Fitness + Outdoors
It’s Indian summer in San Francisco, and temperatures are on the rise. As are the local luminaries in our annual Hot 20, er . . . Hot 30. That’s right. We were so impressed by the crop of talent and brains moving the needle this year—in fields as diverse as technology, music, education, sports, and arts—that we added 10 bright stars to our list.
Most Bay Area locals have a tendency to take San Bruno Mountain for granted, a grassy, often fog shrouded lump looming alongside the Bayshore freeway. Situated just south of the San Francisco - San Mateo county line, it’s considered to be the northernmost peak of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The majority of the mountain lies within the 2,300 plus acres of San Bruno Mountain State Park, a unique open-space island in the midst of the north peninsula's dense urbanization.
With Santa Cruz to the South, Marin to the North and Tahoe to the East, there’s some decent mountain biking in the Bay Area. But you don’t have to get in a car or spend a full weekend away to get some good trail riding in. There are plenty of fun trails here in the city—or just a bike or BART ride away. Here are my top picks for car-free local and legal mountain biking right:
The days may be shorter but the city is warmer and this weekend is promising temps in the upper 70's (finally!).
A San Francisco summer day is best spent in our crown jewel of Golden Gate Park where you can walk, bike, skate, picnic, play, and laze the day away. There are endless secret spots to stumble upon and you could spend years exploring and never see it all.
Need inspiration? Here's how some locals and visitors spent last weekend in the park.
Before this summer, I had never run more than a mile at a time and thought a burpee was something only babies did. I am not an athlete. But this Sunday, I have to be.
In just over a day, I'll be joining five of my closest friends in what will perhaps be the most ridiculous challenge of our lives to date. For this, we blame Brian, who started obsessing about team-building activities earlier this year and got the harebrained idea that we'd all love to try a Tough Mudder—you know, that crazy obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces that tests "your all around strength, stamina, and mental grit." Clearly, persuasion is Brian's forte—by July, all of us suckers had signed up for the team.
To my mind, there’s no better way to spend a late summer day than to take a bike ride in Wine Country. This loop up and around Sonoma Mountain can done in as little as two hours or extended in to a day long excursion.
September is National Yoga month, with many free events and classes happening around the city. No matter if you are a pro at supta baddha konasana or are still struggling to touch your toes, now is the perfect time to try yoga for the first time, check out a fresh studio, or experiment with a new style. Here are some ways to get your yoga on—without spending a dime.