on a Saturday in 2024.
30. Climb the wall
Strictly speaking, climbing gyms aren’t outdoor activities, but gyms around San Francisco are so cavernous that they make you feel like you’re outdoors. Check out specials and classes around the city, including Chrissy Field’s Movement, Mission Cliffs, Dogpatch Boulder at Dogpatch, Van His Ness’ Benchmark Climb, and more.
31. Run through the redwoods
Reinhardt Redwoods Regional Park is a beautiful valley with four miles of trails for jogging, walking, or just admiring the towering trees. Or choose another location for forest bathing in the redwood forests around the Bay Area or in downtown San Francisco. It’s a stress reliever that you can’t get at other gyms.
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