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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!
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.