The temperature’s getting warmer, the days are getting longer and we no longer have weather as an excuse to not work out. Fortunately, San Francisco residents aren’t restricted to running on treadmills at the local gym. Our workout options include some of the most unique and exciting ways to get our blood pumping and muscles moving. Here are five trends we’ll be checking out in the next few months.
Bike the San Francisco Bay Trail
If you’ve roamed the streets of San Francisco, you know that our residents love to bike. So, hop on the exercise bandwagon this spring and hit the San Francisco Bay Trail for a leisurely spin. The 500-mile flat trail traverses the entire bay, offering iconic vistas and access to plenty of beaches. Who doesn’t want to work out with a view?
Stretch Out During SUP Yoga
You’ve tried yoga. You’ve tried stand-up paddleboarding. But have you tried practicing yoga on a paddleboard offshore in Richardson Bay? It takes serious balance, perseverance and probably a good sense of humor to undertake one of these classes. With the physical benefits of a full-body workout and the gorgeous natural surroundings, it’s certainly worth trying!
Kayak in McCovey Cove
What if we told you one of the best ways to enjoy a Giants game doesn’t include a seat at a baseball stadium or a television screen? During baseball season, you can rent a kayak and a radio to listen to the game broadcast and paddle out behind Oracle Park. Tone your arms while you and other baseball fans keep your ears and eyes peeled for a chance at catching a splash hit.
Join a Running Club
Whether you want to train for a race like Bay to Breakers or just get your heart rate up, a running club may be just the exercise opportunity for you. San Francisco residents love to get social about their running endeavors, so you’re bound to find a group to run with at your ideal time, pace and distance.
Take a Walk
There are 48 named hills within San Francisco (and many other smaller ones), reaching incline gradients of up to 31.5%. Sometimes, just walking from a street parking spot to your destination is a workout in and of itself. You’ll never have to worry about skipping leg day again if you just take advantage of the city’s built-in workout courses on a regular basis.