Fun Fitness Activities in San Diego

As one of the healthiest cities in the United States, San Diego knows how to accommodate an active lifestyle. Wedged between the ocean and the mountains, the city offers fitness activities that fit anyone’s preferences. From hillside hiking to beachfront yoga, we’ve come up with a list of our favorites fitness activities to enjoy around San Diego. 

Take Your Workout to the Beach

Start your morning with a beach workout on Shoreline Park Beach, located steps from Best Western Island Palms. The fresh, salty air and warm, powdery sand provide the perfect setting for your workout session. Add some cardio by following the Shelter Island walking path around the island. The bay and marina views along the way are sure to make your workout even more enjoyable.

Test Your Balance on the Water

Find your inner Zen — and your balance — on a stand-up paddleboard. Also known as SUP, stand-up paddleboarding requires balance and strength as you guide yourself across the water. When you’re ready to take it to the next level, sign up for one of the SUP yoga classes offered around the city. Embrace the scenic views and calm ocean water as you connect with the tranquil natural beauty around you. OEX Point Loma offers lessons and rentals on Shelter Island.

Take a Hike

Trails for all skill levels dot the mountains, hills, and cliffs of San Diego, California. Start by making your way up Cowles Mountain, a moderate, three-mile hike that ends at San Diego’s highest peak. Torrey Pines State Beach is also popular, with similar length and difficulty, plus coastal views of the Pacific Ocean. For a mellower option, walk anywhere along the 65 miles of paved trails in Balboa Park, suitable for explorers of all ages. No matter your skill level, you’re sure to find an enjoyable scenic hike somewhere in San Diego County.

Paddle It Out

Spend the day on the water discovering sea caves, taking in ocean views, and working out your upper body. Kayaking offers a low-impact workout paired with unique opportunities for exploration. Rent kayaks at Action Sports Rentals for a day of fun on the water.

If you’re already in San Diego, make sure to add these fantastic fitness activities to your workout schedule. And if you aren’t a local, come discover what makes the San Diego lifestyle so enjoyable — Best Western Island Palms will be happy to show you how it’s done.