Tired of doing the same workout routines? In need of a change of scenery at your local gym? Switch up your fitness workouts by trying these outdoor activities. It’s time to get fit in the City of Angels!
Along the Santa Monica Pier, you can try anything from paddleboarding, kayaking, scuba diving, surfing or skimboarding. You can find a lot of great deals for watersports off of LivingSocial.
2. Photography runs around Griffith Observatory
If you’ve ever watched the movie Yes! Man with Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel, you’ll remember how Allison (Deschanel’s character) instructed a running photography class that ran through the Griffith Observatory. Pick up a few disposable cameras with a friend and get to running!
3. Runyon Canyon
There are four trails – ranging in different levels of difficulty – that you can choose from. Unfortunately, there is limited parking, so you’ll want to consider coming early or parking further away. Another perk of exercising at Runyon Canyon is that you can participate in the free yoga sessions that take place at Yoga Park.
4. Hike to the Hollywood Sign
While people aren’t allowed to actually hike to Hollywood Sign, they’re able to get a great view of the iconic Los Angeles symbol from this trail. For trail directions to the Hollywood Sign, click here.
5. Santa Monica Stairs
Located at 4th Street and Adelaide Drive, the Santa Monica Stairs are great for cardio. There are two sets of stairs – wooden and concrete – to choose from, and you’ll notice the pros and cons of each. The concrete stairs are more narrow and tend to have more of the joggers/runners since it is less crowded. On the other hand, the wooden set of stairs is taller and wider, but it gets more crowded. The place can get fairly packed. After you’re done with your workout, why not hit the beach!?
6. Bike along the Santa Monica.
Santa Monica Beach Bicycle Rentals is significantly cheaper than competing rental stores allowing you to rent a bike for $15 per day. If you’re up for a longer bike ride, you can try out this 26-mile bike path along Santa Monica!