Destination Active Lifestyle: A Newcomer’s Guide to SoCal
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Article by: Jane Moore
Workouts don’t have to be done exclusively in a gym, and if you are fortunate enough to live in a place as scenic as SoCal, there are tons of places nearby to get in a workout while enjoying the great outdoors. The decision to move to SoCal likely didn’t come without a great deal of contemplation, but now that you’ve made the plunge, use this guide for helpful moving tips and suggestions to get your active lifestyle kicked off with a bang.
Moving is often synonymous with stress, but it doesn’t have to be. With these moving tips, you’ll be settled in in no time.
● Declutter before you pack.
● Make unpacking organized.
● Put stuff in storage until you settle in.
● Plan for your first night.
Sweat It Out, Soak It In
The beauty of getting active outside is that you can cater it to your needs and endurance level. Swimming, biking, hiking, running, and even a walk on the beach can all provide great ways to stay fit and healthy, and SoCal has plenty to offer for all of these, all while taking in the natural, scenic beauty. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
It’s always a great idea to make time for your yoga practice, and in SoCal, there are plenty of opportunities to do just that. Whether you want to take your mat to the beach for a private session between you and the ocean breeze or you want to try out one of the area’s many great yoga studios (Pure Love Yoga is a great option!), working time into your day to day for some yoga will help relieve stress, reduce anxiety, and get in great shape.
The Thousand Steps
This destination is not for the faint of heart; a giant outdoor staircase is a great way to get fit, but keep in mind that you’ll be sore for days unless you’re already extremely in shape. Located in a relatively secluded spot in Laguna Beach, only the most dedicated people attempt it. While the number of steps actually total 223, you’ll feel like you’ve climbed 1,000 steps when you’re through. You should make sure to bring along plenty of water and stay hydrated during your climb, and stop if you start to feel cramps. The sea caves, pristine sand, open ocean, and lavish houses are worth the trek down. Just remember, you’ll have to go back up.
Solana Beach offers access to five different secluded beach spots, making this the beach goldmine. The northern tip is home to Seaside and the Table Tops, a reef that has large breaking swells, making this a prime spot for surfing. If you’d prefer a relaxing walk and picnic, the grassy area in Fletcher Cove is perfect. For the adventurous, take some time to explore the caves carved into the cliffs.
Surfing is an extremely popular activity in SoCal, so why not join in on the fun and learn to surf the waves too? Zuma Surf & Swim offers lessons customized to your experience level, with options for adults and children. The instructors teach with the goal of getting you comfortably up on the wave so you can eventually do it on your own at one of the many popular surfing locations around SoCal.
Mission Bay Park
Located in San Diego, Mission Bay Park offers equal parts land and water for swimming, windsurfing, boating, hiking, or biking, all while enjoying the stunning views of the ocean. The park is the perfect area for picnics or family gatherings, and even offers playgrounds for children.
At 1,942 feet, the Oceanside Pier is one of the longest wooden piers on the West Coast. It is a popular spot for fishing and surfing, and you’re sure to get up close with a pelican or two. With the gorgeous view it’s an easy way to stay active, and the end of the pier offers a reward in the form of the famous Ruby’s Diner.
More Things to Do
Once you’ve adequately gotten your sweat on, why not explore some of the other fun things to do in SoCal? You could…
● Get up close with marine life at SeaWorld.
● View the Hollywood sign from the Griffith Observatory.
● Visit nearly 100-year-old Knott’s Berry Farm.
● Spend the day at the San Diego Zoo.
● Find your favorite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
SoCal offers countless opportunities for fun, movement, and exploration, making it the perfect place to call home. What are you waiting for?