Outdoor exercising

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San Diego County is a haven for outdoor escapes and although the weather is heating up, that’s no excuse to sit locked up in an air conditioned room. Many areas throughout the county make a great place to enjoy the warmth and get some much needed exercise before beach season.

Although San Diego offers a nearly unlimited supply of beautiful nature activities like going to the beach, hiking makes for an invigorating exercise and nothing quite says bonding with a partner like a stroll through nature. Hikes can range from beginner to advanced depending on the area and one’s skill level. Torrey Pines State Reserve is an example of an easy trail that is fun and free.

Perched up against Torrey Pines beach there are various paths to select to go down and explore. With the air tinged with salt, the ocean is always within view which makes for breathtaking views.

A slightly more advanced hike (with more twist and turns) would be Iron Mountain, located near Poway. The best part about this 3 mile hike is upon completion, you’ll be perched atop a mountain with an expansive view, extending to Del Mar and coastal cities.

Mission Bay is one of the largest man-made aquatic parks in the country and is a local favorite for recreational activities, barbecuing and flying kites. About 4,235 acres, the park is composed of 46% land and 54% water which makes the perfect locale for not only walking or jogging, but also busting out those dusty roller blades. To take advantage of Mission Bay’s abundance of water, one can also rent a kayak, personal watercraft, or even wakeboard.

With its historic buildings dating back to the early 1900s, Balboa Park is renowned for being a cultural hub of museums and art galleries. But this scenic park makes for a great place for exercising as well. The tall buildings and abundance of trees makes Balboa Park significantly cooler and the perfect place for an afternoon jog. Also a notable place to stroll for hand-holding romantics, one can simply enjoy Balboa Park by bringing a Frisbee or a volleyball.

La Jolla cove is home to seven sea caves, which are carved out of a 75-million-year-old sandstone sea cliff. The cliff area is only accessible by kayak and is a great way to see the sights. It has become a popular attraction for those looking to enjoy La Jolla’s Ecological Reserve. Many agencies near to the shore offer kayaking and snorkeling tours for about $50 per person. Visitors are guided to the caves and then strap on the snorkeling gear and to see sea lions, leopard sharks, garibaldi, and shovelnose guitarfish.

San Diego offers an abundance of places to enjoy nice weather. In addition to lounging at the beach or window shopping, take a walk on the wild side and explore America’s finest city. You can even get a workout in, and trust me, it’s way better than going to the gym.

*Photos from Roebot and Matthew Bietz via Flickr

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