Five tips for staying active in the summer
By Robert Hopwood
Exercise is one of the pillars of good health, and the Coachella Valley offers us a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy.
Unfortunately, during the summer, as the daytime high shoots well past 100, too many of us sit at home in the air conditioning and stream Netflix. Workouts get forgotten, and our health suffers.
With a bit of planning and creativity, that doesn’t have to happen.
There are options for people who step outside. Below are ways to add activity to your life and make the summer a little more enjoyable.
Take a hike
- The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (1 Tramway Road, Palm Springs) takes people up Mount San Jacinto, where you will find much cooler temperatures and more than 50 miles of hiking trails. More: pstramway.com or (888) 515-8726.
- The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650 mile trail that runs from Mexico to Canada. It crosses the San Jacinto Mountains, where it’s much cooler than the desert, before dropping into the valley and cutting through a corner of Palm Springs. There is a trailhead along State Route 74, just west of Pinyon Pines. More: pcta.org.
- Idyllwild is a resort community nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s known for hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding.
- Oak Glen, located in the San Bernardino Mountains, is known for its apple orchards, family picnics and hiking.
Go for a walk
- Take an early morning walk around your neighborhood before it gets too hot. Late evenings are another option.
- The Westfield Palm Desert mall (72-840 California 111, Palm Desert) has two floors where walkers can exercise during mall hours. More: westfield.com/palmdesert or (760) 346-2121.
Jump in a pool
- The Palm Springs Swim Center (405 S. Pavilion Way) features an Olympic-sized swimming pool for lap swimming. Reservations are required. More: bit.ly/swim-center or (760) 323-8278 and (760) 323-8279.
- The Palm Desert Aquatic Center (730751 Magnesia Falls Drive) has three swimming pools, including one for lap swimming. Water exercise classes also are offered. Reservations are required. More: pdpool.com or (760) 565-7467.
- Some local resorts offer residents the use of their pools. Rules and entry fees vary. Call to confirm the rules before you visit.
- The Urban Yoga Center, located at DAP Health (1695 N. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs), offers group classes, including at Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs. DAP Health patients and clients can exercise for free, but there is a fee for the general public. More: urbanyoga.org or (760) 320-7702.
- Everyone can practice yoga. It can be done alone or in groups, inside or outside. You can find videos on YouTube or download apps to guide you through a workout.
Shake a leg
- Step onto the dance floor at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. Sunday Latin Nights kicks off weekly at 9 p.m. Nacho Bustillos and Quinto Menguante play salsa, cumbia, banda, bachata, reggaeton and pop. More: sparesortcasino.com or (888) 999-1995.
- Dance workouts, which can be done indoors, are popular. You can find salsa dance workouts or Zumba classes online and on DVDs. More: To find a Zumba class, go to zumba.com.