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Like in many West Coast metros, the phrase “rush hour” in San Diego doesn’t quite cut it, because traffic actually spans many hours, and it takes a whole lot of local savviness to get ahead of it (or behind or around or over or under).
Weaving your way through the madness can feel like a triumph, but what if you could get home from work without feeling like pulling your hair out?
Believe it or not, that dream is possible. Here are some tips to help you handle just about anything San Diego rush hour has to throw at you (minus the road rage).
It’s no secret that working out is one of the best ways to keep stress at bay. Stop off your route for a fitness class! Not only will you get rid of all that “I-hate-traffic-and-everyone-on-this-freeway” energy, but you’ll also have a rush of endorphins elevating your mood.
Finding a class that fits your schedule, daily route, and workout preferences may seem like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at the *tons* of studios on the Mindbody app for classes based on time, location, and fitness category so you can choose the best one for you. To make it even easier, we did some research (and tried some classes) for you! Check it out.
If you live up in North County...
Try a class at Lagree Fit & Versa Fit in South Oceanside right at the end of the 78. Their Versa Fit classes are only 30-minutes, and trust us, they’ll whip you into shape in the morning. Or if you like to work out on your way home, meet some friends for a Dollhouse Fitness pole dancing class or Pilates at Pilates Republic, both off the 5 in Encinitas.
If you work in the Carmel Valley/Sorrento Valley business district...
There’s plenty of great fitness studios you can hit right after work to kill some time before jumping in the heavy traffic going both north and south. There’s an F45 Training right off the 56 with 45-minute long cardio and strength training classes and a BARRE + bay wreath just above the 5-805 split (with barre, flowers, and coffee?!). Heading home towards PB? Infinite Fitness has got it all (bootcamp, Pilates, interval training, + more) right off the 5 in Bay Ho.
If you take the 805...
If you stick on the 805 during your commute, hop off for a quick Pilates class at Beyond Pilates in Normal Heights. Want to take out that pent-up road rage in a healthy way? Try BoxFit in North Park for a fun and challenging class. Maybe you’re more into bootcamp and strength training... try Renegade Fitcamp on University Ave to feel the burn.
If your office is downtown...
And at the very end of the 163 in Cortez Hill, there’s a great little yoga studio called (you guessed it) The Little Yoga Studio. Stop here for a post-work Vinyasa to calm yourself down before jumping on the road. On the way up the 5 in Bankers Hill, Saffron & Sage also has yoga, and they offer tons of wellness treatments as well if you’re feeling a little more adventurous. Want to sweat? belle + barre has a heart-pumping heated barre class off the 163 in Hillcrest. Don’t like the heat? Try Studio Barre right down the street (you don’t have to be a barre pro to try it)!
More of a passive listener than a daily exerciser? No problem—there’s more than one way to keep your cool when you hit that 5-805 Split. Rather than getting caught up in the relentless bobbing and weaving of other impatient drivers, or the stop-and-go flow of the cars in general, simply put on a podcast to keep you entertained (and grounded)!
If rush hour has you feeling especially frazzled, try playing The Mindful Podcast. This features short episodes that help you practice—you guessed it—mindfulness. You’ll be amazed how much a quick bout of meditation transforms your attitude toward the traffic.
Or maybe you’re more interested in something that will help you regain a positive perspective. The Happiness Lab podcast is full of impactful episodes on the science of happiness and tools to increase your overall positivity.
If you practice yoga or meditation regularly basis, you know how much breathing can transform your physical and mental responses to a situation. Instead of wracking yourself with tension as you try to make your way west on the 52, try out this simple breathing exercise:
1. Inhale through your nose slowly, trying to fill your lower lungs first before moving into
2. Hold the breath for three seconds.
3. Exhale slowly through your mouth, all while relaxing areas that commonly hold tension
such as your jaw and shoulders.
If you could use a little help relaxing, stop for a massage, facial, or body service (think peels, scrubs, and wine therapy) after work downtown at Alleviating Whispering Waters Day Spa. Then, turn on The Complete Rush Hour Chill Out Experience playlist, and you’ll be able to breathe through rush hour like a pro.
Essential oils are all the rage today, and for good reason. Certain aromas inspire relaxed physical responses, and others can boost your overall mood. For example, the smell of lavender oil impacts the limbic system, leading to an overall sense of calm. And pure rose can drop your adrenaline levels (*cough, cough* road rage).
Valerian and jasmine oils have also long been used to create a sense of relaxation. If you plan on using essential oils in the morning, jasmine may be your best bet, as it’s the least likely to cause any sort of drowsiness.
Lucky for us, there are so many different brands we can try! Whether you’re just beginning your morning commute from home near Chula Vista or trying to escape the throes of post-workday traffic near Sorrento Valley, you should always have essential oils on deck. Hint: invest in a car diffuser to achieve maximum calm!
Other than fitness classes, there are plenty of ways to kill time after work and wait for the traffic to die down. Ask some coworkers or friends to happy hour or dinner at your favorite healthy restaurant, grab a hard kombucha at JuneShine, pack a picnic and watch the sunset at a local park or lookout, or use an intro offer to try out cryotherapy at RejuvCryo & Wellness or a stretch sesh at Stretch U.
What about beauty services? If you need to make time for them anyways, why not schedule them along your route right after work? For threading, microblading, and more, try Omnia Salon in Hillcrest. For haircuts and styling, check out Wild Honey Salon in Bankers Hill. And for facials, waxing, body treatments, and more try Viva Brazil downtown.
Rush hour stress can be avoided simply by practicing kindness and empathy rather than feeding into anger and frustration. At the end of the day, you can’t control other people’s behaviors, you can only control your reactions.
The next time someone swerves in front of you just as you’re about to exit to your Downtown office, take a moment to consider that maybe they’re in an even bigger hurry than you are, or they might not have seen you. A little bit of empathy goes a long way to quelling your own tension.
No two ways about it—traffic f*cking sucks. San Diego rush hour is a unique beast, but it can be conquered with the right attitude and methods. Get in the right headspace, book a class at one of San Diego’s bountiful fitness studios, find a studio close to your offramp, and get back on the road without your fist out the window.
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.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.