Staying active keeps both the body and mind healthy. LA is overflowing with fun and entertaining ways to stay active, sometimes without even realizing it.
The best way to see LA is to take a hike and observe the city from above. Due to the mountains and forests that surround Los Angeles, there is an abundance of hiking trails, both for beginners and advanced hikers. To view LA in its entirety, you can hike to Griffith Park, or, if it’s a sea view you are after, try Corral Canyon Park. Hiking is an incredible form of exercise. Not only does it get your body moving, but the different landscapes and terrain you encounter on your journey keep your mind sharp and alert. Above all, hiking is an excellent chance to escape in nature, and find some peace away from the bustling city below.
LA has several amazing beaches, the most notorious of which is Santa Monica. Surfing is amazing for both cardio and strength fitness. Paddling out to sea will strengthen your back and shoulders, whilst riding waves strengthens your core and leg muscles. If you have never surfed before, but are eager to give it a go, there are plenty of services across LA that offer surf lessons, both one-on-one and in small groups. For beginners, El Porto in El Segundo is a great beach to begin surfing, and Sunset Beach off of the Pacific Coast Highway attracts a massive amount of surfers of all levels.
Whether you like running with a sea-view, or prefer more of a concrete-jungle experience, LA comes with plenty of stunning running locations. For sea-views, you can run from Santa Monica to Venice beach (5 miles), or head to Palisades Park (3 miles). Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in the US, spreads out over 4,300 acres of land, perfect for running on. There are countless running trails that you can take, however, the 6.3 miles Canyon Drive Trail, which takes you to the Hollywood sign, is one of the most popular. Running is a fantastic way to improve cardiovascular health, release mood-improving endorphins, and see the amazing city of LA.
If running isn’t really your thing, walking for just 30 minutes a day can improve the circulation in your body, strengthen your muscles, and release endorphins. All of the LA running trails available you can also walk, just look out for runners! LA is overflowing with incredible sights, such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which can be walked to and around. Even strolling down Santa Monica or Venice beach will up your step count. There are so many incredible things to see and do in LA, that you won’t even realise the amount you have walked in just one day.
Yoga is incredible at improving strength and flexibility, whilst providing a few moments of reflection and calmness. Across LA, you can find either free or donation-run yoga classes. From Runyon Canyon to Echo Park, these free classes are run by professional yoga instructors, and are just as effective as $25 yoga classes. Free yoga classes are often day and time specific, so it’s best to do some research before heading to one.