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San Diego—home to beautiful beaches, tasty tacos, bountiful breweries, and fitness fanatics. Whether you’re a local or a visitor here, you can find tons of studios, classes, and outdoor activities to meet your fitness goals. Here’s a few of our favorite San Diego workouts to try next time you’re in town!
You might already know—San Diegans love yoga. In fact, San Diegans surveyed in the Mindbody Wellness Index ranked yoga (gentle and/or power) as their #1 most practiced group fitness type. But you may not have heard about some of the unique ways they like to practice it. From indoors and outdoors to upside down or floating, San Diego’s got it all when it comes to yoga.
Stand up paddleboarding (aka SUP) is a sport enjoyed by many in San Diego. You can paddle calmly across a lake or lagoon or take to the open ocean for stand up paddle surfing. But to really find your balance, try SUP yoga. In class, you’ll float on the water, breathe in the salty air, enjoy the scenery, disconnect, and find your center. If you’re up in North County, check out Floating Yogis on the Carlsbad Lagoon. And if you’re further south, try SunChaser SUP on Mission Bay! But if you’re not yet ready to leave the beach, don’t worry, there are tons of outdoor yoga classes in this sunny city.
Aerial yoga is another fave of San Diego locals. Take your practice sky high and gain a new perspective as you use a hammock to hold your poses in the air. San Diego has tons of great aerial yoga spots—if you want some fresh air, try Elka Yoga & Wellness in Point Loma Heights or Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla for outdoor classes with a view. Or, if you’re up in North County, check out Aerial Theory in San Marcos!
Your yoga instructor might have a great go-to playlist to put on during class, but do they ever bring in a live band? At a few studios in San Diego, you can get the full experience as you chaturanga to the sound of live instruments. Check out Riffs Studios in La Jolla for outdoor yoga with guitar or Soul of Yoga in Encinitas for live Sitar events and yoga with sound healing.
In a city that’s always sunny, of course people love to get their sweat on outside. In addition to all the outdoor yoga, there are plenty of other ways to stay active in the San Diego sunshine. Driving down the SD beaches, you may see people running, walking, hiking, surfing, playing beach volleyball or soccer, and more. Here are some of our favorite outdoor workout trends!
If you haven’t seen Mindbody’s annual Wellness Index this year, you’re missing out. But also, you probably don’t know that outdoor walking is the type of exercise most frequently practiced by the San Diegans surveyed. This beautiful city has no shortage of paths and hiking trails, so you can try a new one every weekend if you want! Start by hiking the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve for beautiful ocean views, or if you'd prefer an easy walk, stroll along the Carlsbad Sea Wall!
This one’s a no-brainer. Whether you’re a pro, a grom, or a surfing newbie, you can get a gnarly workout catching some waves. San Diego has 70 miles of coastline and *tons* of beaches so you can find the perfect place to hang ten. If you’ve never tried it before or just want to improve, check out Pacific Beach Surf Shop in PB for group surf lessons!
Hint: Check out our San Diego Wellness Guide for more outdoor activities!
Fine, we’ll admit it—you can’t do everything outside. Some exercises are just meant for an indoor gym or studio. Don’t worry. San Diego has lots of great studios so you can sweat to your heart’s desire. Whether your go-to is Pilates, barre, HIIT, or kickboxing, you’ll always be able to find a class.
Exactly what it sounds like, the ever-popular strength training is any form of exercise that builds muscle, usually through resistance (like with weights or bands). Browse the class schedules at F45 or Performance360 and grab a protein shake to start building that San Diego beach bod.
If they’re not already doing it, many people in San Diego would love to try kickboxing. A great way to get toned, take your anger out, and have fun, kickboxing is a unique form of exercise that’s definitely worth a shot (pun intended). In San Diego, there’s a few different studios that offer boxing and kickboxing classes. Some of our faves? American Boxing Muay Thai & Fitness in Pacific Beach or Maxwell’s Boxing in Miramar!
If you’re looking to try something a little more adventurous, indoor climbing is where it’s at. If you want to learn techniques and build the strength to climb, sign up for a Ninja 101 class at NXPT in La Jolla! Or if you’re feeling brave and just want to start scaling, head to Vital Climbing Gym in Oceanside to try it out. Not sure what to expect? Here’s what you should know before you go.
Whether you want to escalate your wellness game in San Diego, find fitness classes near you, or try a new studio with some *sweet* intro deals, download the Mindbody app to start exploring!
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.