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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!
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
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