#1: Shop at Farmers Markets:
Eating organic and purchasing from local farmers can often seem challenging and expensive. One of the amazing benefits of living in beautiful California is that we get the freshest fruits and vegetables. In San Diego we can go to a Farmers Market everyday of the week. Here is a helpful picture listing all the Farmers Markets at different days of the week. We found this list at http://sdfarmbureau.org/BuyLocal/Farmers-Markets.php. Our personal favorite is the North Park one since it's so close to our office, and who doesn't love a nice stroll through North Park?
Sometimes it's refreshing to leave the gym by going outside and hikes are the best way to get some of that San Diego fresh air. There are too many trails to really list on this blog about health in San Diego. Maybe we'll have to make a complete separate blog post about hiking trails in San Diego. But, for now our personal favorites are listed below:
This is an interesting hike because it is the highest point in the City of San Diego, yet it's also a great hike for beginners or even those who never work out. It's not very steep and you'll find dogs, beginners, children and seniors taking on this hike. Don't get us wrong if you pick a good pace you will definitely get a work out and work up a sweat. When you get to the top you can take the most breathtakin pictures of San Diego and also "check in" on Instagram: "On top of Cowles MOuntain 1,591 feet".
B. Torrey Pines Trail
Speaking of breathtaking views, this may be the best of the best as the trail hugs along the cliffs of Torrey Pines and over the beautiful beaches. This is also not a difficult hike and it's just a great way to spend quality time with family on a day off. The best time for this hike is around sunset when it's not too hot and you get to see the most beautiful sunset.
Don't let the intimidating name fool you this is also a nice hike for all levels. You are greeted with a cool looking ranch-style sign and at the top you'll find a beautiful view of Ramona.
For all these hikes we recommend sunscreen, hats, lots of water and a some snacks. This hike will also have less of a crowd then the other two (Cowles and Torrey Pines).
Going back to our healthy in San Diego list...
#3 Do Yoga
Yes you can practice Yoga in practically every city of the United States, but what makes Yoga even better in San Diego is all the different types of Yoga to practice and all the different locations to practice at. For example, you can do Yoga on a paddle board out on the bay... talk about working on your balance. You can also find people doing Yoga at the beach and taking in that fresh salt water air. There are so many different types of Yoga you can choose from in San Diego. From Heated (Bikrum), Prenatal, Aerial Yoga, Acro Yoga and the list goes on.
You can accomplish this on any beach, it's just a matter of lacing up those tennis shoes and doing it.
#5 Do water activities
paddle boarding - Great way to work on your balance and those abs. You will feel like you had a complete body workout after a good 40 minutes to an hour adventure. Additionally, you may see some fun wild life like sea lions, fish, seagulls, jellyfish and more. There's nothing quite like a good workout coupled with nature.
surfing - This is an activity you can do all year long as long as you have a wet suit. There's something euphoric and relaxing about surfing, this activity will definitely release those endorphins.
swimming the cove - Again something you can do all year long as long as you have a wet suit. If you swim all the way to the pier and back it's a 3 mile swim. But on top of that you're swimming against wind and waves so it's not a nice and easy 3 mile pool swim. (I would recommend wearing fins.) It's so fun seeing the seals and the fish, but be careful not to swim through the jelly fish, that is never a fun experience.
kayaking - this is a lot like paddle boarding where you can get a great arm and ab workout while also being in the great outdoors. If you kayak in La Jolla you can go through the caves but be careful of the tides.
Of course we're going to encourage some acupuncture because it's so relaxing and invigorating. There are many acupuncturists throughout San Diego so finding a good one will not be a difficult task. Going in at least once a month can be a great way to maintain your health.
These mud caves are located east in Borrego Springs and they are really fun to hike through, although they can also be very dangerous so it wouldn't hurt to go with a guide first.
In San Diego you have the option of both outdoor and indoor rock climbing. For those who like the outdoors you can tackle Mission Gorge Rock climbing and if you just want that quick workout you can go to indoor rock climbing like Solid Rock Gym. http://www.solidrockgym.com/